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Old 02-07-2013, 10:05 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Never Never i95 Out thru NJ I78 to I81 in PA I77 to I85
My brother swears by this route to avoid the majority of the tolls, but 95 to 85 is quicker by several hours.

To the OP: So do not leave at 3am. You'll hit the DC morning rush, then the hit the beginning of the rush in Charlotte, and the middle of the Atlanta rush. 11pm is the magic hour. You skip every rush hour down the east coast and get to Atlanta around three. I did that the last time I drove back from NYC last year and it was a breeze.

Edit: Ooops, just noticed that the 22ndis a Friday. Leave anytime you want. Lol
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:56 AM
 
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Take I-95 to I-85

/end thread
Sometimes it's hard to tell if people are trying to be @ $$holes or if it just come naturally.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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I've driven ATL - NYC multple times. Given your schedule take 81 as long as snow isn't forecast for that area. You'll waste time sitting in morning rush hour traffic in the Balt - DC area if you take 95.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: North Fulton, GA
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Have done both routes and they each have their own pros and cons depending on weather forecasts and time and day of the week you are leaving (DC area rush hour traffic can be brutal).
Have driving from New York- DC so many times and sometimes it is a dream and other times a nightmare.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:01 AM
 
Location: atlanta
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this might be a dumb question, but have you considered taking the train or flying? seems like a long way to go. but whatever you do, avoid washington dc. the traffic is terrible. if 81'll get you there, take 81. you might take 81 and then around roanoke take 77 down to charlotte, and then go south on 85, mainly because the drive on 77 is fantastic, very beautiful scenery.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:06 PM
 
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Thanks guys. It appears I will be taking 81 S. If my time was flexible, when is the ideal time to leave my house? 3AM is best, or is 11PM ( a few hrs before )? I don't want to hit any traffic on my way.

Last edited by TriV E uhM; 02-10-2013 at 06:45 PM..
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:50 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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11pm you might pick up some tall end traffic thru NYC, (Nothing much to worry about). You can head out anytime after the Friday night rush (when you say Friday 3am is that Thursday into Friday? or Friday into Saturday?)

But wither way 11p or 3a wont make much of a difference as long as you are clear of the NYC and mid way in to NJ by morning rush hour (if its Thr->Fri) (Fri->Sat) will made no difference the traffic load is lite.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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My plan is to leave sometime late Thurs night > Friday morning. I may just end up leaving at 3:00 AM. I have a nice radar detector to help me along the way.

My route is from zip code 11580 to zip code 30017. Google Maps puts me with three routes:
- 81 S
- 85 S
- US-29 S and I-85 S

Im balancing my tires, aligning them as well. I've changed spark plugs, transmission oil, air filter, wiper blades, and oil/filter.

What should I take to eat/drink during my drive? What type of music do you recommend? Thanks all.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:13 PM
 
Location: ATL
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My plan is to leave sometime late Thurs night > Friday morning. I may just end up leaving at 3:00 AM. I have a nice radar detector to help me along the way.

My route is from zip code 11580 to zip code 30017. Google Maps puts me with three routes:
- 81 S
- 85 S
- US-29 S and I-85 S

Im balancing my tires, aligning them as well. I've changed spark plugs, transmission oil, air filter, wiper blades, and oil/filter.

What should I take to eat/drink during my drive? What type of music do you recommend? Thanks all.
You moving or you coming down for a vacation?

I would eat some bbq ribs and collard greens while listening to Vanilla Ice
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I normally have a small cooler with bottles of water, and pack of oreo's and/or grapes. I would toss in a gallon windshield washer fluid. You can go thru a lot of it. I load up my IPOD with my my normal mix, Radio station are few and far between some places and sometimes have trouble finding one I like. If your car has one a IPOD to AUX plug is good, A Y cigarette adapter, so you can keep your IPOD charged and your GPS running @ same time.


I tend to stop about ever 3-4hrs to stretch my legs, get gas (I fill up when the tank get to 2/3 empty) There are stretches where Open gas station are 50+ miles apart.
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