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RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

Racergirl wrote:

Could someone please indulge a Brit who has never been to the US and isn't going to in the foreseeable future: I can see from my new friend Google Maps just what lies between his current location and NC, including the Appalachians, but I'm genuinely interested to know:

a What weather is he likely to face over the next couple of weeks, assuming he continues?
b Are the routes across the Appalachians switchbacks with sustained but not awful inclines, or straight up and over?
c From what I've gathered your Interstates are like our motorways and have a no pedestrians rule (on a state by state basis?) - do they have a minimum speed limit for vehicles?
d Where do these attempts usually end in NY? What alternatives does he have to Times Square? I laughed when someone said they wouldn't be able to roll into NYC at 3mph - I thought the traffic was usually gridlocked anyway?!




a) It's going to be hot, humid, and stormy. He will be lucky to have a day that is less that 80 degrees F. 85-90 degree highs will be the norms.

b) Here is a description of a segment of his route that is prior to the Appalachians but still hilly. The days after this will be much more difficult:

http://www.route40.net/page.asp?n=1483

c) He is not supposed to ever be walking or running on an interstate in any of the remaining states. They've already violated this law but their remaining planned route doesn't show any interstates.

d) Getting into Times Square will require him to take the GW bridge, which will be a few miles out of the way. I don't know how the RV is going to successfully accompany him in that area (including suburban New Jersey). People are not going to take kindly to an RV going 4mph in one of their traffic lanes. And if there is gridlock then they'll never be able to stick together. If they're smart they'll just park the RV in New Jersey and then run/bike in with him over the bridge and down the Hudson River path.

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