I’VE DONE THIS DRIVE (or its reverse), like, 9 times now. I’ve gone diagonal, right angle, and everything in between — including through eastern Canada, which isn’t really in between. Each time, I look for a new route.
For this one, I realized the only thing left was to slow down. Forget the interstates, instead stick to the state roads, the county roads.
I gave myself a week. It wasn’t enough. Those interstates are there for a reason, I guess. I made it to Virginia, then surrendered to the laser-beam logic of I-81.
But damn this country is beautiful. Sure, more so on the back roads, but even the I-‘s can take you special places. Some of them were new to me, some I’d heard of, and some I’d been to before.
Here are the ones I liked best, from Austin working northeast: