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Hello. I haven't been much of a "poster" on JM for awhile, mostly lurking as my kids won't let me stay online for very long. LOL
Anyway, I am from NW Ohio and I am planning my first trip to Florida to finally really see the OCEAN! (I'm 37! ) My husband is well-travelled from being in the military and does not care for beaches, water, swimming, etc. but my kids and I love such things. I am tentatively planning a trip to the Florida panhandle with my 2 kids and my 75 year old mother. The most I have ever driven is 3 hours one-way to Ohio Amish country through some hills. I have decided that I certainly would not want to drive through the really mountainous portions of the southern states by taking Interstate 75 or drive through bigger cities like Atlanta. SOO, after some research and talking with others, I have decided that Intersate 65 out of Gary, Indiana might be the route for me.
Here's my question(s)............how mountainous is Interstate 65 or how steep are the hills? Are there still those emergency sand trap things for overheated semis/overheated brakes like those you might see on Interstate 75 in the really steep parts of the Appalachian mountains? Have any of you driven I-65 to Ohio from down south? How was your experience? Do you think this drive is "do-able" for someone with limited long-distance driving experience? (I would break it into a 2 day drive..stopping overnight somewhere)
Is there any other info you can pass along, like good places to stay or see or so forth? THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP! I feel kinda ridiculous asking these questions but I had a friend once who drove to South Caroline from Ohio and when she came back she said it was awful..she cried all the way home because she was afraid of the steep inclines and the traffic was horrible...she said once she got down there, she didn't know how she'd get back! (We live in a super flat area where you can see 10 miles away in some spots....so hills are foreign to us...)
I take I-65 a lot when I drive to and from Missouri. It is not a bad trip. It isn't too steep. There are a couple of places where it is steep but it isn't that bad. Most of the trip is really pretty with lots of pretty landscapes. Not a whole lot to do that I can think of. I usually drove pretty much straight through though.
I take I-65 a lot when I drive to and from Missouri. It is not a bad trip. It isn't too steep. There are a couple of places where it is steep but it isn't that bad. Most of the trip is really pretty with lots of pretty landscapes. Not a whole lot to do that I can think of. I usually drove pretty much straight through though.[/b]
Ohhh...that sounds like a nice drive. My husband drove us to western Missouri from Ohio a couple years ago for a job interview he had. I loved the rolling Ozark Mountains. Such a pretty state. We went across Indiana and Illinois to St. Louis and down so we were far removed from the Appalachian Mountains. Thanks for your help.