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Old 09-26-2011, 07:33 PM   #1
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What is the best route: Northern New England to Springfield, Ill?

Hi, I'm Scamping part way across the country and wondering what route to take? From Southern New Hampshire to Springfield, Ill. Any advice?
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Whatever you do, get off I90 before Cleveland. It's rush hour all day there.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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I90 to I88 to I79 to I80 to I76 to I74 to I 72

Hampton, NH
Albany, NY
Binghamton, NY
Eirie, PA
Akron, OH
Columbus, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Springfield, IL

I generally try to stay away from cities and toll road. This is about 1250 miles, The shortest route thru northern Ohio (Cleveland) is about 1190.

Actually we avoid this whole stretch when going west and loop across Canada soming in at Sault ST Marie.
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Hi, I'm Scamping part way across the country and wondering what route to take? From Southern New Hampshire to Springfield, Ill. Any advice?
There's a fiberglass rally at Nashville Indiana in two weeks, if you are just traveling and have the time.
Also Turkey Run in Indiana is a great campgound and a good stop on your way.



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There will be a small informal get together in Brown County State Park, Oct 14-16. The park is near Nashville, Indiana. There are a lot of things to do nearby, shopping, wineries, and beautiful scenery. I have reserved site 358 in Taylor Ridge Electric. Hope some of my fellow FGRV friends can join me. Book your site soon as the park fills up real fast in October.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:38 PM   #5
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There were no campsites at Brown County that weekend, unless something opened up in the last two days.

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Old 09-28-2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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Thanks! This looks like the consensus from a couple of different sources now.
I wondered about the Canadian possibility, but don't want to give an additional rabies vaccination to my canine traveling companion.
Looks quite a bit longer, too, no?

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I90 to I88 to I79 to I80 to I76 to I74 to I 72

Hampton, NH
Albany, NY
Binghamton, NY
Eirie, PA
Akron, OH
Columbus, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Springfield, IL

I generally try to stay away from cities and toll road. This is about 1250 miles, The shortest route thru northern Ohio (Cleveland) is about 1190.

Actually we avoid this whole stretch when going west and loop across Canada soming in at Sault ST Marie.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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Aw, thanks for the invites! I'm on a mission with this trip though, it's to attend the dog agility championships in Ill. for the week, then heading right back home and back to work. I don't think I can really plan my layovers ahead of time and am planning to take my chances with what campgrounds I can find using the "Next Exit" book.
Maybe next trip! I'd like to torture myself (and my husband) by looking at everyone's remodeled eggs sometime!
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This thread moved to General Chat - where it might be seen by more people who can advise you.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:11 AM   #9
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NH to IL route worked great! Thanks!

I took the Albany - Buffalo - Cleveland - Columbus - Urbana - Springfield suggestion, had light traffic ( it was on a weekend and the holiday Monday ) and went through a few one lane construction zones but it didn't really slow things down because traffic was so light. There was one section I didn't like that took me through a couple of miles of downtown Indianapolis and the road was being paved and the manholes were sticking up (Poor Scamp!) but I slowed way down, put on my hazards, stuck to the right lane and we did ok. The Scamp and Element combo drove fine and I found that my mileage was 14 mpg at 67 mph, and went up to 18 mpg at 62 mph. I think I'll take the same route back but I'll look for some way around Indianapolis. Thanks everyone!
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I took the Albany - Buffalo - Cleveland - Columbus - Urbana - Springfield suggestion, had light traffic ( it was on a weekend and the holiday Monday ) and went through a few one lane construction zones but it didn't really slow things down because traffic was so light. There was one section I didn't like that took me through a couple of miles of downtown Indianapolis and the road was being paved and the manholes were sticking up (Poor Scamp!) but I slowed way down, put on my hazards, stuck to the right lane and we did ok. The Scamp and Element combo drove fine and I found that my mileage was 14 mpg at 67 mph, and went up to 18 mpg at 62 mph. I think I'll take the same route back but I'll look for some way around Indianapolis. Thanks everyone!
Are you in Springfield now? I live here and have been considering a 13 Scamp. Would it be possible to take a peek at yours?

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I took the Albany - Buffalo - Cleveland - Columbus - Urbana - Springfield suggestion, had light traffic ( it was on a weekend and the holiday Monday ) and went through a few one lane construction zones but it didn't really slow things down because traffic was so light. There was one section I didn't like that took me through a couple of miles of downtown Indianapolis and the road was being paved and the manholes were sticking up (Poor Scamp!) but I slowed way down, put on my hazards, stuck to the right lane and we did ok. The Scamp and Element combo drove fine and I found that my mileage was 14 mpg at 67 mph, and went up to 18 mpg at 62 mph. I think I'll take the same route back but I'll look for some way around Indianapolis. Thanks everyone!
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Loop Roads

When we take that route we never go thru downtown. We always take a loop road around the city; though a little longer they are generally faster. Certainly they produce less anxiety..
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Did you show your dog or just go to cheer someone on? If you participated, how did it go?
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:37 PM   #14
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Well, I survived the drive home too, but the GPS still took me through Indy. I thought I had programmed a way around to the south but must have messed up. I did not have a good experience in Indy, stopped for gas (a mistake) and was accosted by a panhandler at the gas station. Then in New York I discovered that the hitch ball had come loose at some point and I couldn't tighten it up without a wrench big enough, so I just tightened it as much as I could by hand. I should have stopped and dealt with it, but I just wanted to get home. No accident, but my husband enlightened me as to what could have happened if the ball shaft had broken in transit. Stupid stupid stupid me.
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