I expect some jokes at my expense (I can handle it), but here goes. I have always flown into Norfolk and driven down to Hatteras; however, if I land this job on the island for which I had an excellent interview by phone today, I will have to drive there from Evansville, IN when relocating. There's just one problem; I have this crippling, stupid, irrational phobia of driving at high elevations. Specifically, the Blue Ridge Parkway and those intimidating looking viaducts, scaling the edge of mountains. Good Lord, I really don't want to drive around the edge of a mountain. Over a mountain is one thing, but the ridge? Puke.
Growing up, I often made trips to East Tennessee with the family to visit my grandparents, but my parents were the ones driving, and I was either asleep or probably fighting with my brother, because I don't recall being too terribly scared back then. However, I have since heard the horror stories of the winding roads of the Blue Ridge Pkwy., and how terrified adult friends were. I assume it was the Deals Gap area, which I don't think I'll be having to drive on, but I just want to know if any of you can recommend a way that might not be quite as bad. I have googled and searched here, but haven't been able to find an answer. Google Maps gives me these three routes, which I would only consider the bottom two. Can anyone tell me which is the better route? I'm thinking the very bottom one looks maybe less like an impending stroke. Or is there a better option not shown here? Google Maps doesn't always show the best routes. I once turned into a cemetery because Google Maps told me to. Yep, I was that person I make fun of. I was up until 1am, stressing over this crap last night, googling and mapping it out. I can't really tell by zooming in what it really looks like. Any helpful advice would be appreciated.