Carlisle, PA To Middletown, CT

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BK's Comment
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Yesterday I picked up a loaded trailer to take to Connecticut. My truck navigation routed me east to I95, north on 95 and over the George Washington Bridge and then on to CT. This was a nerve racking route since it was my first time driving a truck in that congested area. And it was a Saturday, I’m sure it could be even worse at other times.

Looking over my atlas, it seems to me the better route would have been to go north from PA up to I 84 in New York and straight east to CT. Then I could have avoided all that NYC crazy traffic. The good thing is that now I know the way to Hunts Point Market where Helwig goes on a regular basis.

Which route described above is the better option?

Tim F.'s Comment
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I81 north to 84 east is the less expensive and during the week, less delays.

84 in CT can get congested at times.

I went over the GW last week heading to Brooklyn. On the way into NYC I lost 2 hours due to an accident on the bridge.

On the way back, I lost 2-1/2 hours due to emergency maintenance caused by the accident. I should have known better and taken an alternate route (95 north, 287 west to NYS Thruway and the Tappan Zee)

You’ll learn these time saving and cost saving routes.

Take care.

G-Town's Comment
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I used to run into CT weekly, considering where you are starting; 81N to 84E would be my preference.

Old School's Comment
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It's much easier to take the Tappan Zee bridge. Company suggested routing goes by shortest distance. In that area shortest distance does not mean shorter time periods. I've crossed the GW many times. Only once or twice did it seem efficient. Those times were usually around 0200 to 0300. Any other time of day I'm opting for the Tappan Zee.

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BK's Comment
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Thank you, gentlemen

If I do volunteer to go to the Hunts Point Market, I get a $75 bonus to go there. After yesterday, I’m not sure it’s worth it. But having survived the initial experience, it won’t be so daunting next time. Crazy bad roads and crazy 4 wheel drivers. 2 car accident approaching the toll booths for the bridge didn’t help things at all.

Bird-One's Comment
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Hey BK aka Bruce. K the other Bruce. K that recently joined the forum is at the same place you are. Crazy odds! Maybe he’s still there.

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BK's Comment
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Hey BK aka Bruce. K the other Bruce. K that recently joined the forum is at the same place you are. Crazy odds! Maybe he’s still there.

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Apparently, I have multiple personality syndrome. I hope the company doubles my pay.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Banks's Comment
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I once sat on the George Washington bridge for 4 hours due to construction. 3/4 lanes closed. I normally take 287 to the tappan zee, but I figured it's Saturday night it should be fine. I was so so so so wrong. Fortunately, FedEx paid me hourly to sit there, so it wasn't a complete loss, but I avoid it if I can.

84 is 2 lanes and it can get a little congested on the weekends. Hartford has the same traffic any city has. My issue with Connecticut is the fluctuating speed limits with state troopers all over the place waiting to pop you. It goes from 65 to 50 to 55 to 45. Still a better option than 95 though.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey BK aka Bruce. K the other Bruce. K that recently joined the forum is at the same place you are. Crazy odds! Maybe he’s still there.

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Hey BK aka Bruce. K the other Bruce. K that recently joined the forum is at the same place you are. Crazy odds! Maybe he’s still there.

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Apparently, I have multiple personality syndrome. I hope the company doubles my pay.

I'm having a hella case of RLS (Raucous laughing syndrome) right now!!!! I just hope you two get to meet up, someday!!!

Always me,

~ Anne ~

ps: I don't miss the GW Bridge at ALL; not that I get up to New England area anymore. The Tap Z is better, if ya gotta do either.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

G-Town's Comment
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Time to up the Meds.

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Hey BK aka Bruce. K the other Bruce. K that recently joined the forum is at the same place you are. Crazy odds! Maybe he’s still there.

confused.gif

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Apparently, I have multiple personality syndrome. I hope the company doubles my pay.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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