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Old 08-14-2013, 01:11 PM   #15
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Being that you are in Huntington West Virginia , why not go 79 to Morgantown, then 68 to 81, Harrisburg. Then 81 to Scranton and then onto 84. You will bypass most of everything you inquired about, while keeping distance down. Susan and I will be coming from Maine in Oct to Fla, we plan on keeping a wide bypass around those areas while enjoying the small towns.

This is by far the best route I have found and used over the years. I live in Maryland, and while it is not the shortest route miles wise, Not having to pay the tolls and getting to avoid the whole NJ/NY thing is HUGE! I am not saying there are no tolls, but they are minimal compared to the I95/Tappanzee Bridge thing.

Add to that the traffic is much more gentle and this route is a winner.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:13 PM   #16
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gatorcq is right on. We've been to Maine many times coming up from Maryland. To make a long story short I-81N to I-84E to I-90E to 495 to I-95N. You'll hit a couple tolls but nothing outrageous. We're currently in Maine and will be til the 5th of Sept.

Exactly this....I used to live in Maine and now live in Maryland. This route will be pleasant vs the I95 routing listed in other threads...
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Being that you are in Huntington West Virginia , why not go 79 to Morgantown, then 68 to 81, Harrisburg. Then 81 to Scranton and then onto 84. You will bypass most of everything you inquired about, while keeping distance down. Susan and I will be coming from Maine in Oct to Fla, we plan on keeping a wide bypass around those areas while enjoying the small towns.

X2. this is a better route and avoids all of the big cities an their exorbitant tolls. I wouldn't want to cross any of those NYC area bridges. You'll need a 2nd mortgage to pay the tolls.
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I wanted to touch base and thank everyone for there ideas on maybe getting up to Maine. I have printed out and saved them for future use. But we have ended up staying in Pennsylvania a little longer than expected and plan to head back south after the Hershey RV show.
We plan to go to Virginia next and then the Carolina's, Georgia and end up probably in southern Texas in Dec.
We figured we will be spending a few weeks in each state so probably better for us to just keep it slow and not feel rushed.
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I wanted to touch base and thank everyone for there ideas on maybe getting up to Maine. I have printed out and saved them for future use. But we have ended up staying in Pennsylvania a little longer than expected and plan to head back south after the Hershey RV show.
We plan to go to Virginia next and then the Carolina's, Georgia and end up probably in southern Texas in Dec.
We figured we will be spending a few weeks in each state so probably better for us to just keep it slow and not feel rushed.
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If you take I77 South from I81, take the exit to Mt Airy and spend a few days at the Mayberry Campground & enjoy the little town. While Mt Airy has certainly capitalized on being the alter ego to Mayberry a pork hop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch is much the same today as in the 1950s. Mayberry Campground is well maintained and pleasant.
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If you take I77 South from I81, take the exit to Mt Airy and spend a few days at the Mayberry Campground & enjoy the little town. While Mt Airy has certainly capitalized on being the alter ego to Mayberry a pork hop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch is much the same today as in the 1950s. Mayberry Campground is well maintained and pleasant.

Thanks for that Steve!! Diane had heard about Mayberry and has talked about wanting to stop there. Now we know where to stay
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Too bad you are not going to Maine for the fall. If the rain hold off the fall colors are wonderful to view.

I am not certain where you will be entering I-81. Last week we came from WV to TN on it. For some reason of poor wisdom we were diverted onto an 11 mi detour south of Salem, VA. It took about 2 hrs to negociate: heavy traffic, many small towns and traffic lights. You might consider another route.

Where in So TX are you heading? We will be in Spicewood and Medina for the winter.
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I'm sure we will make that northern loop into Maine,, just not this year. And I hope to still see some great colors while out east. We travel stow enough that Fall will catch us LOL!!
Not real sure of the route. We will probably drop down to Luray after we leave Hershey. I know Diane has mentioned Williamsburg, Jamestown and Mount Airy (Mayberry). So I'm sure after leaving Hershey on Sept. 16yj we will be in Virginia through maybe mid October before headed into North Carolina.
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Wherever you go check the DOT construction for your route. We saw warning signs posted for this construction but didn't consider that the interstate would be totally shut down! In all of the traveling I have done I have never seen such a major detour for a major highway. The caverns are wonderful. I have not been there for many years and would like to go again some day.
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