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Old 03-08-2008, 10:29 PM
 
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you will be here in Jacaranda time.

And all I was thinking about was the strawberries. I occasionally get homesick for Maine, and I desparately want to move to Texas to be closer to my brother and his family, that it's so easy to forget all of the wonderful things that are right here in your own backyard. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Louisiana - someday Maine
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Whenever we make the driving trip to Maine from NC we take I77 north to I81 north then we go through WV and PA, NY state
This way you avoid all of the big cities.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Elston Zymer is on the money...That route keeps you out of all the big cities, the closest big city you have to deal with is Boston, and the loop around while a bit long, is great.

You do not want to drive 95......until you get above Boston. I have driven it, and it is....well gridlock most of the day and night. 81 is a beautiful drive, 84 has a bit more traffic, but not bad. Of course 95 is 95 when you get into Maine....
Exactly, corgis and mensa guy gave us that route for the way home and we shaved off several hours. Though we went a bit faster on the way home. Due to the decrease in time, DH didn't need to stop for sleep and made it from Eastport to SW Ohio in just over 21 hours.(versus about 31 on the way up)
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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El - Check your Atlas for a little more west in West Virginia. By the end of this month trees will be budding and the chance of snow is remote, although it can happen. You really don't need to go further east to Virginia or NC.

We are in Charleston, right in the middle of the state. We take I-79N to I-68E to I-81N to I-84 E to I-90E to I-495 around Boston (takes about 45 minutes) to I-95 at the New Hampshire line. Mensaguy has twice driven a truck in March to Eastport with no problems. Takes us almost exactly 19 hours from doorway to doorway and we're not speed limit breakers.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I want to thank all you kind people; I am feeling so much less anxious about the routes and snow and time allocated for the trip! Sometimes t he help on the forum is uniquely able to answer practical questions; that is its strength! Thank you all so much.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I think it is unlikely, although possible, that you would see snow storms in the states that would route you on I-64 east across Kentucky and West Virginia. Adding a little detail to our usual route from Charleston, use I-79 North to Exit 148 at Morgantown, East on I-68 to Maryland (3 hours). I-68 runs into I-70 East in Maryland to Hagerstown, where you pick up I-81 North to Pennsylvania (2 hours). I-81 North in Pennsylvania to Scranton area where you pick up I-84 East toward New York State (4 hours). I-84 East across New York (1 hour +), then I-84 East across Connecticut (2 hours) into Mass. It is only a few miles to the Mass Turnpike (I-90 East) and then to I-495 North to avoid Boston and then I-95 North to Maine. About 2 hours from entering Mass until you get to the Welcome Center in Maine.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I have no driving instructions. What I will say to you is, enjoy the trip. Try not to stress, take your time and ENJOY it. Getting settled once you get here is going to be wonderful, but don't forget to enjoy the journey.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:35 AM
 
Location: home is in the heart
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^ same here. Wow that is a long trip! I don't think you could have gotten a longer stretch of distance, enjoy the beautiful variety of scenery, you will watch the whole country go by after all! I am glad everything is going as planned for you!
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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^ same here. Wow that is a long trip! I don't think you could have gotten a longer stretch of distance, enjoy the beautiful variety of scenery, you will watch the whole country go by after all! I am glad everything is going as planned for you!
only could be longer if I was headed to Lubek or Eastport LOL; one could do worse. lol

And yes, "my life flows on in endless song."........truly blessed and I know it.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Maine
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elston, I envy you! The journey between one end of the country and the other is bound to be unforgettable! Oh, the sights you'll see! Almost makes me wish our trip was longer!!
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