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Old 06-15-2015, 05:18 PM   #1
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RI to KY suggestions

Hi group, here's a chance to share some collective knowledge:

We are still wandering from Lexington, KY toward Warwick RI, for an Alfa Romeo convention. However, after driving through lots of construction in Charleston, WV, and the back roads of Pennsylvania to Fallingwater , Fallingwater | Home I am considering a different route home to avoid Charleston and some of the hills in PA. We want to avoid traffic near NYC, so plan to cross the Hudson River at Newburgh, use I-84, then I-80 to Cleveland, then I-71 and I-75 to KY. I think the PA turnpike, I-70, may not be a good choice due to hills and tolls. I-80 also has tolls, but far fewer hills.

50 - 100 additional miles seems like a good tradeoff to reduce stress on my 454 gasser climbing long grades in 2nd or 3rd gear while towing our car trailer (and watching the temperature numbers climb on the scangauge). All comments welcome, but to you nice DP owners; this alternative isn't in the cards, so please don't offer this as a solution to hill climbing
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I'd suggest staying on I-80 until it meets with I-76 just west of the Meander Creek Reservoir. Stay on I-76 W until it ends at I-71. No tolls, and about 15 miles shorter. At Cincinnati, go east on I-275 and bypass the congestion on I-71 from Montgomery to the Brent Spence bridge that carries I-71/75 into KY.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:29 AM   #3
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Thanks, Bob.

I know to use the eastern Cincinnati bypass, rather than going downtown, but had not looked closely at the route of I-80 to I-76 (must have been thinking of I-90 going to Cleveland).

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I'd suggest staying on I-80 until it meets with I-76 just west of the Meander Creek Reservoir. Stay on I-76 W until it ends at I-71. No tolls, and about 15 miles shorter. At Cincinnati, go east on I-275 and bypass the congestion on I-71 from Montgomery to the Brent Spence bridge that carries I-71/75 into KY.
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I used to drive tractor trailer I was based out of Warwick. To head out west to I-80 we would use the following route:

I-95 south into Connecticut, Once in CT take exit 69 onto route 9 (you can only go one way on route 9), Follow route 9 until yo come to exit 14, But DON'T take exit 14. Just passed that there should be a sign for route-66. Take a left onto rout-66. You will have to deal with 3 or 4 sets of lights before it turns into I-691 which will take you to I-84. Then you can follow I-84 west, to I-380 North, to I-81 South to I-80 west.

Keep in mind that there is really no good way to avoid the hills. 95 is pretty good, route 9 has one good hill as does I-691. When you get into to New York on 84, heading west you will have 2 long downhill rides. one at the beginning of the state and one at the end. I-84 and I-380 run thru the Pocono's and I-81 has some hills on it.

I hope this helps and safe travels. Don't forget to go to Iggy's while your in Warwick for some clam cakes and chowda!
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