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Old 10-10-2015, 01:08 PM   #11
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We go there by going up 75 to 50 the Brooksville exit. West on 50 then north on 98 to 19 then north to Perry. West on 98 then pick up 20 take that straight across to Fountain South on 231 to Panama City.....very little traffic this way....
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:05 PM   #12
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We travel from KY to Hudson FL each winter and use US19/98 thru Perry and to I-10 West to get to 231 north. We have used the Perry KOA a few times and it is OK just a bit sandy.

I-10 is smooth and not too crowded. I-75 seems to be a zoo most of the time

We too travelled to Maine this summer and the toll road East through NY was the worst I have ever encountered. I slowed to 45MPH over a large section. And, they charged us for the privilege of using that road! North through Mass, NH and Maine wasn't bad. Came home through the Shenandoah Valley. Very nice route.

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X2 27 to 19 is almost as quick and much more fun to drive. At least you won't be pushed by the semis and it's nice smooth road and plenty of places to stop if you want to.
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:43 PM   #14
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The Interstate is very smooth all the way to Louisiana
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:27 PM   #15
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I travel from Tallahassee to Bradenton a couple times a month and suggest you take Suncoast Parkway to US98. I75 just north of Tampa is under construction for about 30 miles. You would be driving on milled asphalt and in several areas there are temporary travel lanes constructed on the shoulder and limited places to pull over if you have an issue. I do not think it will be completed by January. It's will be a nicer drive, better scenery and far less headaches. FWIW I work for Fla Dept of Transportation.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:46 PM   #16
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X2 27 to 19 is almost as quick and much more fun to drive. At least you won't be pushed by the semis and it's nice smooth road and plenty of places to stop if you want to.
X3 From Largo, I take Suncoast to Brooksville, then 19, 27 to Perry then Rt 20 or pick up I 10 at that point, quicker than 75 to 10 and much more relaxed drive with the camper.
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:10 PM   #17
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I live about a mile from St Andrews St park and have traveled all the routes detailed n previous posts. All routes have plus and minuses. Although I-10 is probably the quickest route, it's also the most boring.
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Wow, thanks everyone! I've been reading and re-reading your opinions
on routing. You've got me leaning towards the scenic route.

It's been about 3 years but we took this route once before. We were
traveling from Sanibel Island to St. Joseph peninsula state park.
I remember heavy fast traffic with some slow downs on I 75 but what I
remember most is at some point we did get over on the scenic side and it
was less stressful except for 2 things-- we were driving a diesel and I got
down to the point where I was really worried about finding fuel and then
it started to rain and it REALLY rained a lot and a long time. It was totally
dark and we were totally exhausted by the time we got to St. Joseph.

This trip we are starting from 2 hours north of that so it will be shorter
and I'm back driving my gasser.

We already have booked a week on both ends of this trip so a stop over
to break it up is out. If weather and traffic are decent we should be fine
on this one. It's about 400 miles and we'll get an early start.
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:02 AM   #19
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How about a follow up?
We are staying in Hide-a-way rv resort near Ruskin. SE of Tampa
The suncoast hwy is on the far side NW of Tampa from Ruskin.
It looks like we'd have to go right thru the center of Tampa to get
to 589?? It it worth it?
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:38 AM   #20
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Depending where the start in Tampa is exactly. I would go the non-Interstate route. If far east I would get on I-275 out of Tampa. US19 is pretty slow, depending on the time of day. Staying off the Interstates only adds a little to the travel time and is ten times less boring. I agree about 267 then 20 to staying away from 98 (through Port St. Joe).
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