Routing Emporia VA to Johnson City TN

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  1. Jimmbuds

    Jimmbuds Medium Load Member

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    Dont haul much over here on the east coast, been years since I have been over here. Loading just east of Emporia on US 58 for Johnson City TN. Once loaded my weight will be close to 80,000, just looking for the most efficient route WITHOUT racking up a bunch of miles and not something with a bunch of steep grades.
     
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  3. justa_driver

    justa_driver Road Train Member

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    Best and quickest route: I85 south to 40 west to bus40 to 52 north to 74 west to 77 north to 81 south to 26 east to Johnson City. Its about 40 miles further than shortest route but youd be on secondary roads on most of the shortest route.
     
  4. silver dollar

    silver dollar Medium Load Member

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    I think your best route would be 58 west to I 85 south to Greensboro, then I 40 west to Asheville, then I 26 west to J' City. You have Black Mountain on I 40 and another mountain on I 26, but they are good roads. US 421 and 321 are no joke west of Boone. And, US 58 is restricted to max 65FT length west of Stuart, VA
     
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  5. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

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    Id take 58 west to 85 south to Business 40 to US 52 north to I77 to I81

    if your heavy Id avoid I26…...
     
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  6. justa_driver

    justa_driver Road Train Member

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    You are right about 421/321. Would take all nite to go that way. Only mountain you got going my route is Fancy Gap. If you go up 26 better hold your speed down coming off that last mountain, Tn will burn you.
     
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    nikmirbre Road Train Member

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    Or if you don't really want to hit any mountains….just take US 58 all the way to martinsville then jump on US 220 to Roanoke to I81 south…easy..
     
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  8. silver dollar

    silver dollar Medium Load Member

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    You are correct
     
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  9. justa_driver

    justa_driver Road Train Member

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    about any way you go you are going to slow down for a mountain or curves one, even 220 to 581 to 81
     
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