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Old 03-14-2012, 09:32 PM   #11
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Have you tried Google maps and then manually drag around NYC? I did that and it found an alternative route.

Here's an example. Adds 110 miles to the trip but you circumvent a lot of the really busy areas around NYC.
Get to I-81 as soon as you can. The suggestion here adds a hundred miles but at 10 MPG that is five gallons @ say five bucks/gallon this summer or fifty bucks. I had friend tell me it cost him over $100 in tolls in around NYC in 2010 when we went to Maine. I-81 to I-84 is much less congested than the I-95 corridor. Congestion equals stop and go, stop and go equals low fuel mileage and more time. I had rather pull a hundred miles further than deal with the congestion. Also it lowers the driving blood pressure! From Alabama to Maine using the I-81 corridor I think we paid one small toll in New York and avoided all the rest.

I have friend who lives in Branford CT just east NYC. He pulls south every winter and is leaving to go home this Saturday. He takes the I-81 to I-84 then to Danbury then goes south. Drives completely around NYC, says it is quaicker, cheaper and easier.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:22 AM   #12
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Get to I-81 as soon as you can. The suggestion here adds a hundred miles but at 10 MPG that is five gallons @ say five bucks/gallon this summer or fifty bucks. I had friend tell me it cost him over $100 in tolls in around NYC in 2010 when we went to Maine. I-81 to I-84 is much less congested than the I-95 corridor. Congestion equals stop and go, stop and go equals low fuel mileage and more time. I had rather pull a hundred miles further than deal with the congestion. Also it lowers the driving blood pressure! From Alabama to Maine using the I-81 corridor I think we paid one small toll in New York and avoided all the rest.

I have friend who lives in Branford CT just east NYC. He pulls south every winter and is leaving to go home this Saturday. He takes the I-81 to I-84 then to Danbury then goes south. Drives completely around NYC, says it is quaicker, cheaper and easier.
What I have right now for my planned route is 81N->78E->84E->395N->195E->6E. Sounds pretty convoluted but it appears to be a fairly straight shot around NYC.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:14 AM   #13
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Maybe you left something out but how are you getting from 78N to 84E? 287N to 87N to 84E would be the way I would go. There is a toll on 87N NYS Thruway system. There also is a toll on the Newburg Bridge (84E) of about $8.00 maybe less depending on how they class you.

The farther away from metro NYC you stay the better and the less tolls you will pay for sure.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:50 PM   #14
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Take a look at this and see if it makes sense...

http://g.co/maps/29xj4
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:53 PM   #15
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I can vouch for the tolls being brutal in New York/North Jersey area. OUCH.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:06 PM   #16
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Just driving my car in 2010, I swear I paid $10 just to cross the GWB.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:25 PM   #17
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I might suggest this one, only because some of the local state hwys can have stops and towns that may slow you down considerably. If I can stick to an interstate I would prefer while draggin my unit. If someone can vouch for your route and has done it then I would trust it. This only came out about 15 mins more but at 60-65 and no stopping might just make it better overall.

exit 17 off 87 is home to OCC if you wanted to stop and oogle. My kids got a kick out of when we did it last year. I'm sure there are other great stops along your trek that just happens to be one I know.

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Al...=1,2,3&t=m&z=6

p.s. all the crossings, NYS and NJ tolls increase Jan 1st 2012 due to budgets!
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Appreciate that, 3. After a while, it makes your head hurt. Like you, I'd rather stay on an Interstate since gas is expensive enough without needless stopping. Thanks also for the tip on OCC. I didn't know that.
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My 2 cents, no refunds given. If at all possible take I81 to I84, second choice, get on I287 in Jersey then take it all the way to NY staying on 87 North to I84. The GW Bridge and Tapan Zee can be horrible depending on the time of day where as I81 / I84 aren't too bad at all. The cost of the toll at the Beacon / Newburgh bridge is far less $. I believe that the GW bridge toll for cash and 4 axles is $52 where as the Beacon is $10, Tappan Zee is $24.75

I am not aware of any campgrounds in Danbury.
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Thanks nylyon... much appreciated.
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