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Old 07-11-2015, 10:53 AM   #1
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First time traveling Michigan to Naples fl suggestions?

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Old 07-11-2015, 11:44 AM   #2
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:28 PM   #4
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I75 south directly to Naples. You might be able to save a few miles by getting on and off of I75, but it probably wouldn't save any time.

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Thanks for the welcome. We sure appreciate it! We are brand new and love to read the forums to soak up all the wisdom we can. We would like to take a couple of weeks or more to travel from Michigan to Fl. Want to have fun and try not to stress because we are so inexperienced. Thanks again! We will be leaving in September��.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:48 PM   #6
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As someone else said, straight down I75.
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Frogdog, the only negative I see with I-75 all the way is driving through Atlanta. But you can work with that, particularly if you're taking your time.

You've got the right attitude. Take the time to enjoy the trip. We fulltime, and when we're traveling we only figure to average about 100 miles per day. We usually drive more than that on many days, but we also might wind up staying somewhere 3 or 4 days if we like it, so it averages out. Two weeks or so for a 1500 mile trip sounds good to me!

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As mentioned Atlanta can be an adventure, but if you can, try for a sun. morning and you shouldn't have much of a problem.
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We are in the UP and will be heading to FL next week. I just finished mapping a route that favors highways rather then interstates. It adds an extra 150 miles, and much more travel time due to lower speed limits, but we plan on about 8 weeks to get there.
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Made the drive from Sault Set Marie to Knoxville a couple days ago with 38' MH and toad. No major problems. Annoying construction in Ohio. One long pull around the KY/TN border - about 5 miles of 6% grade.

US23 stays west of Detroit and is excellent. Avoid Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati at rush hours. There is a lot of construction through the middle of Cincinnati on 75 - the lane shifts get a little hairy. I am not sure how the circle road bypass is - looks about 12 miles farther going to the east, but it may have construction also.

Once you cross the Ohio River, it is clear sailing to Knoxville. Someone else will have to pick it up from there, but I can say that you need to plan to pass by Atlanta at a time other than am 7:00 - 9:00 and pm 3:00 - 7:00.
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MI to FL more times than I care to count. Everyone hates Atlanta except me. Born and raised (have since moved) in the Detroit suburbs I remember how to drive on city interstates. I go straight through on I-75, no by-passes, pick a lane and stay in it. Works for me.
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X2 for US-23 around Detroit. The western bypass around Cincinnati is pretty good, and eliminates the in-town construction on I-75. There is one long hill after crossing the Ohio River, but it has a slow truck lane

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Made the drive from Sault Set Marie to Knoxville a couple days ago with 38' MH and toad. No major problems. Annoying construction in Ohio. One long pull around the KY/TN border - about 5 miles of 6% grade.

US23 stays west of Detroit and is excellent. Avoid Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati at rush hours. There is a lot of construction through the middle of Cincinnati on 75 - the lane shifts get a little hairy. I am not sure how the circle road bypass is - looks about 12 miles farther going to the east, but it may have construction also.

Once you cross the Ohio River, it is clear sailing to Knoxville. Someone else will have to pick it up from there, but I can say that you need to plan to pass by Atlanta at a time other than am 7:00 - 9:00 and pm 3:00 - 7:00.
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I too would take I-75.. Cities like Cincinatti and Atlanta... Try to hit em in the morning, not the afternoon rush hour.
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