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post #1 of 13 Old 07-28-2006, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Best route from VT to Richmond, VA?

I am going from Vermont to VA and trying to bypass the worst of NYC + NJ . Here is what I was thinking:

Rt.91 South to Hartford. CT

Rt. 84 West out of Hartford to Rt. 684 South to Rt. 287 over the Tappan Zee Bridge to Exit 14A

onto the NYS Thruway becoming the Garden State Parkway all the way down to Rt. 95 South

Then through Trenton, Philly, Baltimore, Washington DC on to Richmond.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-29-2006, 06:42 AM
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Hi Tom,

My brother just left for a family vacation in VA, from CT He wanted to avoid rte 95 at all costs. The traffic jams can be brutal. He chose to head West, on 84, to Scranton, PA.
Then, head South on rte 81.

I'm not sure if that's better but it is another option.

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Thanks Bruce,

I have decided to take your advice and avoid Rt.95 altogether. I have changed my route to go 84 west out of Hartford, to 684 south, to 287 and over the Tappan Zee Bridge and then get on Rt. 78 which goes through Allentown and Harrisburg, PA

Then onto Rt. 81 near Harrisburg all the way down to Knoxville TN.

From there I will ride Tail of the Dragon in Deals Gap and then go up to Richmond to see my brother and ride Skyline Drive and the surrounding countryside. Then up to Quakertown, PA for cousins day on Saturday, and then home on Sunday.

My ass is gonna be sore.

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Jackpiner57, just think of all the great roads and don't think about the seat at all. sounds like a great trip. wish I had some vac. time if only to ride the deals gap and return home ....OH Well I'll be able to rid it next July When we have our first National VSTROM Gathering. ride safe and take pictures.

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Thanks Jack, I think I'm gonna get seriously roasted! Temps are supposed to be in the 90's to 100 and humid as hell. I am not used to riding in that sh*t!

I think I'll have to keep soaking my t-shirt with water under the mesh jacket. I'll be wearing mesh pants too. :cry: I think I need a sahara vest, but it's too late to order one now.

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Tom, take a 100 % cotton Sweat shirt (Dont tell tthe S.O.) remove the sleeve's, wear a poly tee shirt beneath that, wet the sweat shirt. and re apply H2O as needed Its a less costly set up and you don't have to pay shipping..... :P .... Oh yeah we who winter hike & Camp refer to cotton as the "DEATH " cloth due to the unnatturally high ratio of heat loss when wet. :shock: safe trip. watch for critters on the way, Jack

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why take the big roads?

I just returned from almost the same trip. I live in New Hampshire and have gone to either Deals Gap or West Virginia for the last six years. Take VT Rt9 to NY RT7 (the same road). Take a left on NY RT22 south (55mph speed most of the way) and go about 60 miles to RT23 west, intersects the Taconic parkway. Take parkway south 20 miles to RT 199 into Red Hook NY. Cross the Kingston Rhinebeck bridge and get on 87 south NYS Thruway). From there you have the option of taking I84 west to PA or 287 south thru north Jersey. Since my trips require a stop in Philly to meet with riding partners I take 287 down to 78 west and then a few back roads to PA611 and into the city. This way you avoid Hartford and I84 thru CT(a real he$$ hole )and the Tappen Zee bridge. If you go west on 84 and hit 81 you avoid congestion but its all a highway drone, and 81 below Harrisburg PA is hot and nasty this time of year. What ever way you choose, around Winchester VA you can pick up RT50(?) that will take you over to WV RT220 south. This road parells I81 all the way to I64 and is about the nicest road you will ever find that gets you from "here to there" and still allows you to enjoy the ride. WV RT 219 is just as good, and the town of Marlinton is every bit as good a destination as Deals Gap. The only other road I will say anything about is VA RT80, way down in the south west corner of the state. Dragons don't only live in North Carolina!
Ride safe, enjoy the ride and remember-it's no fun riding the dragon with squared off tires from two days of highway riding.
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FWIW:

I 81 and I 78 in PA are VERY trucker-heavy roads. I was on 78 today (in my car) from Allentown heading west, and I saw so many semi recap tread remnants on the road it was crazy! All I could think about was having one of those come at me while on my bike. Scary thought.

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That sounds like a great idea Jack. I'm gonna give it a try. I'll be watching out for the critters too. Too bad you can't ride this one with me.

MikeG and drummer, Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it. I will take all that into consideration.

The more I think about this trip, I am beginning to realize that in order to make it to Deals Gap and have enough time to ride it and get to Richmond by Thursday, I would have to ride the superslabs non-stop.

New plan= no plan: Forget Deals Gap area. Take all back roads to VA and enjoy the ride. I don't care if it takes a few days. I'll sleep wherever I end up. No plan, just some maps and wing it. Maybe I'll get some W. VA roads in too. Maybe get some soft shell crabs in Chincoteague, VA too.

The only thing that's for sure, is that I'm headed south.

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-30-2006, 10:52 PM
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good idea

Sounds like a better idea. Deals Gap has nothing on West Virginia and it takes three days of determined riding to get there. It also seems like the really good NC roads are seperated by a lot of not so good riding because of tourist traffic. Enjoy the ride!
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