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vtchris

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I am asking the best way to get from Tucumcari, NM to Brattleboro, VT in these unusual days. Any hints from current travelers would be greatly appreciated.

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vtchris wrote:

I am asking the best way to get from Tucumcari, NM to Brattleboro, VT in these unusual days. Any hints from current travelers would be greatly appreciated.


I'd avoid any stops in Large cities - traffic other that truck traffic should be light - with just a little planning this might work - MAP

Fuel stops and fixing your own food - Wal*Mart - Allstays Wal*Mart locations - as many CG's are not open yet.

This has been a great little focus time for me an My Coach - Completely emptying it - to repack - Fixed the unfixable Samsung - Rebuilt Dishwasher - Hand rubbed all the Wood and Leather....Long List Of to Do's - So if this goes on for another couple weeks I'll still be busy.

If you think about it - actually look at the statistics/Map it is where we are concentrated - or where travel is central - Big Airports - not to say it is not managing to poke into rural America, it has, just not too much, as some did travel. I have not been in contact with anyone other than than the DW in 12 days and am still health so there is hope,

Sorry got off on a tangent - the Map should help - if you stay away from others you should be fine - Soap and Water works - Just be sure you have plenty of Both.

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vtchris wrote:

I am asking the best way to get from Tucumcari, NM to Brattleboro, VT in these unusual days. Any hints from current travelers would be greatly appreciated.


"Best" is always subjective, depends on whether you want to avoid major urban areas or go a bit further out of the way to avoid them.

An alternative to the route you asked about, which includes some (3) major urban areas, would be to take I-40 all the way to Knoxville, TN and then pick up I-81 outside of Knoxville and take it north to I-84 in Scranton PA and then east to I-91 to Vermont. Yes, you have Memphis to go through, but there's a bypass (I-840) around Nashville, so Memphis would be the only real major urban area on this route.


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If the past 2 days of driving is any indication, I have no worries about driving through major cities. Amarillo, TX (not terribly major, but indicative) on I-40 right through the center and it looked like a ghost town with very little traffic even on the interstate. I'll check out that I-40 to I-81 route through Knoxville.

* This post was edited 03/22/20 04:50pm by vtchris *

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I would suggest I-40 to I-81 to I-88. Your route would take you on the Oklahoma and Pa Turnpikes so you would have tolls. Also gas seems to be cheaper in southern states so you would save on gas.

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IH40 to W Memphis.

IH55 N and across River to Dyersburg, TN

IH69 to IH64 across KY

IH77 N to Cleveland

IH80/90 to NY Thruway

As a commercial driver this is the route I’d use due to least traffic. Traffic is the biggest problem E of the Mississippi River.

Current stupidity aside, use (plan) stops in advance.
Rand McNally Commercial Carriers Atlas better than the Auto version

GPS is only for real-time. Not for planning. Set waypoints.

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Ch 19 is still Truckers.


When you get home, get a power supply and a base station antenna. SSB means greater distance. Any problems out ahead and the Truckers will be yakking.

BELLS CB, BOBS CB, CLAYS CB, WALCOTT CB all great shops to deal with in person or online. (Don’t order any extras about tuning, etc. That radio doesn’t need it).

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See Clays site for short version.
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Do your best for now.


Carry the food you enjoy. You can live just fine on sandwiches, etc.
Truck stop chains are good about cleanliness.

I just returned home a few days ago after 8,000-miles in three weeks. Nothing to mention for what matters.

This whole kerfuffle would be laughable except for police state ****.

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* This post was edited 03/30/20 07:36pm by Slowmover *


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