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Old 07-02-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I-80 into Ohio, then switch to I-76 toward Akron and I-71 south.

The turnpike is ridiculously expensive, and I-70 from New Stanton into West Virginia is under perpetual construction.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:51 PM
 
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Just did I 80 to Ohio. If you go that route there are places along the way to stop for food and gas if you need it. Snowshoe isn't much but there is a truck stop diner/ gas station and a Sunoco quick mart I have been to. Further west Clearfield has a Wal Mart on top of the hill and a couple eateries. The best by far is Dubois with lots of places to shop and eat. Then west it gets pretty long between rest stops. Just don't hit a deer. Night driving must be rough worrying about them.
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Just did I 80 to Ohio. If you go that route there are places along the way to stop for food and gas if you need it. Snowshoe isn't much but there is a truck stop diner/ gas station and a Sunoco quick mart I have been to. Further west Clearfield has a Wal Mart on top of the hill and a couple eateries. The best by far is Dubois with lots of places to shop and eat. Then west it gets pretty long between rest stops. Just don't hit a deer. Night driving must be rough worrying about them.
Actually for proximity of food and lodging to I80 Brookville (20 miles west of DuBois) is a better choice than DuBois. For Dubois you have to drive aways off the exit whereas at Brookville they're all right there.

The main Clarion exit (17 miles west of Brookville) also has amenities (including a Super WalMart) right at the exit.

No, I don't know the exit numbers since they were changed several years ago.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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There are plenty of places on I-80 to stop: Lamar, one of the Penn State exits but I can't remember which one, Clearfield (exit 120), DuBois (although NBP is correct that the restaurants are way down the road; there's less at the U.S. 219 DuBois exit, but everything's right there), Brookville (Exit 78), Clarion, Barkeyville (Route 8, exit 28?)... and I usually get off at I-79 unless I'm going to Cleveland or Michigan, so I don't know much about what's west of there.

Has anyone ever stopped at Sapp Bros. at the Clearfield exit? I'm intrigued by the big coffee pot sign, but haven't been there.
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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I've seen that Sapp Bros. sign myself. I'm a fan of Long John Silver's so I head for that Dubois exit. I believe there are two Dubois exits, I take the first one heading west or the second one heading east and the restaurants and shopping aren't that far, maybe a mile down the road. There's a cemetery you pass on the right going in with shopping malls on both sides. Barkeyville, Hermitage, Mercer, Emlenton, Woodland, Clearfield, I guess there are other exits I can't recall off hand.
Just watch for the " Highest Point on I 80 East of the Mississippi" and " Now Leaving the Chesapeake Watershed" signs. and you know you're moving out of the Pa highlands as you head west.
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Old 07-04-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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I've seen that Sapp Bros. sign myself. I'm a fan of Long John Silver's so I head for that Dubois exit. I believe there are two Dubois exits, I take the first one heading west or the second one heading east and the restaurants and shopping aren't that far, maybe a mile down the road. There's a cemetery you pass on the right going in with shopping malls on both sides. Barkeyville, Hermitage, Mercer, Emlenton, Woodland, Clearfield, I guess there are other exits I can't recall off hand.
Just watch for the " Highest Point on I 80 East of the Mississippi" and " Now Leaving the Chesapeake Watershed" signs. and you know you're moving out of the Pa highlands as you head west.
Heading west the first DuBois exit is the one where most of the stuff is, a mile or two off the exit near the DuBois Mall. That's where Long John's is, along that stretch on the right past the mall.

The second DuBois exit has a couple things like a large Sheetz. I don't remember what else.

Brookville has a McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Arby's, Dairy Queen, a Chinese place, Plyler's (a local place, largest non-motel at the exit), the Gold Eagle (used to be "fine dining", don't know about now. Only ever ate there a couple times). Brookville also has a porn place at the exit. There used to be restaurants in Downtown Brookville but they've closed over the years. There is one breakfast place on Main Street but it closes around noon. There's also the Courthouse Grill on Main Street. That's all that are left of half a dozen or so 40 years ago.

Clarion has the fast food places plus a Perkins and a decent steak place in the mall, which is right there. Clarion itself also has some ok places in town. The Pizza Pub on 322 East on the right past the college would be my choice.

And remember, all three, DuBois, Brookville and Clarion bill themselves as "The Gateway to Cook Forest".

If you go to Cook Forest the Iron Mountain Grill on 28 south of the Forest is pretty good, but it's a hike from Brookville, 12 or 15 miles north.

Also keep in mind that area is rural. It's not bad on 80 itself but there are long stretches off it where cell service is non-existent
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:38 PM
 
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If you're heading to New Mexico why even bother with I-80 or the PA Turnpike? Take I-84 to I-380 to I-81 and follow I-81 to I-40 at Knoxville, TN. I-40 takes you into NM.
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Old 07-04-2018, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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If you're heading to New Mexico why even bother with I-80 or the PA Turnpike? Take I-84 to I-380 to I-81 and follow I-81 to I-40 at Knoxville, TN. I-40 takes you into NM.
Perhaps because that route is about 110 miles and 1:40 longer.

Some may find that route preferable anyway since it’s more rural than the OH-IN-IL-MO route, but the original poster seemed to put the greatest emphasis on shortest travel time.
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Old 07-04-2018, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Has anyone ever stopped at Sapp Bros. at the Clearfield exit? I'm intrigued by the big coffee pot sign, but haven't been there.
Yes—It’s a truck stop. (Shrug.) Part of a relatively small but still national chain based out of Omaha. It’s reasonably clean and functional, but it’s neither large and gleaming like a brand new TA or Pilot nor a charming little mom and pop place.

Now I have been intrigued by the Emlenton Truck Plaza farther west on I-80, the one which claims (or claimed—past tense) to have America’s Worst Apple Pie. But I think those billboards are disappearing, so maybe they’ve given up on that stunt.
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Perhaps because that route is about 110 miles and 1:40 longer.

Some may find that route preferable anyway since it’s more rural than the OH-IN-IL-MO route, but the original poster seemed to put the greatest emphasis on shortest travel time.
Actually I'm more concerned with road construction than actual mileage.
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