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How about a co pilot to help with driving the hard part of the trip? You could get them a one way ticket back from Norfolk airport. My BIL did that when he moved to Idaho. Worked pretty well. I know that's a much longer trip but its worth considering.


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RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




How about a co pilot to help with driving the hard part of the trip? You could get them a one way ticket back from Norfolk airport. My BIL did that when he moved to Idaho. Worked pretty well. I know that's a much longer trip but its worth considering.

Gettysburg Lady


Yes, my best friend and I have discussed that, but not sure she's completely on board because of her work schedule. I'm just preparing for everything right now, in case that isn't an option, and I have to go alone. Although, she is completely fearless when driving, and tends to speed and tail people, so that might be worse. haha


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I tried Google Maps and it shows going through Louisville, Lexington, Huntington, Beckley, Greensboro, etc. is faster by 21 minutes than through Nashville, Asheville, and Greensboro. It's all interstate driving, although it does go through a lot of mountains. Haven't been out that way in quite awhile, but I would think the interstate would take the tame route through.

There are some shortcuts closer to me that would take you by Lover's Leap, and Dead Man's Curve, but you'd probably never drive again. lol


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I tried Google Maps and it shows going through Louisville, Lexington, Huntington, Beckley, Greensboro, etc. is faster by 21 minutes than through Nashville, Asheville, and Greensboro. It's all interstate driving, although it does go through a lot of mountains. Haven't been out that way in quite awhile, but I would think the interstate would take the tame route through.

There are some shortcuts closer to me that would take you by Lover's Leap, and Dead Man's Curve, but you'd probably never drive again. lol

Blue Fish


Yeah, thinking that's my best bet, and I'm definitely going to steer clear of anything with the words "Leap" or "Dead Man" involved. Sick smiley


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How about a co pilot to help with driving the hard part of the trip? You could get them a one way ticket back from Norfolk airport. My BIL did that when he moved to Idaho. Worked pretty well. I know that's a much longer trip but its worth considering.

Gettysburg Lady


LMK if you'll be taking applications. I've been looking for a reason to quite my job and go on a road trip! As long as I could get one of those meals you always post about before I fly out. Oh... and I might need to come with another passenger... my wife would probably want to tag along also.

Laughing smiley


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You've already gotten more than enough good advice. I live in Winston-Salem and for us, it is I-40, the beltline around Raleigh (I forget the number) and then 64. The mountainous curves around Asheville are more graceful than other highways I've been on - my opinion - and previous advice to center your attention on the advance car and stay in the right lane. I always think it is better for others to pass me than for people to run up my bumper. You will not have trouble through WS, Greensboro, Durham/Raleigh as long as you are well rested and very attentive. I would suggest (because I'm a wimp) that you break the trip into 2 segments. I would plan to just get through the mountains and then stop for the night to start fresh the next day. It takes about 5 hours from my home to Kill Devil Hills and once you get through traffic in Raleigh, it's a piece of cake. Parts of 64 are 2 lanes, but it is a leisurely drive. I would also, if possible, plan your relocation mid-week, rather than fight for position for Friday/Monday traffic. A weekend, especially Sunday, would be best.

Good luck. Our daughter lives and works in Kill Devil Hills and she would not live anywhere else.




RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




How about a co pilot to help with driving the hard part of the trip? You could get them a one way ticket back from Norfolk airport. My BIL did that when he moved to Idaho. Worked pretty well. I know that's a much longer trip but its worth considering.

Gettysburg Lady


LMK if you'll be taking applications. I've been looking for a reason to quite my job and go on a road trip! As long as I could get one of those meals you always post about before I fly out. Oh... and I might need to come with another passenger... my wife would probably want to tag along also.

Laughing smiley

DeanK


Haha deal!


RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




You've already gotten more than enough good advice. I live in Winston-Salem and for us, it is I-40, the beltline around Raleigh (I forget the number) and then 64. The mountainous curves around Asheville are more graceful than other highways I've been on - my opinion - and previous advice to center your attention on the advance car and stay in the right lane. I always think it is better for others to pass me than for people to run up my bumper. You will not have trouble through WS, Greensboro, Durham/Raleigh as long as you are well rested and very attentive. I would suggest (because I'm a wimp) that you break the trip into 2 segments. I would plan to just get through the mountains and then stop for the night to start fresh the next day. It takes about 5 hours from my home to Kill Devil Hills and once you get through traffic in Raleigh, it's a piece of cake. Parts of 64 are 2 lanes, but it is a leisurely drive. I would also, if possible, plan your relocation mid-week, rather than fight for position for Friday/Monday traffic. A weekend, especially Sunday, would be best.

Good luck. Our daughter lives and works in Kill Devil Hills and she would not live anywhere else.

Tothebeach


Thanks so much! I’ve been wondering how the traffic would be through WS and Raleigh. I’m definitely planning on breaking up the trip in two days. I’d like to stay overnight in Mt. Airy and do some touristy Andy Griffith things. I’m also definitely planning on a mid-week trip to avoid traffic and to be refreshed and on the island so I can celebrate at Pop’s on my first Friday night as a resident!

I really appreciate the tips you gave! Thank you!


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If you take I-40 to and through Asheville, you will not go through Mt. Airy and it would be out of your way. The west side of WS would be a good area. There are plenty of places convenient to the highway. If you specifically want to go to Mt. Airy, you would take the I-81 route.

I think you will have lots of support to talk you through the mountains. You can do this. You can.





RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




If you take I-40 to and through Asheville, you will not go through Mt. Airy and it would be out of your way. The west side of WS would be a good area. There are plenty of places convenient to the highway. If you specifically want to go to Mt. Airy, you would take the I-81 route.

I think you will have lots of support to talk you through the mountains. You can do this. You can.


Tothebeach


I appreciate the support! Gotta do this! The route I was thinking was what a couple others have mentioned, going 64 through Charleston, then to 77, then stopping off in Mt. Airy for the night, which is just a 10 minute drive from 77, then heading back down to I-40 the next day.


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I like you hate driving through the mountains. I also hate tunnels and bridges! If it were me, I would get on I-64 E to I-77 S then I-40 to US-64 E onto the OBX. We come down from Ohio through West Virginia getting on I-77 and going the other routes I said. It is not bad at all, a very peaceful, easy drive. We usually stop over in Cary, NC which is a very nice, safe area.

Sorcha


Thanks! Yes, I hate tunnels and bridges, as well.

jessicaboyd


There's two tunnels near the Va-WVA border on I-77, the long down the mountain grade heading toward the NC border is interesting.


RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




I like you hate driving through the mountains. I also hate tunnels and bridges! If it were me, I would get on I-64 E to I-77 S then I-40 to US-64 E onto the OBX. We come down from Ohio through West Virginia getting on I-77 and going the other routes I said. It is not bad at all, a very peaceful, easy drive. We usually stop over in Cary, NC which is a very nice, safe area.

Sorcha


Thanks! Yes, I hate tunnels and bridges, as well.

jessicaboyd


There's two tunnels near the Va-WVA border on I-77, the long down the mountain grade heading toward the NC border is interesting.

MongOBX


Yeah, I saw those when I looked at the street view on the map of that section. I don't like them, but I can handle those over underwater tunnels any day!


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Hey Jessica...I sure hope you get that job. I know how much you love Buxton & the area there...Me too.
As far as mountain driving, I've got to say I'm one of the crazy ones who really like driving through the mountains. We're in Michigan, so we usually stop near Charleston to eat and them I drive from there through the mountains on 77....get off at 64 & go to Lexington where my husband plays golf at Buena Vista...then on through various roads (not bad) to 58 to Emporia. We are not in any real hurry, so we don't mind a divided 2 lane highways. From Emporia, we sometimes take I-95 to 64 or just keep on 58 to 258 to 158 & on down to obx. I know no one here takes that weird route, but we like it. Not much traffic & stress. I'm one of those gals that love driving through the mountains. Nothing scary about them. The views are spectacular...But after years of going there, we are used to them.
You will be fine. I would much rather drive through the mountains & take 58 in Virginia than drive through Winstom/Salem, etc OR DC . Hate all that congestion in big cities. Always looking for your exit & everyone flying by you at 90 mph....Nope, just take it easy and take the slow route. You'll get there just fine. Sure hope you get that job.!!!


RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




Hey Jessica...I sure hope you get that job. I know how much you love Buxton & the area there...Me too.
As far as mountain driving, I've got to say I'm one of the crazy ones who really like driving through the mountains. We're in Michigan, so we usually stop near Charleston to eat and them I drive from there through the mountains on 77....get off at 64 & go to Lexington where my husband plays golf at Buena Vista...then on through various roads (not bad) to 58 to Emporia. We are not in any real hurry, so we don't mind a divided 2 lane highways. From Emporia, we sometimes take I-95 to 64 or just keep on 58 to 258 to 158 & on down to obx. I know no one here takes that weird route, but we like it. Not much traffic & stress. I'm one of those gals that love driving through the mountains. Nothing scary about them. The views are spectacular...But after years of going there, we are used to them.
You will be fine. I would much rather drive through the mountains & take 58 in Virginia than drive through Winstom/Salem, etc OR DC . Hate all that congestion in big cities. Always looking for your exit & everyone flying by you at 90 mph....Nope, just take it easy and take the slow route. You'll get there just fine. Sure hope you get that job.!!!

MichiganJulia


Thanks! I hate driving through big cities, as well. I'm usually a nervous wreck when I have to. Hopefully, going on a weekday won't be as bad through Winston-Salem and Raleigh traffic.


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In reading all your posts - I see you don't like driving thru cities or the mountains. I think the Outer Banks is the perfect spot for you, not a big city and no mountains!. Fingers crossed that you can make it happen.


RE: Least terrifying route through mountains to OBX




In reading all your posts - I see you don't like driving thru cities or the mountains. I think the Outer Banks is the perfect spot for you, not a big city and no mountains!. Fingers crossed that you can make it happen.

Gettysburg Lady


Thanks! I love spending time in big cities, and love the mountains, but I get so nervous driving through them. I didn’t use to be this bad; something that’s happened with age. I used to love rollercoasters and high dives, too. So weird.


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"The ignorance of youth"

That saying really strikes a chord when thinking about certain situations! Tounge smiley


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