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Old 11-12-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Now, I have not done this drive from Raleigh, but I have done it from NJ to Richmond, passing through the horrific traffic of NVA several times. I *think* you would be fine leaving at 6a on Wed. Things will get worse as the day progresses, but you'll be ahead of most of the volume. Do yourself a favor and skip the breakfast stop. Eat before you leave or pack some snacks and plan on a big lunch when you arrive.
I'd stop at a WaWa & gas up & grab sandwiches & drinks for the road.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:29 PM
 
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I'm faced with the same drive. Being new to the Raleigh area (Brier Creek), how exactly do I make my way over to 29 North? Do I start out on 501North and scoot over or perhaps start on 40 West ? I'd like to think I'll be on the road by 6am on Wednesday but somehow that normally works out, 7:30 more likely :-(
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Southport
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I'm faced with the same drive. Being new to the Raleigh area (Brier Creek), how exactly do I make my way over to 29 North? Do I start out on 501North and scoot over or perhaps start on 40 West ? I'd like to think I'll be on the road by 6am on Wednesday but somehow that normally works out, 7:30 more likely :-(
501 to Lynchburg, pick up 29 there.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I'm faced with the same drive. Being new to the Raleigh area (Brier Creek), how exactly do I make my way over to 29 North? Do I start out on 501North and scoot over or perhaps start on 40 West ? I'd like to think I'll be on the road by 6am on Wednesday but somehow that normally works out, 7:30 more likely :-(
From Chapel Hill, we take 86 through Hillsborough and then pick up 29 around Danville, VA. So I-40 to 86 may make sense for you.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: West Raleigh
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Amtrak sells out months in advance of Thanksgiving.
Ok, so it might be sold out now but in the future it might be an option for others (or even the OP next year) and the fact that it's sold out shows it's a viable and desirable way to make this trip.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Ok, so it might be sold out now but in the future it might be an option for others (or even the OP next year) and the fact that it's sold out shows it's a viable and desirable way to make this trip.
Yeah, except when you're sitting on a train for 3 hours, not moving (which happened to me a couple Thanksgivings ago when the train hit a truck on the tracks, and they had to wait for the train to be inspected)
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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We're probably driving up Wednesday morning to NoVA as well and we'll most likely be taking this route http://alturl.com/qdxvb. I've done it many times and taking rt. 15 all the way through Central Va and meeting up with rt. 29 in Culpeper is a scenic route and it's roughly the same distance as taking 85 to 95. It's about 25-30 shorter than taking 501 to 29 and probably about 10-15 minutes faster. It usually takes me 1 hour longer to go this route than taking 85 to 95, but like others have pointed out you could possibly be sitting in 2-3 hours extra traffic taking 95, especially if there are accidents.

A good portion of rt. 15 is only two lanes however, so you can get behind slower vehicles from time to time, but I've never once faced traffic on this road in the 16 years I've driven on it.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: West Raleigh
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Yeah, except when you're sitting on a train for 3 hours, not moving (which happened to me a couple Thanksgivings ago when the train hit a truck on the tracks, and they had to wait for the train to be inspected)
Well, a car can hit a truck and cause a 3 hour backup on the highway too. I'm not saying it's flawless, but I personally would rather be stuck in a train not moving where I can read, sleep, work or whatever than be stuck in the car. To each their own, I suppose.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Well, a car can hit a truck and cause a 3 hour backup on the highway too. I'm not saying it's flawless, but I personally would rather be stuck in a train not moving where I can read, sleep, work or whatever than be stuck in the car. To each their own, I suppose.
Yeah, ANY route can get backed up because of a freak occurrence. You could be the only car on the road but a wind storm blow over a huge tree across the road and have to wait 2 hours for someone to come move it. But, at least train schedules are general more predictable (to within 30 minutes) than cars at this time of year in high-destination places.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:32 PM
 
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Yeah, ANY route can get backed up because of a freak occurrence. You could be the only car on the road but a wind storm blow over a huge tree across the road and have to wait 2 hours for someone to come move it. But, at least train schedules are general more predictable (to within 30 minutes) than cars at this time of year in high-destination places.
You have a more generous opinion of train timeliness than I do. I enjoy taking the train, but only when I don't have a schedule to stick to. I only take the train when I am prepared to be 3-4 hours delayed. Not much better expectation of schedule than driving, IME.
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