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Old 06-30-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Recession must be over! Traffic is miserable!

Just spent two grueling days trying to get back to Kentucky from
Savannah GA (Tybee Island)
We broke the long drive in two and put it on a Saturday and Sunday
thinking somehow that would help with less traffic.
At least the construction zones would not have workers present.

Wow! No sooner than we got on I 95 North out of Savannah we
hit the dreaded slinky or inch worm. That's where the traffic is flying
along at speed limit or above and suddenly it's all brake lights in both
lanes as far as you can see.
Dead stop and then creep along- often under 10 mph! Finally it would
gradually start to spread out and speed up. We might actually get back
to normal for a mile or 2 and BAM- same thing again. Each time there
was no accident or any other reason other than just too many cars
trying to follow too close. One guy taps the brakes and they all have
to do the same.

I was hoping it would be better when we changed from I 95 to I 26 East
but after a few miles on the 26 it started happening again.

Our first 140 miles we averaged 35 MPH.
What a LONG grueling day!
Sunday from Brevard NC back to KY via I 75 North wasn't much better.
It rained buckets as we traveled around Knoxville and into southern KY.
IF it wasn't the inch worm traffic it was raining so hard everyone had
their flashers on and driving 30. Hit another bad slow down
just south of Lexington. We bailed off the interstate and took a side
road to hit 64 west which thankfully wasn't bad.

Both days took 3 + hours longer than would have with decent traffic.

This was the weekend BEFORE the 4th!!
I don't want to even think about driving next weekend!!

We had a great vacation but trying to get home was the pits!!

Gas is 40˘ more in Kentucky than SC TN or GA. Be sure and fill up before you cross our blue grass state!
We saw gas for $3.29 but had just filled up one exit back.
It's $3.82 or more in my back yard
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:56 AM   #2
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I think a lot of people must have traveled this weekend and taken this week off. Very little traffic headed to work in Raleigh this morning. We camped 100 miles from home this past weekend and had very little traffic on I-95 or 64 in NC.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:07 AM   #3
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I guess that must be part of it. I didn't think about folks taking off the
weekend before the 4th.

It really left me with a dread about further trips in that part of the country.
We are staying HOME for the 4th.
Those of you on the road good luck! You can have our spot!

Oddly diesel is cheaper than regular in Louisville.
I didn't pay attention at the truck stops so can't be sure it's that way
state wide.....
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:33 AM   #4
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Gas is always higher around Louisville and sometimes Lexington. I always try to fill up before I go to Louisville.

It's $3.54 in Somerset and even lower in Bowling Green. And, the prices always seem to go up around holidays.

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Old 06-30-2014, 09:34 AM   #5
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Welcome to traffic in the south. We've become experts at sending travelers away angry!
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:15 AM   #6
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I left Aiken SC. on Saturday 28th heading home to north Texas traffic was horrible in Alabama and MS. lots of rain and tons of cars. I drove right thru to miss daytime traffic. Will never try that again.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:30 AM   #7
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I expect lots of people did take this week off since the 4th falls on Friday this year. Take 4 days of leave and get nine days; this weekend, MTWT annual leave, Friday 4th, then next weekend.

We're supposed to pick up our 5er from warranty one day this week and DH just asked if I wanted to slip off to a local park this weekend.

Uhhh that'd be NO! Learned our lesson re camping on the 4th last year. If we camp this weekend it'll be Camp Backyard!
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We had some high traffic heading into Pigeon Forge\Gatlinburg area this weekend. We were headed down I-40 East yesterday to run some errands and traffic was backed up 5 miles before the HWY 66 exit to go towards Pigeon Forge.
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Besides traffic, notice how full the campgrounds are too! A lot of brand new tow behinds whereas just a couple of years ago it seemed that half the sites were filled with pop ups.
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I think a lot of people must have traveled this weekend and taken this week off. Very little traffic headed to work in Raleigh this morning. We camped 100 miles from home this past weekend and had very little traffic on I-95 or 64 in NC.
That's because they were all on 40 between Burlington and chapel hill!! I had a heck of a time getting to work this morning. That said I don't miss the traffic in congestion I dealt with when we lived in Cary.
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