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Old 05-08-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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Need input for route from Sarasota, FL to Croton on Hudson, NY

Near the end of July we will be leaving Sarasota, Fl to Statesville, NC to visit friends. From NC we will head to Croton on Hudson, New York to visit family then to Selden, Long Island, NY. From NY we are going to Pigeon Forge, TN then return home. We are traveling in a 40' motorhome with a toad.

On the leg from NC to Croton on Hudson, I purposely chose not to drive the I-81 route because we will be driving those roads on our return from NY.

So here's what I have. From Statesville, NC I plan to take I-40
East to I-85 N until I reach the I-85/I-95 Junction south of Richmond. I will get on I-95 and take it North to KOA Fredericksburg, VA where we will spend the night.

The next day we will head North on I-95 to Hwy 17 East until we reach Hwy 301 then we will take it North. We will stay on Hwy 301 until it intersects with I-95 just south of Wilmington, DE. We will travel I-295 North to ????

I had originally thought a crossing the GW Bridge then North on I-87. Then I thought about I-95 to 9W up to I-87 and crossing the Tappan Zee or I could travel a little further North on 9W (Palisades Interstate Pkwy) to Hwy 6 where we would cross the Hudson River then take Hwy 202 South to Hwy 9 to Croton on Hudson.

All comments will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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Are you kidding me... No one knows how to get from NC by by-passing DC and Baltimore and arriving in Westchester, NY?
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From I-295 in New Jersey go North to I-195 East and take the New Jersey Turnpike North when you get to it (I-95 at that point). At Exit 10 on the Turnpike take I-287 North to the New York - New Jersey state line and then get on the NY State Thruway south (I-287East and I-87 South, they will be running together). Immediately after you cross the Hudson River on the Tappan Zee Bridge, take the first exit and get on US Route 9 North. This will take you to Croton-on-Hudson. Route 9 is pretty RV unfriendly so just take it slow. North of Croton in Peekskill there a a couple of low clearance bridges that you must stay in the middle of to clear if you're high, but 13'6" will clear if you are careful. If you stop in Croton, this is no issue for you. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the tips Ron.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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Stick with the previous tip, the road from Bear Mountain bridge is scenic but hairy even for a car by Eastern standards at least. Croton Point park is nice if you're staying there. Train to NYC is right there. Check out Van Courtland Manor across the street and a trip to Bear Mountain in your toad is worthwhile as is Cold Spring. Very cute little town especially if you like antiques.
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Bring lots of cash for the Tappen Zee bridge, $13.50 for my mini van and TT and no credit cards accepted.
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Ditto the Tapan Zee Bridge. I don't remember the toll we paid (north-bound only) but I doubt it was $13.50-ish including the toad.

Stay away from the GW bridge at all costs as well as the roads leading to it. You can't imagine how slight an event can cause a back up.

Not sure if your stopping at Fredericksburg for a reason, but there is a very nice Cracker Barrel just north of Richmond as well as Dumfries Va. We have over-nighted at both and the price was right both times.
In both cases stay away from the Bus/RV parking spots out front. Drive around back. Plenty of room with a wooded view! Well lit and kinda-sorta quiet. By all means, check in with the staff.
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walmart is also avail there in va all very nice ! load n go !
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