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Old 11-11-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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Default Anyone have a good route VA to ME- by Monday

Short story - we can't get our things in storage so need to suddenly change route. Would rather not waste 700 miles and maybe not get in the storage gate. I did a AAA route try and got this
I-81N to I-78E to Allentown PA. to I-287 to 87S on NY thruway to I-287
95N to 91N to Hartford, then I-84 E -90E to 495

I know I saw a post about an easy route up from NC? This way seems really confusing to me but maybe its not. If you've tried another one that avoids the heavy traffic I'd appreciate it. This one mentions NYC, Boston but I don't know how close to them it really goes. The trip-tik I ordered was completely diffferent coming across the north.

We're supposed to leave tom around 12 but I'm hoping my landlord will let us have another day since we paid further out.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Calais, Maine
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where's Star? she just drove up earlier this fall and she'd be great for this! corgis is another great person to ask!!
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:04 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Personally I hate driving through NYC. When ever I head down that direction, this is the route I take back to Maine. Might be a bit longer in miles, but nice drive, and less hassle than "The City." Only slight pain is Hartford, CN.

81 all the way to Scranton, PA where I hit 84. 84 all the way to 90 just inside of Mass. 90 to 495 (about 30-35 miles). 495 to 95 and a short jaunt into Maine. This is also the route my best friend who is from VA takes when he goes to visit family.
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:31 PM
 
Location: some where maine
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I agree with Bydand avoid nyc and boston.
im a truck driver and the rout he gave i take most of the time.
it is a little longer but not as mutch traffic. good luck.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Personally I hate driving through NYC. When ever I head down that direction, this is the route I take back to Maine. Might be a bit longer in miles, but nice drive, and less hassle than "The City." Only slight pain is Hartford, CN.

81 all the way to Scranton, PA where I hit 84. 84 all the way to 90 just inside of Mass. 90 to 495 (about 30-35 miles). 495 to 95 and a short jaunt into Maine. This is also the route my best friend who is from VA takes when he goes to visit family.
I'd go with this one too...in fact, that *is* how I go to VA and back. I tried the easterly route once and regretted every minute of it.

Just try to time it so that you miss the Hartford, CT rush hour. A good place to eat along the way is Granny's in Frackville, PA, and it's about 400 miles from there to Boston.

"I did a AAA route try and got this
I-81N to I-78E to Allentown PA. to I-287 to 87S on NY thruway to I-287
95N to 91N to Hartford, then I-84 E -90E to 495"


That AAA route is whacky, dodging off toward Allentown. Just stay on 81 to 84. It's a lot better since they re-worked the interchange near Scranton.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"Hartford, then I-84 E -90E to 495"

After you get off I-84 onto I-90E that's the Mass Pike. There is a short cut. Take the Auburn exit onto 290E. That takes you to 495 and saves 20 to 30 miles. You'll see it on the map.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:40 PM
 
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Thank you all very, very much...I thought the AAA way looked harder but I don't know that anything about driving there..except the NY/Boston part worried me. I really don't want to drive in that mess. I had kind of figured where we'd stop etc going the north way...I was sure I'd hear back from storage since it is (or was) a reputable place.
Having to find a new plan across several states I've never been in so suddenly is a challenge for me.

The route you suggested looks much better...appreciate the shortcut info too since I'm the only one driving. Apologies for being so brief...I'm really tired and spent packing/cleaning time trying to find another way to get there and that still needs to get done. No matter how many times I move..its alway a rush the last few days.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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I would check Google Maps and try to find somebody with a GPS system, set for "fastest route." I don't know how I drove without that little GPS on my dash!
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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corgis gave us a short cut, pretty sure it involved I 84 and saved us about 3 hours by simply avoiding the larger cities like Boston and New York.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:20 AM
 
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Never ever go with a route AAA gives you. They always take you right through every city along the way. We contacted them once for route to Ohio, and they had us mapped to get there via New Jersey.
Byand has given you the best route to take. Its approx. 11 hours from York, PA to Portland ME.
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