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Old 02-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #11
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Yep $20 to cross.
While this sounds like a lot, it is only charged one way. It is FREE going into NJ and you pay coming back. Each way costs 10 bucks with camper if you use the bridge for both directions.

The NJ turnpike is a toll road, but you can use the free interstate that parallels it for most of its length. (I use the NJ turnpike as there is WAY less traffic.)
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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Thanks to everyone for all the input. I will need to get my map out and preview your suggested routes and make a decision. Can't wait to get under way...
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:45 PM   #13
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Gheesh, in the DC area it's rush hour all day! Stay away from 495 & 95 as mentioned. Cut thru to I-81 above Richmond and enjoy the scenery. BTW, there's a great KOA in Maryland if that's a stopping point. It's the Hagerstown\Antitem KOA. Very scenic and clean. Reservations recommended.
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We have changed up our route to pick up I-81 out of Charlotte. We are in no rush and would prefer to bypass the megalopolis of DC-Baltimoe-PA as much as possible. I bet it must be beautiful country driving the Appalachian chain and the Shenandoah Valley.

My question, how are the elevations and grades? We are passing thru in June so there is no weather concerns. I assume pretty good since it is interstate highway. We have a place in western NC so are familiar with driving in the Smokey Mtns. About the same?
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:55 PM   #14
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Overall you have a good route and it minimizes tolls. Just be prepared for traffic in the DC, Baltimore, Harrisburg, and NY areas. Most traffic issues are between 6am - 9:30am and again 2:30pm - 6:30pm. Construction and accidents will add traffic headaches at any time.
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For the I-81 routing: be careful on I-81 in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania - this is mostly a 4 lane divided highway with 2 lanes in each direction. Many trucks use this highway so the slow lane can be crowded and passing can be interesting (cars vs. trucks vs. RV's).
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Absolutely no problems with grades. I've run that route for years and the steepest grade is prolly NY State just past the Pennsylvania line headed East 'til the Hudson River. Ni big deal overall and gorgeous views.
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For the I-81 routing: be careful on I-81 in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania - this is mostly a 4 lane divided highway with 2 lanes in each direction. Many trucks use this highway so the slow lane can be crowded and passing can be interesting (cars vs. trucks vs. RV's).
Sounds like I-95, I-75 and most interstates I have traveled. I appreciate the info on the grades and roads. I can handle 2 lanes of divided highway, always gets more tricky when there a 6 lanes and you are in the wrong lane

We are in no hurry and will enjoy the views. We have driven from NY to Fl but did not pay a lot of attention to roads ( we were not towing a 30' TT). Been there, done that, so why not see another part of the country.

I'll let you know what I think later this summer. This portion of our trip will be the first week of a month long trip to Canada's east coast.
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If you change your mind and want to stick w/ 95. I think the key bridge in Baltimore allows propane and is a shorter alternative to the beltway. Double check this before you go.
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85 come out of Atlanta thru charlotte not 81. 85 ends at 95 in Petersburg, Va. Run 95 to 301 back to 95 north of Baltimore
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85 come out of Atlanta thru charlotte not 81. 85 ends at 95 in Petersburg, Va. Run 95 to 301 back to 95 north of Baltimore
Super.. sorry I was not more clear. I meant to say I would take I-77 from Columbia thru Charlotte and then continue north on I-77 to I-81.

I used Streets and trips and plotted a route from Jeckyll Island, GA to Jersey city via Columbia, Charlotte and I-81 to I-78 and then plotted route via DC, Baltimore then pick up I-81,78 at Harrisburg. The parameters being the same (speed, travel time, etc ) it was only a little over an hour more going I-81 up from Charlotte. I'm leaning to I-81 and scenery versus megalopolis and 8 lane traffic. I'm used to driving 2 lane interstate with trucks as I drive I-97, I-75 a lot.

Here is the calculation from S&T...

via DC, Baltimore to Harrisburg
943 miles
3 days, 1 hour, 39 min
drive time 16 hrs, 54 min

via 81 from N of Charlotte
984 miles
3 days, 2 hours, 19 min
Total drive time 17hr, 34 min
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