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Old 09-19-2021, 03:37 PM   #1
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Question: Least mountainous route to Penn St from Baltimore

I have faced off against some of the hills up there in PA and would prefer to avoid them.

I was thinking a "safer" route might be 83 to 22/322

Anyone else taken this route and can attest to it?
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I think going up 99 is easier. Seven Mountains, although short, is steeper. Runaway ramps on 322 not on 99

Which game are you going to?
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I think going up 99 is easier. Seven Mountains, although short, is steeper. Runaway ramps on 322 not on 99

Which game are you going to?
Going up to the Villanova game on the 25th. My nephew attends and is excited about having us come up for the experience and use our camper too.

I am told a gaggle of folks muster up at the nearby Walmart the night before, so we intend to do the same.

I am looking at 99 as an option, looks like I could take 70 West to 76 and meet up with 99.

Thanks for the advice!
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You Easterners crack me up when you use 'mountainous'.
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Going up to the Villanova game on the 25th. My nephew attends and is excited about having us come up for the experience and use our camper too.

I am told a gaggle of folks muster up at the nearby Walmart the night before, so we intend to do the same.

I am looking at 99 as an option, looks like I could take 70 West to 76 and meet up with 99.

Thanks for the advice!
Yep. The only "unnerving" part is the short drive on 76. You can use RT30 as an alternate. Takes slightly longer but you avoid the narrow lanes and trucks on 76.

Make sure you hit the creamery early
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Why is everyone scared of hills. Never found one that I could not cross with my 8.1 GM pulling a toad.
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I have done that trip or into State College area from 22/322 and most recently 68/220/99 all the way up to 80 becasue of a road closure and having the RV and trailer. I wanted oof any other secondarys..

i am used to my foot massed to the floor as long as I have a full tank of fuel..
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My issue is that downgrade. I have a 2004 GMC Sierra with the towing package and the 6.0 liter gas engine so its manageable. But I have found the descent on some of those inclines up in PA to be...."pucker time"

I prefer to avoid them for now, until I upgrade to a newer truck if at all possible. I would rather add 30-45 minutes to the trip to enhance the safety factor.
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You Easterners crack me up when you use 'mountainous'.


That is fair. I have driven those actual mountains out there as well, different world to be sure.
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My issue is that downgrade. I have a 2004 GMC Sierra with the towing package and the 6.0 liter gas engine so its manageable. But I have found the descent on some of those inclines up in PA to be...."pucker time"

I prefer to avoid them for now, until I upgrade to a newer truck if at all possible. I would rather add 30-45 minutes to the trip to enhance the safety factor.
I like the fact that safety is a part of your planning!
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You Easterners crack me up when you use 'mountainous'.
Ha yes the west has its challenges. I alway say
that out west a 10k peak is big but your looking at
it from 6k. Here in vt we look at a 4k peak from
700ft. Ive driven a bunch of roads in pa and the
inclines are deceiving. Long long gradual grades
catch you by surprise and all of a sudden your
scramblin for a lower gear.( 17 ram dually g56 tranny) My rig is pretty capable and i can do
anything ive found so far. But the OP has a gasser
and i can understand his concern. He didnt mention what hes towing though.
We passed a f150 the other day towing a
full size backhoe. I kind of chuckled. But really
it wasnt funny. He was squatted pretty bad and
doing about 50 on i80.
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