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Old 11-29-2015, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default Getting here from Culpepper, VA area

In a couple of weeks I will be driving from the Culpepper, VA area to Wolfeboro, and I am looking for some route advice. I particularly DO NOT want to use either the GW or the Tappan Zee bridge, neither do I want to travel through New Jersey traffic. I am hoping to stay west of all the congestion of NYC, etc. Also, recognizing that there could be weather, I want to stay away from Albany - Bennington - Brattleboro if possible.

So far I have spoken with several people and have gotten several + 5 answers. I know there are Forumites who travel this route.

Thanks for any suggestions. PM me if you like.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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I don't drive that route but I do route trucks that way. If you don't want GW or Tappen Zee that leaves the bridges of I84 or I90. Coming north your main options are I95 or I81. 95 goes through Washington, Baltimore and Philly, so...

81 - 84 - 90 - 495 - 3 - 93

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81 - 86 - 90 - 495 - 3 - 93
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:56 PM   #3
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81 is a great ride! There are a lot of trucks...
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:57 PM   #4
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Download the Waze app, and take whatever route it tells you. Overall I doubt you'll find a more efficient path.
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Download the Waze app, and take whatever route it tells you. Overall I doubt you'll find a more efficient path.
Agree, trust Waze to go whatever way it suggests. Really, Waze is the best.
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In a couple of weeks I will be driving from the Culpepper, VA area to Wolfeboro, and I am looking for some route advice. I particularly DO NOT want to use either the GW or the Tappan Zee bridge, neither do I want to travel through New Jersey traffic. I am hoping to stay west of all the congestion of NYC, etc. Also, recognizing that there could be weather, I want to stay away from Albany - Bennington - Brattleboro if possible. So far I have spoken with several people and have gotten several + 5 answers. I know there are Forumites who travel this route. Thanks for any suggestions. PM me if you like.
I've taken an occasional detour from my usual relaxed "Inland-Route", which is I-81. Much of the I-81 route is reminiscent of New Hampshire scenery, including Autumn's colors.

If I were leaving Culpepper, I'd drive north to Baltimore, pick up I-83N, and route myself to I-81N, then take I-84E through Hartford, CT. (etc.).

Travel these routes on a weekend, and you'll find there are fewer trucks, no bridge congestion worries, no backups to local beaches, very little- or no- Interstate construction, and Hartford can be navigated with less terror.



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Old 11-30-2015, 09:00 AM   #7
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How about 78 through NJ or is that too busy for you? and up 87 and 287 to Newburgh and across the bridge there to 84.
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:49 PM   #8
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Before moving to Meredith we spent 15 years in the West Boston burbs (Maynard) and travelled regularly to visit my folks in Winchester, VA.

First time was via 95 - and that was the last time for that. After that we used 81 to Scranton and then 84 thru CT to the Mass Pike.

After a couple of unpleasant trips through CT in what should have been straightforward Winter weather we decided that it was worth the theoretical extra half-hour to catch 87 N off of 84 in NY and head up towards Albany and get on 90 there. 2 points worth noting: a) because of the difference in traffic, this detour is sometimes not any longer time-wise, and is a million times more relaxing, and b) I'd take Winter driving in Albany any day over CT.

So: 81 - 84 - 87 - 90 - 495 - 3N (pay the toll. 93 in MA is awful) - 93 - whatever you like from that point.

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Old 12-05-2015, 08:31 PM   #9
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I like your thinking, jimkberry, sounds like a route I could be happy with at this time of year. Thanks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:37 PM   #10
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Oh crap! Now it's my fault if traffic is bad!

Just kidding. Have a safe trip.

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Old 12-07-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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Actually did this trip this Tuesday. My biggest problem was DC ( both down and back)

I left Fredricksburg at 0600, got to the GW at 1100 and was at my daughters in CT ( off 84) 90 minutes later.

Waze is the way to go. Timing is everything I think with the 95 route.

84 in CT is bad from exit 17 to 26.. construction in Waterbury will add at least 30-45 minutes to go that 10 miles or so.

I toyed with the
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