Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Mid-coast Maine
The drive it home trip
I'm flying from Bangor, Maine to Atlanta Thursday (3 Feb.) to purchase an 05 Elise. Looks like I've found the right car, and the plans have been made. Anybody located along the way - feel free to offer suggestions about the Atlanta to Bangor drive.
Years ago, in the service, on leave, I drove Pensacola to NJ quite often - basically Rte 85 - Rte 95. I always made that trip non-stop, but I'm not sure if I can still do that. Since my son went to college a few years ago in Radford, Va, I'm familiar with Rte 81 - Rte 78 - Rte 287 -etc. Once I'm in Nj, I'm good for the rest of the trip north. Mapquest suggests two routes: Atlanta - Charlotte - Rte 77 into Virginia - then Rte 81; or Atlanta - Charlotte - then a whole bunch of (I think) smaller highways skirting Richmond, D.C., Baltimore, then Rte 95 north.
Anyone have an opinion about which route? Snowfall potential and road conditions are of foremost importance, but traffic and E.T. are important factors. The 77/81 would probably have less traffic - but more snow potential, icy roads, and (probably) fewer services than going east, to the coast. I'd expect better road conditions going the Charlotte - Richmond route, but heavier traffic in all the metropolitan areas (especially since I'd be traveling Friday through the D.C./New York corridor).
I'm embarrassed to admit that I've had the A048's replaced with all-seasons. I'm aware of the cold weather limitations of those tires and would hate to have them fail anywhere along the way. Even though I won't be driving it here in Maine until April'ish, we've had some 20-below temps - Yokohama recommends storing them inside if temps are under 15 F. I'll get it right come spring.
So, any thoughts on the route? Oh - no, I won't store it in Atlanta until April!