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CFerguson

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Posted: 01/20/20 12:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I40. Period.
Lived in that area most of my life and spent untold hours on all those roads. Just watch for the semiyearly rockslide that narrows the interstate down to 1 lane for a month or so.

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The smell of burned brakes is in the air constantly on 441 going over the mountain. If you are not well experienced in steep grade driving and using that exhaust brake and down shifting you will be in for a workout and possible a brake job by the time you are down the mountain. Its easy enough to head east on 321 and go over to 40. Do your sightseeing in the toad and take the DP over to 40 when you head out.

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kohldad wrote:

Then you still have to deal with 19 and it's ups/downs to Asheville.


Just follow US-441 on south a few miles to US-74. 4 lane to Asheville.

But I-40 would be a better choice.


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howdy35 wrote:

Looking for advice going from Gatlinburg to Ashville NC. Anyone made that trip and know of the best road? Is 441 across the Smokies any good for a Diesel Pusher with Toad? Planning for the summer-fall of 2020. Thanks for any advice. Arnold, Happy travels.


As a personal view driving in the Smokies will Test even the Best drivers - PERIOD.

Straight is not in the description of anything.

Can you, sure, either one but IMHO I-40 is just Crazy - the speed limit for trucks is set to the slowest truck driving as they are - for the most part - Restricted to the right lane, and most are doing well over 65 on a road designed for a Sports Car, if you dare to get into the Left lane you will be run over by the local traffic doing 75+.

I remember thinking that while I love a Challenge and I love to Drive this would not be Fun in the RV - Luckily I was in Really Nice New Truck (Brothers) and it was still a drivers drive.

Guess what I'm trying to say is that it is like Driving the Washington Beltway - At Rush Hour - with two lanes closed - Jersey walls on both sides - 11' lanes - at 75+ MPH.

So while RT 441 may be a challenge it will allow you to get out of the way and take the drive at a much more leisurely pace.

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441 isn't just a challenge is isn't very wide when you got crazy 4 wheeler s on both sides of switch backs. Relaxing I don't think so LOL.


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