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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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