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Old 06-25-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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I have already Google mapped this, but I am wondering if anyone can give feedback on the best route for this move? I have a sister who lived in Lexington, KY and I looked at staying with her for a night, but it means driving the rest of the way through West Virginia, which may not be ideal-- the roads are pretty windy and steep from what I recall. I will be renting a Penske truck and towing a small car.

Has anyone done this? What do you recommend?
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:14 AM
 
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I haven't driven that route specificaly but I've been through all those states except WV and SC. Are you on any time constraints? If not, why not take a route that you may find the most interesting visually? Map it out based on key points you may want to visit. Unless you are on time and budget constraints I would choose the most interesting path as opposed to the most economical.
I drove a Penske truck from Idaho to Chicago and took advantage of it. I knew it was unlikely I'd ever been in South Dakota again so I took the opportunity and detoured to see Mount Rushmore. Glad I did. The detour only cost me a couple of hours. I also hit some other points I had always wanted to see and I used the road trip as an opportunity to do so.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:21 AM
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I have already Google mapped this, but...
I will be renting a Penske truck and towing a small car.
I-65 through Montgomery; then I-85 past Atlanta and up into Virginia... then I-95 to DC.
Send sister a postcard.

google calls it at over 1100 miles and almost 17hrs (in a car).
Plan your truck ride to be far slower and a bit longer than that pace.

At 55MPH... it's no less than 22 hours behind the wheel.
Don't expect to do more than 8 rolling hours behind the wheel per day.

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Old 06-26-2013, 03:00 PM
 
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Stop by at Ruby Falls if you get a chance...it's in Tn.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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I have already Google mapped this, but I am wondering if anyone can give feedback on the best route for this move? I have a sister who lived in Lexington, KY and I looked at staying with her for a night, but it means driving the rest of the way through West Virginia, which may not be ideal-- the roads are pretty windy and steep from what I recall. I will be renting a Penske truck and towing a small car.

Has anyone done this? What do you recommend?
I would go the most direct route which is I-59 to I-81 to I-66. The I-81 route is through mountains but was built on ridge lines with no winding curves and only mild elevation changes. I-95 is a nightmare most any day around DC/Virginia/Maryland and would avoid it if at all possible.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:47 AM
 
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If your not comfortable w/ a large truck on long grades, some are 4 miles or so, then skip West Virginia. Plus if you take I-64 all the way through to I-81 in Virginia you have 2 tolls to pay in WV. The I-65 to I-85 route is good, I believe 85 goes to Charlotte,NC, from there i'd go up I-77 to I-81 to I-66. It ads miles(and fuel) but I-95 sucks. Plus I-85 from Raleigh-Durham to Petersburg,VA is very empty, but if you don't want ANY big hills and a shorter trip then definetly take I-85.

I-81 is a primary truck route, it's easy to find fuel and the few large hill climbs have truck lanes. The southern end from Wytheville to Roanoke will be slow going in a moving truck, espically if it has a governor restricting the speed.

The only problem with I-66 to D.C. is if you are going inside the Beltway (I-495) to Falls Church, Arlington, or D.C. any day Monday-Friday(excluding holidays) until 9am(?) the ENTIRE interstate is HOV-2 only. They sit at the exits and ticket you when you get off, if your by yourself.
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