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Old 03-28-2010, 08:03 AM
Location: The Bluegrass State
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I am driving from Kentucky to South Carolina this coming week. I used google maps to look at variosu routes because of the rock slide on I-40. One route is to take I-40 to Newport and then various back roads until I get around the rock slide (The roads mentioned being US-25, US-70, State TN-9) How difficult are these roads in that area? I am not a fan of curvy roads and my blood pressure does not enjoy close in driving. How much extra time would those roads cause to be added to my trip?

Should I just go to the Tri-cities and head south on I-26 until I hit Asheville?

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Old 03-28-2010, 02:21 PM
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US 25/70 is mainly two lanes from Newport to I-26 just north of Asheville. It is thru the mountains but not bad curvey mountain road in my opinion. Going that way will probably add a half an hour to your trip. Going up I-81 and down I-26 will add about an hour to your trip. These are just estimates as I've been both ways but never really timed the trip.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:34 PM
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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The back way from newport to Asheville is VERY curvy and steep near Hot Springs. Not a bad drive, just easier made in the daytime.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:48 PM
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