Will travel I-20. The questions is whether to go thru Atlanta (do not want to travel on 285) or take a Northern route maybe from Birmingham to Rome to Cumming to Lake Lanier. Traveling in a Class A Motorhome with car dolly.
Been traveling thru Atlanta for 22 years but on twice in a motorhome. Many drivers have no regard for motorhome operations except stay out of their way. They drive too fast weaving in and out of traffic; tail gate each other and slam on the brakes. Add a tow dolly and your pucker factor goes up. Just trying to get to the destination the less stressful and safest route.
Thought we would take 59 to Gadsden. How was the road to about that point? Then Gadsden toward Rome to Cumming. Believe I pickup 411 to Canton into Cumming to Buford. Google Map shows A few spots where road narrows to 2 lanes but overall doesn't seem too bad. It's that route or thru Atlanta.Skipper
I lived in Buford for about 25 years and now about 40 miles north of Buford Dam on the I - 85, I - 985 side.
I came back from Arizona in January pulling a 36' 5er and took 59 north out of Birmingham to Chattanooga on my way home, to shop for a toy hauler.
59 was like a bronco ride for 50-60 miles and I felt beat up but it did get better further north.
I doubt I'll take that route again.
2 weeks ago I came home from Texas on I-20 pulling my 42' 5er and took 285 N at 4pm to I-85 N. Traffic was not as bad as I had expected.
I have pulled through Atlanta with both Rigs.
20 through downtown has some sharp curves that can sneak up on you. That's why I took 285 N this time.
285 N wasn't bad.
I stayed in the 4th lane from the left and I believe there were 2 places that only 3 lanes were available to stay on 285.
Yes I certainly agree that we're in the way of the locals that zip in & out of traffic, block the travel lanes so they can exit without a clue of what it takes to stop our rigs.
Hope this helps you out some.
Let us know what route you decided to take and how it went.
Thank you for the reply. Have traveled from Lawrenceville to Rome to Birmingham many years ago. Road wasn't bad then; nice drive. It's going to be a trade between interstate Atlanta traffic and small towns. We have a daughter in Cumming and another in Flowery Branch. Have traveled 20 many times. We are going for a grandson wedding. Will update this after the trip.If I recall correctly the roughest part of 59 was between Birmingham and Gadsten then got better. But it's certainly doable. I'm sure you know we just slow down on the bouncing roads.
I'm not familiar with between Gadsten and Rome.
It looks like you're thinking of hwy 20 between 75 and Cumming then on to Buford. It's been quite a while since driving it but it is a smaller state hwy and small towns to go through along with more stopping and red lights.
In late February I drove hwy 20 between Cumming and Buford. They were widening that stretch to 4 lanes for the last few years and not too bad.
I wouldn't consider your projected route terrible.
I chose to stay on 75 S to 285 to 85 N back in January instead of hwy 20 to Buford from I-75.
Maybe Regval can chime in again also since he's in Lawrenceville just past Buford on hwy 20.
Again, I hope this helps you out some.