I-77 Mountain Driving

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kingty9183, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. gekko1323

    gekko1323 Medium Load Member

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    And wait until you get on some of those donkey trails in Pennsylvania!
     
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  3. RDBG

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    The best part is they now charge like 40 bucks for that roller coaster. Just ran it up from NC to cross at Detroit a couple weeks ago after having not been on it in a few years.
     
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  4. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

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    Well .. you could be running up and down 95 between Jersey and Florida. That would be mostly flat.
     
  5. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Medium Load Member

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    Meanwhile in West Virginia.....

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  6. Lostmykey

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    I actually enjoy it. I also enjoy LA traffic while going 5 under and everyone else seems to be doing 65+. Scares the #### out of me.

    I just went around the NY metro and some bright bulb passed me on the shoulder. They got back in the lane and my radar clocked them at 110…
     
  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Wait until you get stuck for a week on I-80 in WY during a winter storm... Then you will know the appitamy of roads that were build in horrible locations... Lol
     
  8. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    I don’t mind that stretch between Bland, VA and Charleston too much. But be careful, it will sneak up on you and give you a false sense of safeness. Take it slow
     
  9. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    It is not just I-77, most roads in WV are the same... go up US-19 out of Beckley to I-79, then across I-68 E towards I-81.

    Try I-80 from the WY line to SLC. East coast mountains are easy once you visit the west.
     
  10. slow.rider

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    Pulling mountains is like driving stick. It's fun for 20 minutes, then it sucks ### for 6 months, then you start getting used to it, and it eventually becomes subconscious to where you don't even realize it's happening.

    For me starting out there was always a big impulse to keep it floored and keep trying to grab a higher gear. Don't do that. Find the highest gear you can hold and just maintain a normal rpm instead. Much less stressful, for both you and the truck.
     
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  11. slow.rider

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    I prefer the rockies, as long as it's not winter. I'd rather hold one gear for 20 minutes than deal with a new mini mountain every 30-60 seconds.

    But the rockies do have all the wind though. You haven't lived until you've done i80 thru Wyoming in a 70mph crossbreeze and a -20 wind chill. Every patch of ice is a new adventure.

    Then there's i90 thru Montana with the snow piled higher than the truck, almost as if you're in a tunnel with no roof. There's nothing quite like chaining up under threat of avalanche.
     
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