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  • JEBar
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    info appreciated .... my wife would feel the same way

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  • Bkins
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    I think I’d like to try just staying on interstate 24 and going around, or through Chattanooga. Although the switchback Road was certainly drivable I have to wonder how much more fuel I burned going that route coupled with the fact that the road was traversed at the end of a long day. My wife doesn’t like the steep drop offs that those type roads have. She was sitting there with her fists clenched for a period of time. For that reason alone I would try the other way before the way I went next time.

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  • JEBar
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    sadly, tooooo well understood on really rough stretches of highway .... curious, after traveling this route, would you use it again ..?

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  • Bkins
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    Well the drive went well on route 136 from interstate 59 to route 27. There were a lot of twists and turns and a whole mess of hills both up and down. Had no trouble pulling any of the hills. The switchbacks, yep, that they were. I’m not sure any real time or money were saved going this route but the real reason I chose this route was to cut down on some of the road congestion I thought I’d run into around Chattanooga.

    A couple roadway notes here. Going through Louisville was just plain rough. Went south on route 65 through Louisville and boy oh boy do their roads suck and are in great need of resurfacing. It was the type of rough where you look in your rear view mirror to see what was being knocked off your rig. Once through the town the road was pretty decent. We took route 24 east towards Chattanooga when we got off 65. That proved to be one busy, busy road even in early afternoon.

    Time for some real serious roadwork tobegin in this great road network of ours.

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  • JEBar
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    looking forward to your evaluation after the drive .... do hope it goes well

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  • Bkins
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    Well I did call the campground that was mentioned by fivercamper and was told route 136 is used all the time by rigs towing and motor homes. There are hills on both sides of the park entrance which is at the plateau with the hill between interstate 59 and the campground being the steepest. The fellow said the switchbacks are entirely passable by people towing. We decided to go that way as it should cut out a lot of congestion.

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  • Bkins
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    I just looked at the roads blown up. I can either drive straight through or take 155 around to the east side. It looks like 155 goes down and intersects with 24 south below interstate 40. Is 155 complete below 40? Is 155 a good road to take? Thanks for all the help.

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  • Bkins
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    Well oh boy. Hadn’t heard that Nashville was bad. I WAS planning on driving through it on our way south. Coming down 65S and was planning on picking up 24 S/E. Any suggestions? Where are the sections of 24 that are not open?
    Last edited by Bkins; 11-11-2019, 02:47 PM. Reason: Another question added

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  • JEBar
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    Nashville is most certainly another one I could add .... at least, after way too many years, they have some stretches of I-24 open

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  • archbarb
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    If you think Atlanta is bad, drive thru my hometown Nashville, Tn..LOL. I personally don't mind going thru Atlanta. We try and time our arrival before or after the morning rush hour traffic.

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  • JEBar
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    we drive around Atlanta twice a year on out way to Texas and on our return trip .... we come in from the east on either I85 or I20 , take 285 around the east of Atlanta and head south on 85 .... we get in a lane and ride .... we make it a point to get there after 9:30 AM during the week and haven't found it makes much difference on weekends .... unless there is ice (we have driven through there when there was) or an accident, traffic moves along at a good clip ..... from what we've seen, LA out west, Houston down south, Chicago, NY City, DC up north have far worst traffic ... looking forward to your report on the switchbacks

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  • Bkins
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    Thanks and calling the park is a great idea even though we are not stopping there. You hit the nail on the head about driving around Atlanta. Lots of our camping friends continue to drive through Atlanta and then complain about their trip. We have never driven through the place except for once in 2004 and even then it was tough with amount of traffic. Things have only gotten worse. We also don’t like interstates and try to go around them. I’ll most likely give the squiggly route a try.

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  • fivercamper
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    Looks like 136 is the only access from the west to Cloudland Canyon State Park's campground. Perhaps a call to that park asking about access may give you some insight. I haven't driven that stretch of road but I have driven US19/129 over Blood Mtn between Blairsville and Cleveland, and GA17 between Hiawassee and Helen pulling the rig. Worst I did was tip over the pedestal dining table one time when I started having too much driving fun. Given the choice between driving through Atlanta or some back roads, I'll take the back roads every time.

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  • JEBar
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    Originally posted by Bkins View Post
    It looks like it’s a country road and it also looks to have some switchbacks.

    haven't driven that stretch of highway but years ago when we were passing through the area we were advised to avoid the switchbacks ... we stayed on the Interstate

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  • Bkins
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    Yes 136 is the road I was asking about. I transposed some numbers by mistake. Thanks for picking up on it.

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