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RVER

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Posted: 01/20/21 08:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess it is 81 to 77 and 95 I like to avoid fog and traffic and that is why I do not go straight down 95, NY, Baltimore and DC traffic is HORRIBLE or at least was but with pandemic may not be so bad? Anyway, if anyone hears of bad roads etc please let me know. I am too **** old to sit in traffic for hours which has happened to us. IF we were traveling alone, we would just get up and get through NY by about 7 so would miss high traffic and also miss rush hour in Baltimore and probably in DC and someone once told me you take a road around Baltimore like 295? on the EAST side? And for DC there is 495m0or 695 something like that and do the Northside of the road, I think. BUT we are not alone so we are going out to 81 via 78 because the 84 all the way out to 81 is one LONG road so changing roads is good and then we end up on 81 lower anyway,near Hershey get on 81. 77 sounds like consensus.


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Its all about timing. You can do the 95 boogie but need to time your self around the major cities. Up early stop mid afternoon and go again. When Towing we have taken 78 to 81 sb to 66 to 95. Brings us out near Fredericksburg where we bed down for the night. That's the hardest part of the trip. Wake up and head dwon 95. 77 takes you further west to make the cut over. As you pointed out the biggest issue is around the major cities. Last sb trip while towing we left Long Island 3 am and were in fbergs around 1:30. took a power nap went to dinner then shoved off the next morning after bfast and it was easy sailing.

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Do not know how you are planning to avoid 95 through NYC and North Jersey, but IF you find yourself crossing over the Delaware Memorial Bridge into Delaware, there is an excellent opportunity to totally avoid Baltimore, Washington DC and Richmond traffic. Once you cross the bridge, Its I 295, which merges into I 95 S for a very short while. Just stay right after the toll and pick up Delaware Rt 1 to US Rt 301 (It's a toll road for a short while - the new section which bypasses a lot of local traffic -f or us its worth every penny). Stay on US 301 South through Delaware and Maryland. You'll cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (NOT the Bridge Tunnel) Continue onto 301. It will merge with U S 50. When they split, stay on US 301 South. You will cross into Va on the "Nice Bridge" (not really so nice in an RV, but we've done it numerous times in our Class A!) Continue on 301 South to Bowling Green, Va - You'll pick up Va RT 207 there (a sign for I 95 is visible). Follow that for about 10 miles to I 95 South around exit 104 (Reuther Glen). Take that to I 295 S, exit 84 towards Mechanicsville. That will take you around both Richmond and Petersburg. Driving through Richmond on I95 in an RV is not something I would ever suggest! 295 merges back into 95 S around exit 46. Don't know if this is helpful, but it's the way we always went when we lived on the Jersey Shore. You miss all of the Baltimore/DC/Richmond/Petersburg traffic.


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Nice back up at the Nice bridge since it is now one way. Crossed it 30 min ago. No fun. They are building a new bridge it looks like. Fifty years ago there were 51 traffic lights from rat 50 down to the bridge, about 50mi. Many more now. Forget that route.

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2Retired that is too much switching back and forth etc. WE avoid 95 like the plague, so we go out 84 to 81 via 78. WAS just wondering if people use 66 or 77 and most use 77. I was told once that 66 MUCH better but from this string of replies sounds like 6 of one and half dozen of another and we are doing it in a car this time. USUALLY we go in MH or Fiver but this time in car.

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THANKS Y'all, this helps a lot.IF anyone has anymore ideas I am up for them!!

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Best route no question is 81,77, 26, 95.....I have used them all. 66 isn't bad but brings you north of Richmond


Ok ever....out of Mass on 90 to 84 straight thru Hartford...which is ok to Newburgh NY to 87 South to Sufferin to 287 west for 45 miles to 78 west
78 to 81 to Wyhnesville,VA to 77 South
At Columbia,SC to 20 west
In!Madison ,Ga..take x113 rt 83 for 48miles to 75 straight down to Viene....great ride..enjoy...C


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RVER wrote:

Anyone go 81 to 66 to 234 to 95 down to FL and then a route down to Venice? 77 is pretty far down 81 before crossing over to 95 and it looks like more miles than 66?
Yes. I live in Richmond and that is my route north and south. Rt. 234 is 4 lanes mostly. Also I-95 through Richmond is a piece of cake. Even rush hour doesn't come close to being a PITA when compared to DC, Baltimore, et. al. (I also take Rt.15 out of Harrisburg to Rt.17 to 95.)


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