Don't like driving mountains and bridges


Jul 13th, 2015, 06:13 PM
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Don't like driving mountains and bridges

I am going to be taking a family trip with mom and 3 kids from Joplin, MO to Tuscaloosa, AL.
Driving is our only means of getting there that we can afford. I don't like driving on hilly, windy roads with shoulder drop offs. I am OK with some bridges as long as they are not too long.
I have kind of mapped out Joplin to Springfield to West Plains to Jonesboro to Memphis to Tupelo, then either south and east or east then south to Tuscaloosa. It is estimated about 13 hr drive time.
I don't want to be much longer, but want to feel safe driving. Any thoughts, or better roads to travel? I know 63S is not my favorite north of West Plains, but never been south of there.
Thank you for your input.
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Jul 14th, 2015, 02:47 AM
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I have not driven the parts of this north of I-40, but on the southern parts, the only really long bridge is crossing the Mississippi at Memphis.

Just drive the speed limit, and you will be fine. Many people drive it every day, so they will be blasting by you. That's their problem.

The only time this bridge might be an issue is during a thunderstorm with wind and lower visibility. I might wait this out at a rest area if it made me nervous.
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Jul 14th, 2015, 07:26 AM
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I'm not familiar with the Missouri section either, but agree with Ackislander that the main thing you'd have any issue with on the rest is the bridge to Memphis. I don't know of a good way around that, so (any weather-related precautions aside) I'd just grin and bear it. It's wide and probably takes a minute or two to get across at normal speeds. I've driven it many times and don't remember ever feeling like it was swaying or anything else - it's stable. As big bridges go, it's fine.

Once you get across the Mississippi, the land is fairly flat and there are no more major rivers to cross.
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Jul 14th, 2015, 12:56 PM
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I am with you on the mountain roads and some bridges. I found that if I look straight ahead I am ok. If it is possible to be in a lane not next to the edge of the bridge, better yet.
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Jul 14th, 2015, 05:37 PM
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Mike Fink, King of the River:

"Stomped out the valley
Scraped up the ridge
Wade across the river
'Cause I don't trust no bridge"
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