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  1. Default Moving From Olney, IL to Central Florida Fall 2017, I Want No Mountains I Need Help

    Hi,
    I'm new to this site and wanted to find out what would be the best trip down to Florida from Olney, IL. The important key is
    no mountains. I've been through them in Montgomery and Birmingham, AL and I don't want to do that again.

    I know it's early to be asking this, but I really need to get the best possible route with no mountains, not even their
    foothills; because to me those are just as scary.

    One more thing I forgot to add, my vehicle will be having a small U-Haul trailer hitched to the back.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Deb

  2. Default How Can I Design a Trip from IL to Cent. FL Without Mountains?

    I'd like to be able to use the Map Wizard to help me get a trip from Olney, IL to Central Florida without mountains. I have a bad
    phobia about them from a trip I took in 2005.

    How do I use this map to help me make my trip without mountains?

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Deb

    Please keep all questions about the same trip in the same thread. - Mod
    Last edited by AZBuck; 07-28-2016 at 02:02 PM.

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    Default Oh, My

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    If the low hills around Montgomery and Birmingham are too much for you, then I'm afraid it's a rather long way around to avoid them while still sticking to moderately fast highways. You'd probably need to add about 300 miles, or nearly a full day's extra driving to your journey. Still, if that's what you need for your peace of mind, so be it. What I'd suggest that you look at is initially heading west on US-50 to I-57 south which joins I-55 south along the Mississippi River, as flat a route as you're going to find. At Jackson MS you could then take US-49 to Hattiesburg and, connecting by using I-55 as a 'beltway' of sorts around the west side of that city, US-98 to Mobile AL. Both US-49 and US-98 are flat four-lane divided highways. From Mobile, I-10 will take you into northern Florida and you'd complete your trip using I-75 into central Florida.

    From Olney, that route would be just over 1200 miles to the Orlando area, so you'd need to plan on two overnight stops, but it's as flat a route as you're going to find.

    AZBuck
    Last edited by AZBuck; 07-28-2016 at 02:25 PM.

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    Thank you so much for your help. Yes, I've been though the 'low hills' around Montgomery and Birmingham, AL. I almost had a break down, I was never so scared in my whole life. I'll look this up on my map and see how that works. And I'm new to the forums, so I apologize for having two threads.

    Deb

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    Default Staying on the flat.

    When you get to Tallahassee, you could take US-27/19 and US-alt27 to Ocala. Saves a few miles, but is a much more pleasant drive than I-75. Still a multi lane divided road, and passes through some interesting little places. If you are into quilting there is the Quilt Museum in Chieftain.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifemagician View Post
    When you get to Tallahassee, you could take US-27/19 and US-alt27 to Ocala. Saves a few miles, but is a much more pleasant drive than I-75. Still a multi lane divided road, and passes through some interesting little places. If you are into quilting there is the Quilt Museum in Chieftain.

    Lifey

    Now I know 27/19 and also 27/441 in Ocala, because the 27/441 in Ocala is the direction I'm going for. I'm moving back near The Villages of Lady Lake, in Lake County.

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    Now I know 27/19 and also 27/441 in Ocala, because the 27/441 in Ocala is the direction I'm going for. I'm moving back near The Villages of Lady Lake, in Lake County.

  8. Default Sand Mountain in Alabama I Have a Question

    Does anyone know if it has sharp turns and how high it is? My sister and I drove in that area in 2007 and I've forgotten about that part of the trip.

    Thank you again for your help.

    Deb

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    Yes it really does! I suggest renting a car for any trip to avoid beating up your own.

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    Sand Mountain ranges from 600 ft in elevation to 1500 ft.

    Sounds like a hill, to me. I commute every day from 750 ft elevation to 1500 ft. :-)



    Donna

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