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Old 09-08-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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RT 30 Breezewood/Gettysburg

We are going to Gettysburg later this month and the route takes RT30 from Breezewood into Gettysburg. And this was using the GS routing and the Rand McNally GPS. It has been years since I have even been on this road in just a car, but I thought is was somewhat windy and mountaineous. How is this road for a 45ft Class A. At this time we will not be pulling a toad for a change.

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That is a very windy, hilly route. I believe there are warnings to truckers on it. You'll be climbing the Allegheny Mountains and traveling through many small towns with stop and go traffic and varying speed limits.
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Take this route yearly on our motorcycles. Yes, it is very mountaneous for a large portion of it, with a few hair pin twists and turns (fun on the bikes). Would be a little challenging with a 45ft I would think.
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That is a very windy, hilly route. I believe there are warnings to truckers on it. You'll be climbing the Allegheny Mountains and traveling through many small towns with stop and go traffic and varying speed limits.
This is the stuff I look for. Have done this one several times.
Just take your time and drink-in the scenery the freeway/turnpike travelers have no clue about.
But the journey is my destination. You?
Some of us dont know where we will NOT hurry to next. The rest just travel.
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We just came back to Ohio along that same route. 8.5% grades, 3+ miles long up and down both hills. We did it in our new Georgetown towing a 25' cargo trailer. Not a lot of fun but doable. I certainly will find a different route when we go back
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This is the stuff I look for. Have done this one several times.
Just take your time and drink-in the scenery the freeway/turnpike travelers have no clue about.
But the journey is my destination. You?
Some of us dont know where we will NOT hurry to next. The rest just travel.
My post was not judging yea or nay, just a statement of facts.
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Stay on 76, go they tunnels instead of over the mountains. Exit at Carlisle, go south on 81 to the Hanover street exit and follow rt 34 to Gettysburg. Much easier roads, still scenic.
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My post was not judging yea or nay, just a statement of facts.
We are even on that. :-)
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I suggest taking the PA Turnpike east to exit 189 - Willow Hill, then take PA-75 south to US-30 east to Gettysburg. You'll miss all the nasty mountains on US-30 from Breezewood to PA-75. PA-75 runs along the base of the mountain. It's mainly flat with gentle curves. Look at it with Google street view and see for yourself. It's certainly a more relaxing (and safer) drive than dealing with the mountains on US-30.

Along the way on PA-75 you'll see signs for Cowans Gap State park (PA*DCNR*-*Cowans Gap State Park). The park's nestled in a picturesque, mountain setting with a small lake. It's worth a visit if you have an opportunity to spend a night or two.

On US-30, you'll pass Caledonia State Park (PA*DCNR*-*Caledonia State Park). I've never been to this park but they do have camping there if you're interested.
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Stay on 76, go they tunnels instead of over the mountains. Exit at Carlisle, go south on 81 to the Hanover street exit and follow rt 34 to Gettysburg. Much easier roads, still scenic.
We just did this and found the route above to be okay with a 38 foot coach pulling a 4 dr Wrangler (total 57 feet).

I thought the challenge was driving through town (Gettysburg) with the rig. Tight, tight, streets and 90 degree turns. It was fun. The circle in the center of town was not difficult however though I thought it might be.

Good news is that traffic is held back at stop lights to 20 or 30 feet from the corner giving you room to turn wide left of center and then back into your own lane when negotiating intersections.

Consider engaging a Ranger for a battlefield ride along. We learned more in those few hours than in all the trips before combined. They drive your car though, so maybe that won't work for you.

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Just traveled to Gettysburg the middle of August with a 37' FW leaving from around Canton. We took 70E to 79S to 68E over to 81N at Hagerstown in order to avoid the stretch of 30 east of Breezewood. You can either take 81 up to 30E at Chambersburg or (depending on where you're staying in G-burg) take 16 across off of 81. 68 has some pretty long grades, but not nearly as curvy as 30, or the Pa Pike for that matter, and very scenic too. We stayed at Granite Hill CG. Actually, we might be going back again in November for Remembrance Day.
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We are going to Gettysburg later this month and the route takes RT30 from Breezewood into Gettysburg. And this was using the GS routing and the Rand McNally GPS. It has been years since I have even been on this road in just a car, but I thought is was somewhat windy and mountaineous. How is this road for a 45ft Class A. At this time we will not be pulling a toad for a change.

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Bob how was the trip on rte. 30 ?
Hasn't changed since you drove it years ago has it.
Maybe repaved in spot's but still hill and mt. and twisty.
Hope everything went smoothly.
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we ended up going up to RT15 and took that down to Gettysburg. About the same time, and only about 30 miles further. We came back down I70 across I68 to I79 and then back on I70. Great trip and the weather was great. Thanks all for your comments, I guess I played the easy way on the routing.
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we ended up going up to RT15 and took that down to Gettysburg. About the same time, and only about 30 miles further. We came back down I70 across I68 to I79 and then back on I70. Great trip and the weather was great. Thanks all for your comments, I guess I played the easy way on the routing.
Did you take turnpike to get to 15?
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