I’m sitting here in a hotel room in Youngstown, OH - to apartment hunt tomorrow. I plan to drive back to Knoxville, TN on Tuesday, which gives me one day to find a place. I can do that - I’ve got my day tomorrow mapped out.
Driving up today, I took I-75 from Knoxville, through KY to Cincinnati, then I-71 to I-76 to I-80. Took about 8.5 hours, and I noticed a lot of construction zones through KY - particularly just south of Lexington, where there were signs that said “blasting M-Th, 1-3 PM. Expect long delays.”…well, if I leave here around the same time I left Knoxville this morning, I’d be hitting Lexington around 1 PM. That got me thinking about whether I might be better to backtrack to Akron, then pick up I-77 and head down through WV to I-81 in VA, and follow that to I-40 in TN. It looks to be more direct - I’m trying to check it through Mapquest or Expedia, but those aren’t necessarily the same as personal experience.
So, now that I’ve babbled, the choices to get home are:
I-80, I-76, I-71 through Columbus and Cincinnati in Ohio, I-75 from Cincinnati to Knoxville
I-80 to I-86 to I-77 in Ohio, through WV, pick up I-81 in VA and take that to I-40 in TN, follow to Knoxville.