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Old 08-17-2012, 07:56 AM   #1576
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A half-million views on this thread!

Late last night, on the birthday of Fess Parker, the Disney Legend who starred as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, the "For 2,000+ Mile Round-Trip Drivers Only!" thread topped 500,00 views since its inception:

Part one: 207,597
Part two: 210,793
Currrent: 81,610+

[See page 1 for more details.]

A lot of views and a lot of miles driven!

All the best.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #1577
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Just back from Disney World and had a nice uneventful drive back to Wisconsin. Happy to answer questions if anyone has any.
I'm curious what route you took? And how was construction? We're heading down in 22 days, and can't decide between I65 and I57 to Nashville. Construction is going to be a big deciding factor for us, since our AAA TripTik shows a lot of construction on both routes (I ordered one for each route). Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:30 AM   #1578
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We made it home last night.

We had no driving issues except for I-75 N getting into Cincinatti, OH about 3:30pm yesterday. Must have been the start of rush hour.

Cops were scarce there and back except for the FL state line.

Gas is ridiculously high all over, especially the places I decided to stop.

Thanks for the suggestions and tip to take 25E off I-75 at Corbin, to 40, to 26, to 95, loved the new route and the scenery was gorgeous! Driving through the Smokey Mts was a treat!

Hope all of your travels are safe!
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Seriously, I don't know how I went from 14 to 31 overnight
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I'm curious what route you took? And how was construction? We're heading down in 22 days, and can't decide between I65 and I57 to Nashville. Construction is going to be a big deciding factor for us, since our AAA TripTik shows a lot of construction on both routes (I ordered one for each route). Thanks!
On the return trip (which was last weekend) we took I-75 to I-24 to I-65 up through Indiana and then I-294 around Chicago. We did not run into any real construction issues, and in fact the only delay was due to an accident on I-65 in Indiana (but that could happen anywhere).

Personally I have not used the I-57 route and doubt I will as it still takes you through Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. (Nashville and Chattanooga are where traffic always seems to get us).

For our drive down we did take a different route but we stopped off in the Jacksonville area to visit family. On that drive we went I-65 to I-74 to I-75 to I-40 to I-26 to I-95. This route takes you through eastern Kentucky and Tennessee then through North and South Carolina before bringing you into Georgia and finally NE Florida. This is a route we will be using in the future to go to Jacksonville in the summer as it is beautiful and far fewer cities to deal with than the the standard I-65 route down to Nashville. As for winter trips.... I am not sure that I want to drive through the smokies with less than nice weather so the jury is still out on that.
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A half-million views on this thread!

Late last night, on the birthday of Fess Parker, the Disney Legend who starred as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, the "For 2,000+ Mile Round-Trip Drivers Only!" thread topped 500,00 views since its inception:

Part one: 207,597
Part two: 210,793
Currrent: 81,610+

[See page 1 for more details.]

A lot of views and a lot of miles driven!

All the best.
YAY! Then it was appropriate that I hoisted my drink to Davy yesterday!
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:14 PM   #1582
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Seriously, I don't know how I went from 14 to 31 overnight
31!!! ill be 47 on the 23rd. 5 more years and i get the senior citizens discount at the diner. times goes so fast. thats why you have to go the wdw as much as you can!!!
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #1583
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1 day to go for our next driving adventure to WDW! We decided last night to leave a day early this year, and drive straight through! This will be a first for us, as we normally leave 2-2:30am, and stop overnight in Georgia, Kingsland area, and finish the drive in the morning. We decided to leave the same time and just head straight for Orlando this time. I'm figuring as we normally hit Kingsland around 4-5pm, we can make Orlando by 9 or earlier.

We don't actually check into our Disney resort, Riverside this year, until Monday, so I booked two nights, Saturday, when we arrive, and Sunday night at the Hampton in Lake Buena Vista. I was shocked it is only $70 per night, and has some fantastic reviews. Figure we'll spend a night at DTD and be able to get to Riverside without a big AM rush\drive.

Anyway, here's hoping the non-stop run doesn't kill me! We leave tomorrow morning, or, as my daughter says, in the middle of the night tonight!

Whoohoo! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!
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A half-million views on this thread!

Late last night, on the birthday of Fess Parker, the Disney Legend who starred as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, the "For 2,000+ Mile Round-Trip Drivers Only!" thread topped 500,00 views since its inception:

Part one: 207,597
Part two: 210,793
Currrent: 81,610+

[See page 1 for more details.]

A lot of views and a lot of miles driven!

All the best.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:51 AM   #1584
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Left our house in Philadelphia this morning at 2:35. Straight down 95.

Crossed the Delaware state line at 3:15.
Crossed the Maryland state line at 3:39
Crossed the Virginia state line at 5:15
Crossed the North Carolina at 8:08

Had a quick bathroom break and just took a longer break in North Carolina for the kids to stretch their legs. Back on the road now. Should be passing into South Carolina around 11:30. Going to drive to savanna and stop for the night. Should be back on the road and on our way to the Art of Animation by 7:00 AM tomorrow morning.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:15 AM   #1585
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Left our house in Philadelphia this morning at 2:35. Straight down 95.

Crossed the Delaware state line at 3:15.
Crossed the Maryland state line at 3:39
Crossed the Virginia state line at 5:15
Crossed the North Carolina at 8:08

Had a quick bathroom break and just took a longer break in North Carolina for the kids to stretch their legs. Back on the road now. Should be passing into South Carolina around 11:30. Going to drive to savanna and stop for the night. Should be back on the road and on our way to the Art of Animation by 7:00 AM tomorrow morning.
Thanks for the detailed report!

You made particularly good time through Virginia.

All the best.
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Just returned from Pittsburgh to home today. Traffic was not bad, we missed the rain and construction was almost non-existent. Left at 7:00 am Friday stopped in Richmond Hill, GA last night at 6:00pm. Could have done the last stretch but decided to take it easy for the evening. We drive the 79-19-77-26-95 route. Left this morning at 9:30 and got home to Windermere before 2:00.
Easiest drive we've had in a long time. (we make the roundtrip at least 2X/year)

BTW - Stayed at the Comfort Suites in Richmond Hill. They are in the middle of renovations, but the rooms were clean and the staff was really friendly. Good budget choice since it was $50 less than the Best Western across the street!
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:36 AM   #1587
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Just returned from Pittsburgh to home today. Traffic was not bad, we missed the rain and construction was almost non-existent. Left at 7:00 am Friday stopped in Richmond Hill, GA last night at 6:00pm. Could have done the last stretch but decided to take it easy for the evening. We drive the 79-19-77-26-95 route. Left this morning at 9:30 and got home to Windermere before 2:00.
Easiest drive we've had in a long time. (we make the roundtrip at least 2X/year)

BTW - Stayed at the Comfort Suites in Richmond Hill. They are in the middle of renovations, but the rooms were clean and the staff was really friendly. Good budget choice since it was $50 less than the Best Western across the street!
Congrats on your "easiest drive...in a long time."

All the best.
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What's the latest on gas prices in your area? Especially the I-95 corridor.

There all going up, that's for sure.

All the best.
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we left orlando abut 10:30 sat morning I got home(bucks county pa-right above philly) at 4 am sunday morning. we stopped a few times for gas and we stopped and sat down to eat dinner. I think I did pretty good with travel time(since we were sitting on I-4 for the first hour and a half).

on the way down I like the fact that the mile markers count down till your out of that state I wish it was like that on the way home also
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:40 AM   #1590
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help with route... please...

Goodness, I feel dumb! Leaving Saturday from upstate Ny (I only do this twice a year) to MY happiest Place on earth... and I forgot my route... someone help.. I thought I have it written down in at least one of my Pasporters, but no, I can't find it... i think it was 81...77...??? Brain dead and can't remember, HELP... PLEASE! and shhhhh, it's a surprise for dd 13, she thinks we are going on a shopping trip for my yarn store... lol

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