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October 12th, 2004


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09:03 am - Road Trip!
Anyone know anything about I-80 in Pennsylvania? Is it a decent way to get in the general direction of New York? Or else of I-88 or I-90 in New York?

I'll be starting from Cleveland.
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From:airthesea
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
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I've done I-80, good run. Get a cb if you know the talk, truckers rock and will help ya.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
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"bear in the air?"

I need to replace the batteries in my CB.

Thanks. It's a long run, and I don't particularly want to go through Buffalo :) 80 seems shortest, but it's sometimes hard to say. . . My experiences in PA have been notoriously bad. :)
From:ceolnamara
Date:October 12th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
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Can I second that?
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From:ninjer
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
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It depends on your definition of "decent." In my vocabulary, just about anything can be made to be decent except a drive through Pennsylvania, because the damned thing goes on forever.

I-80 will get you there, sure, but the hours and hours and hours of construction that leaves the highway just slightly wide enough to drive a carrot down are never, ever what one might consider "decent" in a good and just universe.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:17 am (UTC)
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You inspired me to find this:

road construction in PA on 80

Thanks :)
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From:ninjer
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:20 am (UTC)
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It's really harrowing, you're less than half a foot away from the barriers at some points.

But the length is what gets to me. There's not a whole lot to see. Just a real straight shot for about eight hours. I think people have gone mad for worse reasons than that . . .
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
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you're less than half a foot away from the barriers at some points.

There's a good thrill to driving that, honestly. I love it.
From:ceolnamara
Date:October 12th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
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I thought it was fucking scary. But, I was driving at night in the middle of a rainstorm. It rained the entire way through PA. Mostly.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC)
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I-95 between DC and Richmond holds a special place in Satan's own black heart. It's not under construction, but if you get onto it around four on a Friday, it will take you over four hours to reach Richmond, a distance of no more than 100 miles.
From:ceolnamara
Date:October 12th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
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*glugluglug*

Yeah, me no like...
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 12th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
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Hopefully, just north on NYC. I don't particularly care to drive in there. I'll be driving all day Friday, so no worries on missing re-fuling ops. Besides, it's only 416 miles. If I re-fuel on the west side of the OH-PA border, I can probably make it to NJ before I need to stop. :)
From:ceolnamara
Date:October 12th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
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I can give you perfecto directions. Take I-80 straight through PA (where in Cleveland were you wanting to get on it?). There is always construction in PA. It's never fun. I drove straight across the state in one night, so it's possible. You'll continue on 80 through New Jersey. From there, I've forgotten the directions. IMO, don't bother taking 90, it takes you out of your way. Also, 80 in PA is not a turnpike, yay. You'll want to bring about 20 bucks for tolls, you won't need that much, but it's better to be safe. Most of the tolls will be in NJ and NYC.

Good luck.
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From:zylch
Date:October 12th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
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Agreed on not taking 90, it's way too far out of your way *and* it has a lower speed limit. And high tolls, high gas prices, and a lot of cops.

You may well be able to cut some time/distance on your trip if you use the state highways wisely. They also tend to go through nicer country, if you start to get bored/zoned out from the blandness of the interstates.

That $20 should be in change, by the way -- I last drove the NJ/NY area a few years ago, but unlike out west where we hire people, most of them were the "throw the coins in" variety. There was usually one lane where you could use bills, but it always took longer.
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From:ceolnamara
Date:October 12th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)
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You can tell everyone that your mom lives just down the interstate from you ;-)
From:healing_coyote
Date:October 12th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
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lol, I think I know where this post came from...

I have never had a problem with i-80, but it does have intense construction. I would suggest starting as early as possible in ohio (around 5am??) Also, the mountains and the trees are just beautiful!

As you get closer to NYC, I-80 turns into I-95. Depending on where you want me to meet you, there are many options.

Additionally, there is a quicker way to get to nyc from columbus than from akron, which is where I have always begun my long drive. You eventually have to take I-80, just because it is probably the only interstate that goes all the way through, in a mostly straight line, towards where you need to go. I will gladly give you all my wonderful hints today when I call ya at 5pm!
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From:qorinda
Date:October 12th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I haven't been on I-80 in years and years... but I have always loved it. I got a good sense of a variety of countrysides. I used to drive back and forth between Davenport, IA and Boston, MA. I also used I-80 for a portion of my trip from Boston to Phoenix when I moved out here in 1996.


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