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Old 07-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #16
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When making a route for a trip (generally mid-trip) I almost universally avoid interstate highways and cities. Sure, I've done a few miles of interstates during a trip, but far and away, I stay off them.

As for cities, I'll visit a city if I have a specific purpose--for example to visit a friend, or like I did a few years ago, attend a major league baseball game--but most often I route around them.

It's not because of any safety concerns, which is what I think your question is getting at. As AceJones pointed out, interstates are generally safer than any alternative route. But the added safety isn't worth it to me in lost scenery, twisty roads, and meeting average people.

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Old 07-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #17
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Suburbs - Country side is nice and central urban areas are a great place to stay over night and meet some interesting people and get good local food. But suburbs? It's the worst of both worlds - neither natural beauty/open space, nor interesting meeting venues/eating options.

Interstates and straight roads - I'm not in this to check off some mileage goals. Quality over quantity. When faced with interstates and boring roads, I would rather take a car, or - ideally - not do it at all.

Restaurant chains and developed countries - Developed countries are a bit like restaurant and fast food chains. Everything is pretty much the same. The old buildings may be more ornate in one place or the people may speak some different language, but everyone is basically on the same page. Very small differences for the most part. Instead, I want to visit as many developing countries as I can as fast as I can before they all turn into tourist traps and become as boring as a Maryland suburb.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #18
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My trips are pretty damn loose.

I generally avoid highways (boring, but quick miles) and big cities as big cities (with the exception of a few iconic cities like New Orleans, NY or Boston) generally give a very skewed view of the general culture of the area.

Those aren't hard and fast rules (what's hard and fast is if I'm near Boston I'm seeing a baseball game at Fenway and getting drunk on Irish whiskey), but general and typically followed.

You make your own rules.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #19
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #20
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I wish there were some way to skip Ohio.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:44 PM   #21
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My trips are pretty damn loose.

I generally avoid highways (boring, but quick miles) and big cities as big cities (with the exception of a few iconic cities like New Orleans, NY or Boston) generally give a very skewed view of the general culture of the area.

Those aren't hard and fast rules (what's hard and fast is if I'm near Boston I'm seeing a baseball game at Fenway and getting drunk on Irish whiskey), but general and typically followed.

You make your own rules.
I agree! Skip the highways... ESPECIALLY the !@#$%^&* Panamerican Highway thru South America!
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:23 PM   #22
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I wish there were some way to skip Ohio.
Lol, well most of it anyway. About an hour out of Columbus it gets interesting, but then you're damn near out of the state.

BTW, Canadian joke here, did you hear about the Newfy truck drivers who were excited about Quebec seceding from Canada? It would be so much faster to get to Ontario!

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Old 07-09-2013, 07:30 PM   #23
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Chicago.

I avoid Chicago.

Go through the Upper Peninsula instead!

Take the long way round....

Just me I bet.....
Did that last week Well avoided Chicago and the central plains coming back from Newfoundland by going N of Lake Superior and to Wyoming then S to New Mexico.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:41 AM   #24
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Well sometimes you cant avoid big citys if you have to visit a embassy to get the visa for your next country there. Sometimes you cant also avoid countrys if you have to cross them. Otherwise i would recomend everybody to avoid nigeria were i got attacked and angola:

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #25
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Thanks for all your replies. Seems like everyone avoids similar places. I try to avoid british countryside roads as I have had too many near misses although I love going to London and have nearly broken my back a few times.

Would love to hear more as I am hoping to hit the road late next year for a year long trip.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #26
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I try to avoid anything that may put me in stop and go traffic. Boring and dangerous. Also try to avoid being late. Leave early and give yourself time to explore backroads and enjoy the views and places most people miss.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:06 PM   #27
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If in California, avoid:

1. The entire San Joaquin Valley, especially in summer

2. Everything south of the Tehachapis
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:19 PM   #28
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St. Louis. I get arrested there almost every time I go through.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:21 PM   #29
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St. Louis. I get arrested there almost every time I go through.
Good to know. Anything more specific you'd like to add?
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