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Old 01-02-2015, 04:32 AM   #1
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Question Buffalo to Eustis FL

First time RVers will be heading south in 2 weeks in our 31' class C. First long drive and am a bit nervous about the trip. As we are retired we can take our time so dates are not set in stone. Trying to figure out easiest route with fewer Mountains. Rt 79 tru Pa or 77 tru Ohio or something different?
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You are going to have to choose traffic or mountains..........I-95 down the coast is the flattest route, I-79 to R-19 TO I-77.......lots of big hills, Once into NC flattens out.....Seems to be the most popular route to take though. Same with I-77 ....in Ohio, lost of big curves on big hills...... I have been all 3 way's.......Nothing to be nervous about, relax, and enjoy your retirement! You earned it.........You are going to have fun........and are going to be warm soon! Enjoy......
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:15 PM   #3
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I might pass on the 95 route. It can get traffic nasty very quickly. I suggest you work your way to I-81 and avoid the WVa route and the mountains that involves. 81 is a bit longer, but there are many opportunities to boondock overnight. You will hit traffic on 79 and 279 although it is still doable.
On 81, you will hit some 'mtns' on 81 but nothing more than some hills. I have hit some snow on a few occasions but nothing to cause worries. The route down
81 to 77 is pretty uneventful but there is some neat scenery in the old houses. When you hit 77 the only concern might be Fancy Gap. You lose altitude but it is done in steps and just keep your descending speed down and pay attention and you will be OK. My biggest problems over the years have been winds on the northbound lanes and fog on occasions.
You will likely run into traffic between Statesville and Charlotte. This is the area where the racing crowd lives on the lake and is always busy. You can run that to Columbia, SC and get I-26 toward Charleston until you hit 95 south. Personally, I have hit jams all the way from along 95 to well below Savannah, but that is pretty much the way to travel unless you go 85 into Florida and then turn east over to Eustis and that will add miles.
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