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Old 11-30-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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Hi all,

So I'm thinking of driving from Boston to Asheville NC for New Year's Eve (probably leaving the 30th or 31st and coming back the 2nd or 3rd), and I'm wondering what route is best to take. I have a little coupe (Scion tC) that I have not yet driven in the snow, so I'm not sure how it will handle. I'm also a little nervous about the mountains on 81S--are they anything to worry about? I have driven through mountains California, Arizona, and New Mexico, so I expect the Appalachians to be much smaller, but you never know.

From reading other posts on the forum, it sounds like 81S will have less traffic, but is also more rural (which is potentially problematic if I get in a jam in the snow?). Any thoughts on the best route to take are welcome! Thanks!

Kerry
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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81 will give you a beautiful ride and most likely less traffic. The elevations aren't drastic, they are more gradual and shouldn't pose a problem at all. There are plenty of exits with services all along the route. The bigger question might be after 81, will you get off at 77? That has more noticeable grades, and includes some runaway truck lanes. Fortunately, NC doesn't see much in the way of snow, so if you make it out of New England, you should be ok.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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I'd run I-81 down to I-26; it's complete to Asheville now. And no more challenging than Black Mountain on I-40 is.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I'd run I-81 down to I-26; it's complete to Asheville now. And no more challenging than Black Mountain on I-40 is.
I'd second this recommendation - with I-26 completed you can avoid I-77/I-40 and head directly to Asheville from Johnson City.

Plus, that section of I-26 at the TN/NC line is really scenic!
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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Skemper, even though I-81 and I-26 are "rural" interstates, you'll have PLENTY of company! Someone will be close by in case of problems!
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