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jimh posted 10-02-2002 11:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
We are planning to trailer the boat down to North Carolina for a week. Several people have mentioned trouble negotiating the hills from I-75 eastward into NC.

Any particular stretches of this route that are too steep and ought to be avoided? What's the best way?

kingfish posted 10-03-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Here is the reverse of the route I took coming home from Beaufort/Morehead City area this Spring towing Outre' full of gear. There were some mountains but I had no trouble with them, even in the rain. I enjoy the scenery in hilly/mountainous areas; some people don't.

I-75 South to US-23 (the exit is right at the two big Pioneer sugar towers); US-23 South and East to I-270 at Columbus; I-270 East and South to US-33; US-33 South and East to I-77; I-77 South through Charleston WV to US-52; US-52 South and East to I-40 or I-421 at Winston-Salem NC; I-421 East to I-40 then/or continue on I-40 East and South around Raleigh NC to US-70; US-70 South and east to New Bern NC and Morehead City NC--OR--continue on I-40 South towards Wilmington.

When I used the route this Spring, I went around Columbus on 270 to 33, took 33 to 75, 75 to 30, 30 to I-69, and 69 to I-94 and home. 23 should travel ok, I used to run that when I had horse shows at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus.

If you use the route above, you could also take I-70 directly East from I-270 to I-77, if you wanted to avoid going through some small towns. There are no mountains anywhere on this route that will give you any trouble pulling your boat behind the Suburban.

I've got the maps at home with the route high-lighted if they'd be of any help to you; I'd be glad to mail them.


Buckda posted 10-03-2002 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I77 gets a little tricky through W.VA on the toll portion, but is overall the best way down there (Taking I75 S. to I40 is NOT recommended as that can be treacherous through the mountains between Tennesses and NC).

I used to travel between home in St. Joseph, MI and undergraduate school in Lynchburg, VA 4 or 5 times a year on that route (Exited 77 S at Beckley, W.VA), and visited my brother in N. Carolina for years that way. The suburban should have no troubles with any of the grades in terms of pulling the Revenge.

I definitely endorse Kingfish's route.

David Jenkins posted 10-03-2002 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Jim: If you pass through the Raleigh/Durham area, my wife and I would be delighted to take you and your wife out to dinner. Email me for my phone number.
jimh posted 10-04-2002 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for the detailed advice. I will have to print this out and study the map.

Now, what is the proper talisman to take with me to deflect tropical storms away from NC for a week or so?

Sam Collins posted 10-08-2002 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
Site which might be of interest. Check out the links and note the last link on the page which goes NO WHERE.

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