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Old 02-08-2015, 10:31 PM   #1
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Road to Fort Meyer FL

First trip to Fort Meyer's FL. Traveling from Fargo ND and we have a stop in Springfield MO. Stright shot down the interstate through Kansas City into Springfield ... then where? Looking at the Maps it looks like very few good roads to go south east from Springfield. Looking for input on the best route from Springfield MO to Fort Meyer. I don't like two lane roads when I don't know them. We have 1990 Monaco 38' diesel towing a full size Chevy truck.
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:12 PM   #2
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Hi Lynnford,
Consider going South on route 65 until you pick up I40 in Arkansas. It is 4 lane past Branson. It will go to 2 lane, but do not hesitate to use the road. It is a nice drive (pending weather) before you hit the cruise control, brain dead Interstate driving. I've done the road both ways many times with a 40' coach towing a SUV.
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Lynnford,
I was in Carthage MO back in Oct & took 44 west to 49 south to 40 east to Little Rock then south on 530 picked up US 65 to I-20.
The route was decent, several fuel stops & resturants.
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I was in Carthage MO back in Oct & took 44 west to 49 south to 40 east to Little Rock then south on 530 picked up US 65 to I-20.
The route was decent, several fuel stops & resturants.
Just to piggyback on this post. I have also traveled this route and it is a good one. Just beware of speed traps on US 65 in Louisiana. The section between the Arkansas/Louisiana State line and I-20 is littered with speed traps, especially in the town of Lake Providence, Louisiana. Two miles per hour over the speed limit will get you a ticket. They target out of state drivers here, in particular. Just be careful.
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Lynnford,
I was in Carthage MO back in Oct & took 44 west to 49 south to 40 east to Little Rock then south on 530 picked up US 65 to I-20.
The route was decent, several fuel stops & resturants.
This is the most amazing web-site ever. Thanks for all your input ... Is US 65 to I-20 a good route one other post also said it was a good road. One more question ... after on I-20 east did you take a US 80 to Montgomery and the US 82 south east to eventually catch I-75 south to Florida ? That's the end goal is to get to I-75 south. One more question were you in Carthage MO at the Colaw salvage yard? We were going to stop to look at another couch.
thanks so much
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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I live in Fla- on the East Coast, above Palm Beach.

My advise is to get to I-10, and meander to the coast from there. You will see the real Florida. The panhandle from Mobile all the way down to Ft Myers is Fantastic. Or over through the Ocala National Forest is pretty special, as well.

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This is the most amazing web-site ever. Thanks for all your input ... Is US 65 to I-20 a good route one other post also said it was a good road. One more question ... after on I-20 east did you take a US 80 to Montgomery and the US 82 south east to eventually catch I-75 south to Florida ? That's the end goal is to get to I-75 south. One more question were you in Carthage MO at the Colaw salvage yard? We were going to stop to look at another couch.
thanks so much
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Pastor Lynn,
US 65 to I-20 is a good road, I did it in OCT & I'm pretty sure it was 4 lane all the way.
We took I-20 to I-55 South to I-12 to I-10 then east to I-75.
We were in Carthage at Coachlight RV to have some work done, I went to Colow Salvage yard & they have absolutely anything you could possibly need for an RV, I was selling my Windsor & needed a couple of light fixtures & storage bay locks & they had them.
If you need a place to stay go to the campground at Coachlight it's a great place & just up 49 from I-44.
Also just FYI we stayed at Pontchartrain Landings in New Orleans & Big Oak in Tallahassee.
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US 65 is a 4 lane highway in Arkansas. It changes to a two lane highway from Lake Village, Arkansas to Talullah, Louisiana, where you intersect I-20. It is a good 2-lane highway, and is quite scenic around Lake Providence, Louisiana. Like I said above, just be aware of your speed from the Arkansas State Line until you get to Tallulah. The County Sheriff and Lake Providence Police Department love to ticket out-of-staters. This is a nice little camp ground, below, in Lake Village, Arkansas that we use when we take this route going to Northwest Arkansas.

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If you are going to I-75 in Florida, this is the route I use and would recommend. Stay on US 65 to Tallulah, Louisiana. Take Interstate 20 East to Jackson, Mississippi. Then take US 49 South, which is 4-lane, to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In Hattiesburg, take US 98, which is also 4-lane, to Mobile, Alabama. In Mobile, you will need to get on I-65 South for approximately 5 miles, where you will intersect Interstate 10. Take I-10 East approximately 330 miles and you will intersect I-75. I have done this route many times. The only bad section is approximately a 15 mile stretch on US 98, from the Alabama State Line, to Interstate 65. This is a two lane stretch of road that can be congested sometimes, but is easily douable with my Hurricane pulling a Ford Focus TOAD.
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If you are going to I-75 in Florida, this is the route I use and would recommend. Stay on US 65 to Tallulah, Louisiana. Take Interstate 20 East to Jackson, Mississippi. Then take US 49 South, which is 4-lane, to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In Hattiesburg, take US 98, which is also 4-lane, to Mobile, Alabama. In Mobile, you will need to get on I-65 South for approximately 5 miles, where you will intersect Interstate 10. Take I-10 East approximately 330 miles and you will intersect I-75. I have done this route many times. The only bad section is approximately a 15 mile stretch on US 98, from the Alabama State Line, to Interstate 65. This is a two lane stretch of road that can be congested sometimes, but is easily douable with my Hurricane pulling a Ford Focus TOAD.
Good advice.....we've done it many times in 40' with tow
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I agree with jlabit have done that route many times, only watch out on I-20 from Vicksburg Ms. to Jackson Ms. it is a real roller coaster in spots. Also watch the signs carefully as you go through Jackson particularly the I-55/I-10 split, it is easy to get caught in the wrong lane.

If you have time stop in Vicksburg and visit the Vicksburg Civil War Park. It is truly worth the time, great little museum and a very easy driving tour, also very sobering. Casino parking is very close.
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