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--- Quote from: 1995hoo on March 06, 2023, 05:28:47 PM ---
--- Quote from: plain on March 06, 2023, 04:54:41 PM ---I think I-95 north of I-295 would be a better location as well, like maybe at VA 30 somewhere. But I guess the way New Kent County is growing, shouldn't be much of a shock. Still a great location.

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I note there is already a truck stop at that interchange (along with a slightly bigger business called Kings Dominion) and I wonder whether and to what extent that might factor into whether VA-30 would be an unacceptable location.

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I threw VA 30 out there because there's way too many truck stops at VA 207, and Ashland is definitely a no-no. Not much room for it at SR 802 and definitely not at SR 686. Maybe Ladysmith?

Don't know how far off the interstate they are willing to be, but between US 1 and the RR on VA 30 west of I-95 there's room for a mid-size Buc-ees.

Ladysmith and Thornburg looks like there is room but nothing further north than that.


--- Quote from: 1995hoo on March 06, 2023, 11:44:39 AM ---
--- Quote from: VPIGoose on March 06, 2023, 10:13:52 AM ---Speed limit really didn't matter on "Flatlander Sunday" when we came northbound. The adaptive cruise control got a workout as people had great difficulty maintaining a steady speed up and down the rolling hills from the top of Fancy Gap to I-81. ....

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How well does your adaptive cruise control do in terms of holding your speed in the mountains, assuming for discussion purposes that there's nobody in front of you causing it to slow you down? I ask because the only one of our cars with adaptive cruise control is my wife's Acura TLX—which, perhaps not coincidentally, is the only one of our cars with an automatic transmission—and I find it will pick up considerable speed on a downhill if there's nobody in front of us.

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We have a 2018 Honda Odyssey Touring, so it has the adaptive cruise, lane keep assist, and brake warning systems. For our now-regular trips between the mountains and the gulf, it has been great. As you say, though, the car will speed up going down a hill, which means braking to avoid getting too far above the speed limit. I'm not sure if that is a function or malfunction of the speed control, although it isn't a critical problem. The best vehicle I've had for rock-steady cruise control speed was a 15-passenger Ford Econoline van (1980-something model).

I think I finally gave up on the cruise control on I-77 because it was jumping up in speed then braking entirely too much for comfort with the yahoos in front of me who were unable to maintain a steady speed. In fact, that is one of the biggest frustrations on these trips -- the driver who sits in the left lane micropassing and backing up traffic behind them, but who speeds up once they move to the right lane until they pull over to pass again. Too many people drive with their head up their ass.

Bruce in Blacksburg


I'm usually a ghost here, but I had to share this.

I was looking at a Virginia is for Lovers sign on I-95 at the Skippers Welcome Center, and something just dawned on me. When I-95 is finally six-laned south of Petersburg, not only will the entrance to that welcome center have to be moved south of the VA-NC border, but the entire parking lot will have to be moved on the opposite side of the building. Because the current parking lot will have to be replaced with the third northbound lane.


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