*Terrific* route to Columbia SC
I have driven north and south by van so often that I know the route well.
US 441 to Gainesville FL. This is the only tiresome part of the voyage.
FL 121 to MacClenny FL and north into GA. Get food in MacClenny, because it's a distance to the next place where you have any choice of restaurants.
GA 121 (is that a coincidence?) to Folkston GA and north. In Folkston, GA 121 joins up with US 1, US 301, US 23, GA 23, GA 15, and GA 4. BUT YOU STAY ON GA 121 REGARDLESS.
Watch closely for GA 121 and others to veer left off US 301, just north of Folkston.
Watch closely for GA 121 and GA 15 to veer to the right, off US 1 (this is quite sneaky). This is about 12 miles from the previous split.
North of Bristol GA, GA 121 veers right from GA 15. At last you are back on GA 121 only.
But not for long. GA 144 joins from the left and GA 169 joins from the right, so you are on three highways at once. From this point, you want 169, so you wave bye-bye to 144 as it goes off to your right and to 121 as it goes off to your left. (144 has a very strange configuration there; it seems as if 144 goes two ways at once!)
GA 169 ends at US 301, so you turn left and go north on US 301. You stay on 301 for about 62 miles.
There is a bypass around Statesboro. Forget it; barge through the metropolis.
If you need rest before SC, stop in Statesboro, not Sylvania. Most of the maps do not show how bad Sylvania smells.
North of Sylvania is the Georgia Welcome Center, open only 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and after that even the washrooms are locked. Drop in for a free soda if it's open.
Stay on US 301 to Ulmer SC. Veer left onto US 321, and take US 321 due north through the Scandinavian section of South Carolina. Honest, you go though towns named Denmark and North and Olar, and eventually get to Columbia SC.
From there, you are on your own, but I am sure you will enjoy the trip from Gainesville to Columbia, because I always do. I have taken this route over a dozen times each way.
I will be on this road, in a van, pulling the V-Strom, on May 1.
P.S. Hmmm, I see this sends you a long way from Walhalla SC. How about you suggest a route from Orlando to Walhalla, and I will let you know what I know about that route and any suggestions I have.
Meanwhile, gather your courage. I am much older than you, and in 1965 I made my second longest trip, almost 2000 miles. In 2006, aboard my new V-Strom, I made my longest trip, 6561 miles. Go for it!
While you are on that voyage, I will be training for a 5000-mile trip to Newfoundland.
K. <-- SOF, in the opinion of PonchoV (and he's right)
Last edited by Keith Falkner; 04-08-2007 at 10:04 PM.
Reason: revelation of irrelevance (that's easy for me to say)