1) 97 North to 100 West
2) 100 West to 29N, then 70 W
3) 70 all the way to Whitetail
Total mileage for me: 101 miles, time: 90 minutes (excessive speeding)
NOW - Mapquest suggests for me to go to Timberline that I take 370 around, then up and out western maryland and down. ODD! Now doubt I would make the 70 change as above, still taking me past whitetail, up to cumberland, and then down 220.
Eyeballing it, it looks like I could follow 340 at Frederick, pass through Harpers Ferry, Winchester area, until it hits 220 (?) again and then down to timberline area. LOTS OF LITTLE BACK ROADS HERE... still tempting...
Also there's the total alternative approach for me -- cut through DC. Yes, I could cut through DC, 50/295/395 to 66 WEST, and then follow that out to 81N, then across 50/29 ... ( I have had good luck with that little trick of 295->395)...
ANY ONE HAVE ANY THOUGHTS? Yes, of course you do, this has been discussed a billion times, sorry!! ;-)
Here is the link:
If it is easy enough to get to 66, I would recommend 66-81-55-42-93. It is the southern route to CV and not bad road, particularly now that Corridor H is open from Baker to Moorefield. I can make it in 3 hours from Arlington on a good day without a lot of traffic on 66 to Manassas.
Read the article as well as the comments.
Having said that, I'm curious about the southern route and might try that one. The TRICK from the eastern side of DC is to take 295 SOUTH to 395 SOUTH, then pick up 110 at the pentagon, and then pick up 66 right at Rossalynn/Key/Iwo ...
THE PROBLEM is this -- there is NO direct connection from 295 SOUTH to 395 SOUTH. Instead you are left with several options, and I prefer the "button hook".
This involves going to exit 3a(?) I think -- and taking this around (it's a clover-leaf, so take the half clover-leaf) so you are now going on 295 *NORTH*...
Immediately facing you will be the connection to 395 SOUTH as there *is* a direct connection from 295 NORTH to 395 SOUTH.
Now take that and follow that over the river to 110/Arlington area & then pick up 66...
Coming back you can do the same thing but it's a BIT trickier. You have to pick up 295 SOUTH MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD from 395, merge right a couple of times until you are on 295 SOUTH again...
Now you want to go NORTH so take the button hook around, 3a again, and then you are on 295 N, and that's what you want...
That little maneuver, with the right traffic (aka early saturday am!) can save -- well a few minutes vs going around beltway... ;-)
Does any of that make *ANY* sense at all? I can try again, if it was confusing. Best to try it once perhaps before actually using it on a trip... it's taken me years of practice to get it down, and every now and then I still screw it up!
Ah duh, I am assuming you are coming from BWI via 70 which brings you right into Frederick in which case the 70-340-81 connection will make your drive really easy.
[This message has been edited by snowcone (edited 01-15-2004).]
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