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Lehigh Valley/Poconos - October 4, 2016

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

On Tuesday, October 4th I ventured from Jarrettsville, Maryland up to the Allentown area of Pennsylvania to visit the abandoned speedway in Nazareth. From there I made my way up to an area of the Pocono Mountains.


I left right around 5:30 in the morning and made a straight shot up U.S. Route 1 from the Bel Air North area here in Harford County to the Conowingo Dam, continued through northwest Cecil County and hit Chester County, Pennsylvania where U.S. 1 expands into the Kennett-Oxford Bypass. The sun was rising as I traversed the 22 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line up to the Baltimore Pike merge at Kennett Square.


Passing Longwood Gardens, I then took U.S. Route 202 past West Chester and to the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange at Valley Forge-King of Prussia. This is approximately where Interstate 76 splits onto the Schuylkill Expressway, leaving Interstate 276 to inherit the mainline Turnpike. I took I-276 to the Interstate 476 Northeast Extension at Norristown.


I exited the Northeast Extension at the Lehigh Valley interchange, paid the $6.05 fee which included the short Mainline segment I had traveled, and took U.S. Route 22 a couple of exits before stopping to figure out how to avoid U.S. 22 traffic and get through Allentown and Bethlehem to reach Nazareth. Eventually I landed on Pennsylvania Route 191 and took that to what was left of the Nazareth Speedway.


I then made my way up to Route 33 to U.S. Route 209, and split onto Pennsylvania Route 115 into Monroe County. This took me to my second major stop, NASCAR and IndyCar's Pocono Raceway. I stopped at the gate to take pictures before leaving.


Next I hit up Interstate 80 which connected me with Interstate 81. After a few exits on I-81, I stopped at Turkey Hill gas station in Hazleton for bathroom and snacks. I then continued on I-81 southbound. As of this post there is some construction being done southbound on I-81 around exit 104.


I got to the Harrisburg hub and shot down I-83 south to the last Pennsylvania exit, Exit 4, Pennsylvania Route 851-Shrewsbury. Before re-entering Maryland, I stopped at Rutter's in Stewartstown quickly. Local roads back in Maryland took me the remainder of the way home.

Day trip: South central/southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland, northern West Virginia

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday, September 26th, 2016, I took a day trip through the mountains of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia so that I could clinch I-68 and get a new portion of U.S. 30, among other things.


I left from Harford County, Maryland around 6:30AM. I made my way up into York County, Pennsylvania, and from Hanover, took Route 116 into Adams County, where I hopped onto Route 30 at Gettysburg. I had not previously been on U.S. 30 west of the Appalachian Trail crossing. I passed that point and was in Franklin County. Crossing I-81, I made my way through Chambersburg.


U.S. 30 gets pretty hilly and curvy as it heads into Franklin County. At the bottom of a hill outside of McConnellsburg, I picked up U.S. 522, and stopped at a Sheetz there quickly. I followed 522 to I-70, re-entered Maryland and got onto I-68 at Hancock in Washington County.


Through Allegany County, Maryland seat Cumberland, I-68 has a slow speed limit of 40 MPH along a viaduct that winds through downtown Cumberland. I-68 then emerges into La Vale and Frostburg before landing into Garrett County. Everything beyond Exit 14 (U.S. 219 south/U.S. 40 west) was new territory for me.


I got to West Virginia and continued on I-68 to its end at I-79 outside Morgantown, home of the West Virginia University. I-79 took me back into southwest Pennsylvania, where I stopped at another Sheetz, in Greene County seat Waynesburg. In Washington County, I reached I-70 eastbound. There was a construction zone along I-70 somewhere between Washington and New Stanton.


New Stanton is where I-70 joins the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. I wound my way east on the Turnpike a good 165 or so miles to I-83 just south of Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg. It was considerably foggy and rainy by then. I passed through York and exited at Exit 4, Shrewsbury, and soon arrived back in Maryland. I stopped for gas quickly before going the rest of the way home in Harford County.


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