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Old 11-10-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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I have not been able to find a route from Dunnellon to New Smyrna Beach that isn't circuitous and troublesome in one way or another. So, I can easily go to Ocala and then go from there. I thought someone might be able to tell me if the route on FL 40E from Ocala to where it meets up with I-95 is a good way to go. Is anyone familiar with FL 40E from Ocala going east?
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Old 11-10-2015, 04:39 PM
 
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40 east is pretty much a straight shot to Daytona. Once out of Ocala, it is mostly 2 lanes and opens up with occasional passing lanes to help get around slower traffic. It's a pretty desolate run through the forest and scrub, with many miles between gas stations and fast food restaurants. Likewise, cell phone service can be temperamental. That being said, it is not a bad drive and the only real way to get there from here. I have to add that I prefer not to drive it at night due to the deer and other animals, but I have done it with no problem..

Dax
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Old 11-10-2015, 08:59 PM
 
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Just drove it two weekends ago for the first time. When you're stuck behind a slow car, those passing lanes can't come soon enough. Make sure you have a full tank and that your car is in good shape. Bad road to break down on. There's not that many gas stations nor places to eat.

I drove it in the early night-- not too bad--but I certainly wouldn't make it a habit.
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Old 11-10-2015, 09:17 PM
 
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Dax13 and wizrap, thanks so much for your responses. That's exactly the information I needed. It sounds like a much better way to go then what I've tried so far. I'll give it a try next week when I head over that way. Thanks again.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:33 PM
 
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Check out Sparky's for good Italian food in Astor, FL on the way. Not affiliated, just a fan.

Ocala National Forest has been number 1 in bears struck by automobiles in FL recently, I don't know if it still holds the title. The male black bears out there grow to be up to 700lbs. That is enough to total your car and cause injury or death to its occupants. I almost hit a very large one at speed at night, luckily I was able to avoid it, and I was doing 55 mph. I have been all through those woods, you don't normally see them from the road, but the woods are thick with bears. They have no natural predators out there, and we have not hunted them for a very long time. There was a brief hunting season on them recently, but it was cancelled. They have become used to our presence in that is a bad thing.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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There was a brief hunting season on them recently, but it was cancelled.
Not exactly. The hunt was ended after the first day or so because the hunt quota was met far sooner than expected. The bears were here much longer than us.
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:38 AM
 
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Yes, that is the way most volusia county residents make it over to alachua county/UF. It ends right into Ormond Beach. It is an annoying 2-lane rd to drive on with only intermittent passing lanes available
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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It's the easiest and most direct route. I'd recommend only driving it during daylight hours and keeping your wits about you, however. Between the terrible drivers, overzealous LEOs, and potential wildlife encounters, it can be annoying or outright dangerous.
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Old 11-14-2015, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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It's the easiest and most direct route. I'd recommend only driving it during daylight hours and keeping your wits about you, however. Between the terrible drivers, overzealous LEOs, and potential wildlife encounters, it can be annoying or outright dangerous.
Good advice and I definitely agree.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:32 PM
 
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Not exactly. The hunt was ended after the first day or so because the hunt quota was met far sooner than expected. The bears were here much longer than us.
Just supports what I was saying, the woods are really full of bears. Not enough woods, too many bears. I am not surprised that the hunters found and killed them easily. They are everywhere, eating people's garbage. Not enough resources in the woods, so they enter sub divisions. We stop building, or kill more wildlife, one or the other.

Count on this when on 40 E. The slow car who is holding everyone up will speed up when the passing zone begins. Only 1 or 2 cars will get around them. A return to the exact speed limit will follow at the end of the passing zone. It's go slow, or ludicrous speed out there.
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