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Old 07-24-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
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Making a trip from Charlotte, NC to the Ft Dix area at the end of the week..... looking at going north on I-77 to I-81 then across I-76 and I-276...

Any thoughts on this route? I would like to avoid the I-95 nightmare if possible, but am concerned about the hilly terrain on the above route.

Your thoughts would be appreciated...

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Old 07-24-2016, 07:48 PM   #2
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I travel to NC couple of times a year and if I go during peak times, that's the way I would go. I-95 is okay if you are travelling at night when there is no congestion.
Besides I thing I-81 is more scenic.

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I live in south jersey and would suggest picking up Int. 70 east and go around Baltimore to 95 and then follow signs to cross into NJ at Delaware Mem. Bridge and follow Int 295 North. Stay away from Philly at all costs because of the DNC. There are restrictions for trucks and Motor Homes on Int 95 thru Philly. Or just stay on the Pa Tpk following signs for NJ. You will skirt Philly to the North and bring you into Jersey just even with Ft. Dix and Mcguire AFB.
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Russ.... Northbound on I-77 you'll have a pretty good climb starting about the NC/VA line. It climbs about 1500 ft in six miles to the summit at Fancy Gap. That's just under a 5% grade average, and in all aspects Interstate standards are maintained-- Lane width, curve radii, breakdown lanes, etc.
North of Fancy Gap the downgrade is respectable, though not quite as steep as the south side. But the grade mellows out fairly soon, and then it's a much milder grade for the remaining 20 miles or so down to I-81.
You shouldn't have any difficulty there. It's a real mountain grade, but it's good road, and standard mountain grade driving techniques will see you through just fine.
When you start north from the VA line on I-77 you'll be cutting right up the east side of the Blue Ridge. Mountains to your left, and the lower lands of the VA/NC Piedmont stretching off to your right. As you climb you get a more and more grand vista. I hope you'll have a nice visibility day when you travel.

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