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Old 06-01-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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Best route to Asheville, NC from Amory, MS

We are planning to go to Asheville NC next week in our motorhome. We have a Rand McNally RVND 7710 GPS but don't trust it yet. We live in Amory, MS and are fine with the route all the way to Chattanooga TN. Would it be better to go up 75 and go to 40 or turn in in Chattanooga and hit hwy 74 into North Carolina to Asheville. This is what our gps is telling us to do.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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If you are not in a hurry and want to see some beautiful countryside, hit highway 74 to Asheville, via Murphy, Bryson City and Waynesville. If time matters and you do not like curves and steep grades best to go 75 to 40 to Asheville.
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Last year we went to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville via 40 from Sevierville, TN -- Hwy 40 is a good road and it does have beautiful views --
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:55 PM   #4
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The drive up 40 is beautiful but a real climb especially with toad. I'd go through Atlanta, then
85 and 26 into Asheville. It's the same distance. Check out the Grove Park Inn while your there. Have a safe trip.

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Old 06-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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The drive up 40 is beautiful but a real climb especially with toad. I'd go through Atlanta, then
85 and 26 into Asheville. It's the same distance. Check out the Grove Park Inn while your there. Have a safe trip.
Having been both ways on many occasions I have to dispute the climb. The climb on I40 is not long or steep. The major climb on I26 at the Saluda grade is much longer and steeper than any climb on I40.
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I lived in that area for over five years. I 40 is absolutely no problem! If you really want to see some beautiful country go through the Nantahala Gorge. Windy yes, but OTR trucks use this route every day. Stop at Bryson City take the Smoky Mountain train to NOC and watch the rafting while having lunch. A lifetime experience!
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We've done I40 a number of times, no problem. There are some steep sections, but you've probably done worse. We've only done highway 74 between I40 and Cherokee NC. At least that section of the "Mountain Expressway" was no problem.
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We are planning to go to Asheville NC next week in our motorhome. We have a Rand McNally RVND 7710 GPS but don't trust it yet. ....
A GPS can save your bacon, our fry it very crisp.

Use more than one source of information. It also helps to read and heed signs.

We have a local road that is well signed that big rigs should avoid, says something like 'not suitable for tractor trailers'. Every season a big rig gets stuck because they follow their Gps.
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Thank you for the advice on our trip. We are looking forward to our adventure in this area.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:13 AM   #10
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Run the gorge. Take your time. Have done it a number of times. Nice rest stop in the middle if you want to take a break. If you choose to go I26 from the south to Asheville there is One long steep grade just south of Asheville. Pulling a toad started at the bottem at 75mph and was down to 53-54mph when we reached the top. One of those grades that revved up the ol v10. Nice highway both ways. If you come from the south, gas in Greenville SC, seems their fuel prices are most of the time lower.
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Well we made it to Asheville just fine, but I can tell you that the Rand McNally GPS is junk by my thinking. Kept wanting us to take back roads when we got to North Carolina. I like taking the interstate roads myself.
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