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Old 04-14-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Mass. to Poconos via I-87 NY?

Has anybody used this route to get to the poconos? Or should
we do a more roundabout route - 84 west even further?
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #2
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from where in Mass? When we go to Boston or NH we take 84, not a bad route. Starting in Scranton PA.
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i would take 84. if you take 87, then you end up on 287 in NJ then 80 to PA. That stretch of 80 will add years to your age. 84 is a much more relaxing drive.
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Hi - We're headed to Scotrun, PA from Mass. The plan would be the Mass Pike to 84 through CT, and over to Port Jervis, NY. From then we question whether we should take 209S (is it good for RV's) or 402, or go even further west on 84 to another southern route. But maybe we simply go from 84 to I87S in NY to Rt. 80 West for a short time.
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We make the trip from Texas to Mass about every other year, but the last four years has been every year. I have used US-209 (Water Gap) going and coming in a 40' MH towing a Saturn Vue. There was one stretch of detour that was two lane, no shoulder for about 5 miles but it was doable. The rest of the "Gap" is fine. At the Southern end was a CG, I believe it was called Pocono Village, that we stayed in for an overnighter. Not the greatest, but convenient. The villages at Turning Stone is a very nice CG. Spend a couple nights there and drop some coins in the slots.

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Don't laugh, but we're headed to Great Wolf Lodge, in Scotrun. Leaving the RV in the parking lot with the dogs, and DH will sleep there at night. It's got a great indoor waterpark for the kids and us, we can just relax, do the lazy river, and it's a good distance (5 hour) trip for testing out MH. I like that you did the Gap drive, I was wondering if we could do that. It seems it would cut out some time.
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We just came through the "Gap" today. DO NOT GO THIS WAY. There are several detours and one bridge that was closed for repairs. We thought we would cut an hour or so off our trip. We ended up adding two hours because of the detours and my stubornness trying to get back to the Gap. Your own your own if you go this way........

Has anyone tried Route #402 ?
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bdaball,
Thanks for the update. It is always wise to check DOT construction, or ask someone who has JUST been there.
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PA Roads - the Gap

Just got back, (4/17/12) and here's what I got for information about 209. It's not a state highway, it's part of the park system, so the Construction update folks don't know that 15 miles are closed (From Milford to Ding..)(I called them). The storms in October washed the road away. I called Tourist Bureau, and NPS), From the National Park System I found out that there's no money to fix the road - maybe next year (hope they're kidding). We ended up going south from 84 onto 507, 423, 611 to get to Scotrun, and then on the return simply jumped on to 80W to 380N to 84E and it was a very easy return. NPS did say that 209 is open going North from 80, up to Bushkill Falls, and then you could continue the Bushkill Falls Road to 402N to get up to 84, but we didn't want to chance it.
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I think I will wait to hear from someone who actually drove 402 before I tried it. On google maps it looks very similar to the roads that we should not have been on last week.

I'll go second right after the first guys tries it....!
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