Driving in Appalachia (Eastern KY, WV), can you sanity check my route?
July 4, 2013 5:12 PM Subscribe
I'll be doing a bit of driving in Eastern Kentucky and into West Virginia. I've got the destinations, and have had Google cook up some routes, but I've seen routers make some pretty bad assumptions about back-woods roads. I'm on a fairly tight schedule, so the fewer surprises the better--I'd just as soon stick to major roads unless there's a guaranteed time savings. I'm coming from near Cincinnati to Betsy Layne, KY (near Pikeville) and going from there to Oak Hill, WV (near Beckley).
The critical leg of the trip, time-wise, is from Betsy Layne, KY to Oak Hill, WV. I know the default route
is bad, since my destination advises against using WV-612
. It looks like I'm best off taking US-119 to I-64 (3:15)
, with a second-best being US-23 to I-64 (3:34)
. Do Google's drive time estimates seem accurate? Or is there a faster reliable route?
We're not as crunched for time getting to Betsy Layne, but could use an accurate drive-time to plan our departure. The default route
looks pretty good to me, though I don't know about Google's time estimate. Does that seem like it's in the right ballpark?