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  1. #21
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    Default A Relatively Uncommon Symbiosis

    When the Interstate Highway System was built, it largely followed previously well-worn footpaths, wagon tracks, farm-to-market roads, and the US Highway System. They all followed the contours of the Earth - through mountain passes, along rivers, and straight as an arrow on the Great Plains. The result of all these 'roads' following the same routes is that you end up with many highways becoming 'duplexed', that is sharing the same physical roadbed. Sometimes this is for a short or modest distance, but in at least one instance the Interstates (I-55/I-44/I-40) have completely replaced a legendary highway (US-66).

    But US-11, while running basically right next to I-81 for mile after mile, is still there in all its relaxed-paced, stop and smell the roses glory. One can drive it up through the Great Valley of the Appalachians and never be more than a few miles from I-81 and its truck stops. Around Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA, however, US-11 and I-81 turn more northwest rather than northeast towards Boston. My suggestion would be to look at a couple of other US highways that also run parallel to some Interstates. Those would be US-6 (I-84), US-209 (I-81) and US-20 (I-90). Use the US labeled roads in the countryside and the Interstate labeled roads to get through urban areas.

    AZBuck
    Last edited by AZBuck; 10-02-2021 at 07:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    Around Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA, however, US-11 and I-81 turn more northwest rather than northeast towards Boston. My suggestion would be to look at a couple of other US highways that also run parallel to some Interstates. Those would be US-6 (I-84), US-209 (I-81) and US-20 (I-90). Use the US labeled roads in the countryside and the Interstate labeled roads to get through urban areas.

    AZBuck
    Just note that a fair section of US 209 in northern PA and to it's end in NYS veer away from I-81. If you follow it all the way, you will wind up on I-87 in Kingston (NY), which could then connect you to the I-90/US 20 corridor across MA.

    Alternative may be to follow US 11 until it actually meets US 6 (a bit north of Scranton area), then 6 east to 209 then 209 North. That way, you stick close to I-81 & I-84 until you get onto 209, and the section from there into NY isn't that long to cover before hitting the Thruway (which brings you back to areas with lodging and possibly some truck stop access).

    The other issue getting onto 209 further south is that the section just south of I-84/US 6 is through the Delaware Water Gap, definitely slower for a number of miles - but then again also a great area to go through, and there may be options there for stopping with the park access as well, if you did choose that way.

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    Default One Constant

    One constant I have noticed as I drive the various highways and byways. No matter how big the town or city, or how small and isolate a village or settlement may be. No matter how heavily travelled the road, or where one rarely sees a vehicle - let alone a person. There is one constant which binds all these roads and places together.....

    And that is the (almost) comforting site of the black and gold Dollar General sign. It has at times given me somewhere to ask for directions; answer a call of nature; get a query or puzzle about a local feature answered; and always, ALWAYS, on the narrowest road given me somewhere to park, even if only for a moment. I had never before noticed just how many and how wide spread this brand is.

    Lifey

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    Don't ever try to find a Dollar General in southern California. It didn't exist out there. Instead, we had Dollar Tree, 99.9c Only, and Big Lots.



    Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    Don't ever try to find a Dollar General in southern California. It didn't exist out there. Instead, we had Dollar Tree, 99.9c Only, and Big Lots.



    Donna
    Dollar Tree just announced they would start selling some items at more than a dollar. So much for that. But….if in rural areas, looking for a Dollar General is probably good advice. They are popping up everywhere in the rural areas, the new version of the old Five & Dime stores.

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    Default Three of my favourites.

    .....US-6 (I-84), US-209 (I-81) and US-20 (I-90)....
    Thanks for reminding me Buck. Three of my favourites. Have thoroughly enjoyed US-6 through many States, and those of you who have never driven US-6 through PA have really missed something. It definitely deserves a few days to take in everything from the Kinzua Bridge park in the east, to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania in the middle and the lovely mountain villages towards its western end. I was fortunate to have experienced the Kinzua bridge some three years before it was destroyed by a tornado, after having stood there for well over a century. There are many websites featuring the many and various attractions along the way.

    Similarly US-209 has delivered me with surprises each time I have travelled it through Pennsylvania. Those mountain villages seem to always have something going, a parade, music festival, or similar event. Have taken it from the Jim Thorpe area to the Susquehanna River, several times.

    I’ll be back on US-20 again next week, from the area of South Bend IN to who knows where. Love the route it takes through NY and MA. One of my favourite routes west when leaving Boston.

    Lifey

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