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Hi guys.<br> <br> I’m planning “R”- related road trip from SC to Boston this weekend (ps. please let me not to go into the trip details for now, I’ll do it later.) and wondering if someone could give any tips on the directions. <br> Google Maps says: take 77N to 81N all the way up to PA. (“Continue to follow I-81 N passing through West Virginia, Maryland. Entering Pennsylvania”)<br> After Harrisburg continue on 78 to NJ, after that I know what to do..<br>So, are these good directions? Are these roads in good or decent condition? Is anything particular I should know? I never travel south of PA except one time when I bought winter wheels from Chris and we met somewhere on 95 <br>Also curios to hear on highway speed in states I’m going to drive through. I mean how “close” my speed should be to the posted limits? Here in Mass below “posted+10” MPH , it’s all right . But not in CT…Wondering if there are similar rules in these states.<br>Are radars legal in these states? I’ll be traveling with MA plates if it makes difference…<p>Thanks in advance.<br>
 

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you can stop in a say hi to me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Dont go 7 over in PA <p>And google maps is right I have done this trip this past year way way way way way to many times . <p>My exit is 10miles before Rt78 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks Chilled,<br>Will consider your offer, I think I have to stop to get some rest anyway. <br> <br>
 

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From SC to me is 9hrs and then from me to Boston is 6hrs <p>I would go 81 only and stay far far far far away from 95 since all that is , is stop and go traffic regardless when your on it . <p>81 from you to me will be clear sailing and from here to NY will be clear on 78n once you get into NY thou depending what time of day it could be easy or crappy as heck , staying in PA will make sure you leave in the morning and your trip to boston will be perfectly clear.<p>
 

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Re: Any recommendations on "R"oad trip? Charlotte -> Boston? (Papa_Kirlo)

I've heard about many folks taking the I-77/I-81 run to NJ/PA and points north. I haven't tried it yet, but its gotta be better than taking I-85 to I-95 because I-95 traffic sux big time around the big metro areas. We make periodic trips to NJ cuz my my in-laws live there. We hate driving I-95 so much, we haven't driven it in about four years. The R will never make that trip if I can help it. We fly to NJ now. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by redalrt at 7:08 AM 6-19-2009</i>
 

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We're actually driving Boston to Kentucky this weekend. Kentucky to South Carolina mid week. South Carolina back to Boston at weeks end. We use the GPS and plot to Scranton (Wilkes-Barre Intl Airport), then to Massachusetts. It may add an hour of drive time on paper but in the end it saves time over all due to a lack of traffic and smooth wide roads. Just keep an attentive eye open for deer, especially if you're making the trip at night. (We leave at 8pm, hit Scranton by 1am and Kentucky (for 10:30am)You will also avoid several tolls by using Scranton as a half way point.
 

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So, you are saying you taking 81 to 84 via Scranton? Interesting idea if I got it right. I like 84 myself and usually go to NY this way (90-84-684 etc), but I never used behind this point.<p>
 

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Once you get to NJ and on Rt 78, I would then head up Rt 287N to the Tappan Zee bridge instead of going through NYC. This will definitely save you some headache. Well, of course, it depends on the time of day you go through these sections.<br>Route 78East, once you get past exit 45 eastbound and on the Express Lanes, there are some roads where these guys just didn't know how to lay down asphalt. It's like a speed bump before and after bridges. I would definitely not recommend going through here, but YMMV. You can take the local lanes and there are no potholes in this section. I travel this road daily to and fro.
 

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Feel free to pass through Reading, PA on your way up!<br>Safe travels!
 

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OK, <br>guess I have 2 option in the table on how to bypass Big Apple<p>1 Harrisburg to Danbury via 78E, 287N -235miles, 4 hours 1 min<br>2 Harrisburg to Danbury (via Scranton) 81N, 84E - 253miles, 4 h 13 min<p>Here is a map with both options<p> <A HREF="http://tinyurl.com/n8ok5q" TARGET="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/n8ok5q</A><p>Any suggestion anyone? <p>
 

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Re: Any recommendations on "R"oad trip? Charlotte -> Boston? (Papa_Kirlo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Papa_Kirlo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br> After Harrisburg continue on 78 to NJ, after that I know what to do..<br>So, are these good directions? Are these roads in good or decent condition? <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Whichever way you go, <b>AVOID 78 AT ALL COSTS</b>!!<p>Pennsylvania is full of bad roads -- that one is one of, if not THE worst of them all.<p>Traffic on I-81 will be heavy from Virginia to Harrisburg. Truck traffic on 81 can be brutal from Maryland to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. IIRC, it's considered one of the heaviest truck routes in the East.<p>However, if you're going to take 81, go all the way to Scranton, then take 84 into Mass. <p>That route is much quicker than heading into NJ and up 95.
 

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Re: Any recommendations on "R"oad trip? Charlotte -> Boston? (Papa_Kirlo)

I do not recommend speeding in VA on 81, they are always out looking for out of Staters. Max 5 over. <br>NC on 77 is not as bad, 9 over and you should be fine. Which is nice when you hit the 70mph zones.<p>When you drive by Lake Norman (around exit 28) on 77N in NC, wave <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Any recommendations on "R"oad trip? Charlotte -> Boston? (SteveP)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SteveP</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Whichever way you go, <b>AVOID 78 AT ALL COSTS</b>!!<p>Pennsylvania is full of bad roads -- that one is one of, if not THE worst of them all.<p>Traffic on I-81 will be heavy from Virginia to Harrisburg. Truck traffic on 81 can be brutal from Maryland to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. IIRC, it's considered one of the heaviest truck routes in the East.<p>However, if you're going to take 81, go all the way to Scranton, then take 84 into Mass. <p>That route is much quicker than heading into NJ and up 95.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>78 is basically fully redone! It was a great drive last weekend.
 

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Re: Any recommendations on "R"oad trip? Charlotte -> Boston? (Bender)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Bender</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>78 is basically fully redone! It was a great drive last weekend.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>How is the traffic over there on weekends?<p>
 

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depends on time of day - honestly on a weekend it wont be bad at all - but again - 72 at speediest. I run it at 80+ BUT I literally have driven harrisburg to allentown hundreds of times and know every hiding spot they have.
 

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It's fairly open on the weekends. Traffic is non-existent on the weekend. <p>Yeah, they redid route 78 but like I said, when you get past exit 45 eastbound just stay right <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">. You can cruise on this road, most times, going 80. Weekdays, well, that's a different story.
 

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wow, looks like is long stretch from 863 (ex 45) to 287...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Papa_Kirlo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So, you are saying you taking 81 to 84 via Scranton? Interesting idea if I got it right. I like 84 myself and usually go to NY this way (90-84-684 etc), but I never used behind this point.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats it exactly. Coming home from SC we will take 77 out of Charlotte to 81 to 84 in Scranton, to Masspike (90) to Auburn
 

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Re: Any recommendations on "R"oad trip? Charlotte -> Boston? (SteveP)

78 is miserable....we've done it once and always only in a rental car...I wouldn't take my R thru there...or NYC for that matter. I was stunned by what passes for a road in NY.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Garnetmica</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Thats it exactly. Coming home from SC we will take 77 out of Charlotte to 81 to 84 in Scranton, to Masspike (90) to Auburn</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks a lot, I think this what I'm going to do.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Now I have to figure out where to stop to get some rest...
 
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