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Old 10-07-2014, 12:03 AM   #1
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Rt 77, W. Virginia

Has anyone driven on Rt 77 thur W. Virgina, Virgina ? How are the driving conditions? We plan on driving south next month to fla from Mi. Thanks, John
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We just came up through there after 2 weeks in Lake Lure,NC. 77 was in good condition over all........like all roads, it had its rough spots, but all in all it was good traveling.
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I actually like driving that road. It has some beautiful scenery and plenty of good, large full service rest areas. It is steep and winding in places and has plenty of truck traffic but it is basically as good an interstate as most of them. We always stop at the travel plaza in Beckley and visit the Tamarack at the top of the hill. Plenty of space to park your RV and you can stay overnight in their lot if you desire.
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Our preferred route from Pittsburgh to FL. An easy drive and not near as desolate as it was years ago. Cellphone service all the way. A plus is the WV turnpike is the cheapest toll road in the USA.
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Does Rt77 have as many steep grades as Rt 75? Guess I should have asked that to begin with. Thanks, John
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Does Rt77 have as many steep grades as Rt 75? Guess I should have asked that to begin with. Thanks, John
Well it is WVA so there are some grades. I don't believe there are any steeper than the 6% max you see on most interstate highways. Most of them are fairly short. The road is more like a roller coaster than just any one long and steep climb. The curves are sweeping. If you prefer straight level roads and have some uneasiness on mountain roads, I-77 might not be to your liking. With so many boring roads in the country, I find it sort of an adventure to drive
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I actually like driving that road. It has some beautiful scenery and plenty of good, large full service rest areas. It is steep and winding in places and has plenty of truck traffic but it is basically as good an interstate as most of them. We always stop at the travel plaza in Beckley and visit the Tamarack at the top of the hill. Plenty of space to park your RV and you can stay overnight in their lot if you desire.
Do you park at the travel plaza with the trucks or at Tamarack on the upper level? Rt 77 is good with no problems but I never took the RV up to Tamarack
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Just came through that way to/from the Nat'l Rally. Good roads, plenty of plazas to side off to stretch your legs, 5% grade max in WV. Can be foggy around the Beckley area. Through VA nicely rolling. We were class 4 so on the WV turnpike section it cost us $9.75 each way to get through the 3 toll booths.

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Do you park at the travel plaza with the trucks or at Tamarack on the upper level? Rt 77 is good with no problems but I never took the RV up to Tamarack
They do have RV and Bus parking spaces up on the hill in the Tamarack parking lot. Last time thru there, we parked the coach with toad in their lot.
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Yep, there's a lot marked just for RV/bus parking adjacent to Vankirk Dr. As you come in off the exit, stay straight on Vankirk & it'll make a bend to the right. Turn into the first right (Dickerson Dr dumps out there, but I don't think there a street sign), then immediately make a sharp right into the parking lot. It's a tight turn, but we made it with our coach & toad. Parking at the edges allows you to put out a slide over the grass area, but it's not quite level (enough for your fridge though) if you don't put down your jacks. Pic below with RV lot highlighted.

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I-77 has 2 long tunnels that eliminate d the need for a couple steep grades.
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Fancy gap can be tricky if the wind is up. Came up it last spring and got knocked around a bit by the wind gusts. One gust pushed me over about a half a lane before I knew what hit me. About two miles further on there was an 18 wheeler on its side. Use the far right lanes at the toll booths, they are wider.


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