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Old 03-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by KyDan View Post
Our return trip was horrible at times and scary at other times. Once in a while
it wasn't bad.....

Some of what happened was poor planning on my part.
We bugged out from St. Joseph Peninsula state park FL around 8:30 Friday
morning. It was a long but mostly uneventful drive up US231 to hit I65 just
south of Montgomery AL.
That part of the trip was OK just lots of stop lights.
Seemed like we'd just get up to the speed limit of 55 or 65 and we'd hit another
town or stop light.

I65 thru Montgomery was OK.
Rough but ok.

Our 1st problem was heavy traffic/some stop and go traffic in Birmingham mid afternoon. Lost probably 20 minutes going thru town but made it OK.

My plan was to stop just north of Nashville TN for the night.
We hit Nashville right at rush hour AND it was raining, spitting snow.
It took 90 minutes of bumper to bumper stop and go to creep thru the
music city.
Of course I65 has about 4 mandatory lane changes just to stay on route.
I have a new little Garmin GPS which was very helpful giving me advance
notice of my needed lane changes.
For the most part people would stop and let us over when I signaled.
It was a long, dark, tiring drive but we made it to our planned stop at
Nashville Country RV park, Goodlettsville TN.
This was a good park, very clean and neat.
Bathhouse was one of the best we've seen in a long time.
Only problem was they are about 500 yards from I65.
We had a small heater fan running and my wife's sound machine set on
"waterfall" but could not drown out the drone of the all night truckers.
It's a 5 star place that I give 4 stars to due to the noise of the interstate.

My big mistake was trying to go that far. We should have stopped SOUTH
of Nashville for the nite. Then an early Saturday morning drive thru town
would have been MUCH easier.

Up and on the road Saturday morning about 8:30. Maybe closer to 8 am.
Easy drive up I65. Low traffic. Spitting snow but we didn't encounter
any slick spots.
We were lucky.
Long about mile 92 south of Elizabethtown KY there had been an earlier
accident. Someone southbound hit ice on an over pass and lost it.
Car and semi, I believe.
By the time we got there mid morning it had been cleaned up except for
the highway crews trying to untangle the wrecked anti-crossover cables.
Still had very slow stop and go for a mile south of the site due to folks
looking I guess. We got thru ok but an hour later an in-attentive semi
driver rear ended an SUV with 8 people in it at that location. The SUV
caught fire immediately and 6 people died. 2 were dragged out by
other motorists before the fire got too bad.

This closed I65 in both directions for several hours.

Also saw a 5th wheel trailer with NO axles being dragged up on a
flat bed truck somewhere south of there. Don't remember exact location.
Also saw an apparent median near cross over involving a travel trailer.
When we got there, the trailer was being dragged out of the deep
center median up onto the south bound shoulder.
The back end of the trailer was blown out and the median was strewn
with those poor folks possessions. It looked like the entire contents of
their trailer had spilled on the grass and mud.
The truck and any other vehicles were already gone so no idea what
was involved.

We felt like kissing the ground when we finally got in our driveway.

Last year same time, we found I65 North CLOSED in 2 places when we tried
to get home from Top Sail Hill Preserve SP.
One was a fatality and the other was a landslide that closed the
northbound lanes for at least a couple weeks.
At least the landslide had been far enough past that they had electronic
detour signs posted to guide us around the closure.
The fatality was just a trooper at an exit sitting in the middle of the interstate
making everyone exit. A good GPS is nice in times like that!

It's a scary road out there. This really took the edge off our otherwise
good 2 weeks in the sunshine state.
Be careful out there!
Thanks for the advice and interesting story. I am glad you enjoyed your stay in FL... you should have stayed until Spring... it is much like Spring today 69 degrees in North FL. God bless, Clint

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