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Old 11-15-2020, 11:01 AM   #1
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Florida Panhandle Route Advice needed

What's the best route between Eastpoint, FL and Mobile, AL pulling a 40' FW? For some strange reason (possibly a good one), my 770 RV GPS wants to steer me back towards Tallahassee rather than north west routes. I prefer to move north / northwest back to I-10 but there are several options which I'm not familiar with. Would prefer to avoid Panama City & Pensacola.
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Given the choice of avoiding Tallahassee or Panama City I'd pick Tallahassee any day. I don't see how you can avoid Pensacola tho on I-10. Unless you divert all the way up to I-65 and that is way out of the direct path. We've never seen any issue driving thru there. Looking at the map I'd take 98 to Panama City then north to I-10 and west from there.
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By avoiding Panama City & Pensacola, I meant I didn't want to follow the coast along U.S. 98 and up through that route to get on I-10. I prefer to head up Rt. 65 but don't know about Rt 12 to Blountstown or if I have to trend east towards Tallahassee
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I would take 65 N to Hosford, then W on 20 to Freeport, then N on 331 to I-10.
I've driven this many times with my 32' class A pulling a toad. I took 12 one time and it wasn't that great. We saw a bear one time off the side of the road.

You could also take 71 N from Port St. Joe. Sometimes there is not a good direct route from point A to point B so just enjoy the drive!

In my case, I don't really like driving on freeways so I generally take side roads and drive about 62 MPH. I don't mind 2 lane highways as long as they have less traffic and a good shoulder. I have not driven this route in a couple of years so I recommend you check the state website for any storm damaged roads. I heard that the I-10 bridge by Pensacola had quite a bit of damage earlier this year.

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I think I'm going up 65 to Hosford, then 20 west to Blountstown to 71 north to I-10. That seems to be the quickest best route. I'm unfamiliar with any of those 3 routes. The GPS didn't reject them, so that's going in the program.
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Re: Highway 98

This was copied from the FL DOT website:

"Is the Pensacola Bay Bridge open?
No, the bridge is closed to all traffic. The structure suffered severe damage on Sept. 16, 2020, after multiple barges used in the construction of the bridge escaped their moorings in the high winds and seas and struck the bridge."

We were in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Foley area in mid-October, and there is still a lot of cleanup efforts from Hurricane Sally, still continuing.
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I grew up in that area. The roads you listed will be a good ride and the fastest way to go.
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Well if it's closed, I'm sure they will detour us around via U.S. 90....or I would think.
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Even if the Gulf Breeze to Pensacola bridge is open, U.S. 98 all the way would be one of the very last ways I would consider routing your trip unless you want to do the "stop light tour of the Florida panhandle"!
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We evac'd to the state park in Spanish Fort (just outside of Mobile) when hurricane Michael came in 2 years back. If looking for a spot it is a decent/ economical place.


Of course you can go south of there (Foley, Orange Beach, etc) for some higher end places.
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Even if the Gulf Breeze to Pensacola bridge is open, U.S. 98 all the way would be one of the very last ways I would consider routing your trip unless you want to do the "stop light tour of the Florida panhandle"!
Detour via 90, not 98.
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We evac'd to the state park in Spanish Fort (just outside of Mobile) when hurricane Michael came in 2 years back. If looking for a spot it is a decent/ economical place.


Of course you can go south of there (Foley, Orange Beach, etc) for some higher end places.
If you are talking about Meaher State Park, already got resevations there.
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I've driven 65 between Eastpoint and US 90 near Quincy, several times including in my small Class C. There are long stretches of nothing and there is virtually no place to safely pull off the road if something happens, so check everything carefully, before you start out. The shoulder of the road is not suitable at all, you will get stuck.

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