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Routes / Re: Connecting to TransAm from Waynesville/Asheville NC area
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:20:41 am »
Thanks for info! Really helpful to have some local perspective. The "get a ride from my brother" part sounds like the most appealing option, at least to get over the first set of hills, but it's a work day I'm starting on.

I'm aware the 40 is not available, I'm referring to local roads that parallel it. That particular part I'm actually kind of familiar with, I lived in Asheville for about a year.

Right now I'm thinking more of the second route, hilly but I don't think there is going to be any route that isn't, for obvious reasons. It looked like a bit more pleasant ride overall from the scenery perspective.

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Routes / Connecting to TransAm from Waynesville/Asheville NC area
« on: April 04, 2013, 07:48:53 am »
Hi all, I'm planning a cross country trip mostly on the TransAM. I'm flying to a brother's house in Waynesville, NC, and from there I'm looking at routes to Damascus, VA. From google maps I see two basic routes:

1) Parallel the 40 to Marion, then take a bit of the Blue Ridge Pkwy and go north more or less on the 421 and 91.
2) Cut northwest from Waynesville, take the 23 to near Johnson City, 91 and then 133.

The second one is 20 miles shorter, elevation gain/loss about equal for both, although the second one seems to have steeper grades.

From what I saw of street-level view didn't look like any shoulder on most of this, although I'm not sure if much traffic or not.

Can anyone give any feedback on a good route to Damascus?, or alternatively another point on TransAm further west.

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