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    As to renting a car, I'm taking my PT Touring Cruiser, I'm going to have a small U-Haul connected to it. If that's the only mountain, I just might make it.

    Moderator Note: as you were told previously, please keep all questions about this trip the same thread.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 07-29-2016 at 02:45 PM. Reason: Merged threads again

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    Well, it appears I will have to take a long bit around, but normally a trip to Florida without the mountains is almost the same as traveling down through them right?

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    It's been awhile since I asked, but are there new roads that have come to be used that won't involve the mountains or the foothills of Alabama? I'm thinking I may have to do the long way down, going from Illinois westbound and into TX, then taking 10 all the way to the Florida Panhandle. I can't handle driving through mountains and foothills such as what is in and near say Montgomery, AL and Birmingham, AL. I went through them twice and I never white knuckled so bad and almost had a nervous breakdown during the drive. I just don't want to go through that again. My move back to Florida will not be until Sept. 2020.
    Thank you for the help.

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    No need to go all the way to TX - just take I-57 to I-55 to Jackson MS, then US-49 to Hattiesburg and US-98 to Mobile to I-10. You could stay on I-55 to I-12 to I-10 if you must stay on Interstates.

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    I don't know what has you bringing Texas into your plans at all. The route glc just listed is also what Buck recommended at the beginning of this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    No need to go all the way to TX - just take I-57 to I-55 to Jackson MS, then US-49 to Hattiesburg and US-98 to Mobile to I-10. You could stay on I-55 to I-12 to I-10 if you must stay on Interstates.
    Will I be encountering the foothills of the mountains on this route? Because they scare me just as much as the mountains do. I'm going to be doing this trip by myself.

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    M'am, We've tried our hardest to give you the best advice we can. You have heard back from five of our top six people regarding your trip, two of whom have given you the exact same, detailed routing that best meets your criteria. Clearly your definition of 'mountain' is much broader than ours and we simply cannot tell you if this or that small hill falls into what you would call a 'mountain'. Asking what is basically the same question yet again will not change the answer(s) we give you.

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    Is there any way you can find someone else to move your belongings so you don't have to drive?

    What's already been provided is the flatest route we can think of, but it still has some elevation change - that's impossible to avoid between Florida and Illinois.

    A scared driver is rarely a good driver, and if the small hills of Central Alabama caused you this much terror, I honestly can't think of any route, anywhere in the country that wouldn't potentially be cause for concern. While we are trying to help as best we can, I think you really have to ask yourself if you are actually capable of making this trip at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    Is there any way you can find someone else to move your belongings so you don't have to drive?

    What's already been provided is the flatest route we can think of, but it still has some elevation change - that's impossible to avoid between Florida and Illinois.

    A scared driver is rarely a good driver, and if the small hills of Central Alabama caused you this much terror, I honestly can't think of any route, anywhere in the country that wouldn't potentially be cause for concern. While we are trying to help as best we can, I think you really have to ask yourself if you are actually capable of making this trip at all.
    I handled it once, Triple A gave us the route out of FL to IL in 2004 and it took us right through AL, I had to do the driving because my late husband was having health issues. And that trip almost did me in. I do appreciate all of the help you're giving..because it's always valuable. I am capable of making the trip, if it just wasn't for those foothills in AL, I know I can do it.

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    The routing that GLC and others have given you, may have rolling hills. But I doubt if they'd have anything like "foothills". If you stick to the interstates, they are built to very strict specifications regarding grades, guardrails, repairs, and more. I-55 and I-57 have some rolling hills.

    As far as US-49 is concerned, my husband and I were on that about 7 years ago. It was 4-lane in many areas, it did have some stop lights/stop signs in smaller towns (but not many). We were using it to get from I-20 down to I-10, and we stayed in Wiggins. Hattiesburg was the only pain-in-the-neck, and that was because that's where more of the stop lights were located!


    Donna

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