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post #31 of 59

If you take the Taconic & are looking for a quick bite to eat I highly recommend the Chief Martindale diner off the Hillsdale/Claverack exit. They have fresh (not frozen) codfish that is really good & inexpensive too.

post #32 of 59
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Don't bother with the shortcut around Quichy Lake either.

 

BK 

Why's that? I've always thought it shaved off a couple of minutes. There's another shortcut that's even faster but I've yet to learn it. I think I know it but don't like to experiment when I'm trying to make time. Anyone here familiar with the other shortcut?

If you know the shortcut, it's worth taking.  IF you don't know it, it's not worth the effort to find, especially if you are traveling at night.

When I used to drive that route every week, I missed the shortcut about half the time.  Now I don't even look for it. 

 

BK

post #33 of 59
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If you take the Taconic & are looking for a quick bite to eat I highly recommend the Chief Martindale diner off the Hillsdale/Claverack exit. They have fresh (not frozen) codfish that is really good & inexpensive too.

+1

Diners>> thruway food.

Taconic FTW.

 

BK

post #34 of 59
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Before 5am there is. That's when I usually leave.


you have to give a little time after 2 am when people are heading out of Manhattan when they leave the bars.

post #35 of 59
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3am to probably 7am (on a non work day) is probably the window of opportunity where there isn't too much traffic.

Don't the bars still close at 4am?  I always try to stay off the road a couple of hours after closing time.

 

BK

post #36 of 59
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Don't the bars still close at 4am?  I always tried to stay off the road a couple of hours after closing time.

 

BK


I forget,  It's been a long time since I have closed a bar and needed to cross the Hudson get back home.

post #37 of 59
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Better to take the Willis Avenue bridge or the Triboro to the Deegan to Yonkers and Sprain. Once you clear Westchester it's sixth gear all the way to Rutland.

 

BK

 

Good to see people still call it the Triboro.  I never call it the RFK.

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Good to see people still call it the Triboro.  I never call it the RFK.

I know, but where is the Ed Koch Bridge?  Someone told me it was the Queensboro Bridge, but I never heard of that one either.

 

BK

post #39 of 59

FYI, the Taconic is infested with speed traps.  Be very careful going over the speed limit if you don't have a radar detector. Its also narrow, winding and very dark at night.  I much prefer 22.

post #40 of 59
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If you know the shortcut, it's worth taking.  IF you don't know it, it's not worth the effort to find, especially if you are traveling at night.

When I used to drive that route every week, I missed the shortcut about half the time.  Now I don't even look for it. 

 

BK


Pretty simple to me but then again I drive it regularly. Getting back to places to eat the Backwater Grill on the Queechy shortcut makes excellent burgers.

post #41 of 59
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FYI, the Taconic is infested with speed traps.  Be very careful going over the speed limit if you don't have a radar detector. Its also narrow, winding and very dark at night.  I much prefer 22.


I've never been stopped. I set my cruise control at 62mph & have never been bothered. You are right though there are a lot of smokeys on that road. My problem with Rt 22 is getting slowed down in towns with traffic lights on the southern portion. It is the most direct route though. Also there is a lot more traffic on the Hutch getting to I-684 than taking the Sprain to the Taconic especially when coming south. I-684 is the way I'd go to pick up Rt. 22 in Brewster.

post #42 of 59
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Good to see people still call it the Triboro.  I never call it the RFK.
I know, but where is the Ed Koch Bridge?  Someone told me it was the Queensboro Bridge, but I never heard of that one either.
BK
59th St Bridge.
manhattan-02-g.jpg
post #43 of 59

I'm not a fan of them renaming bridges, tunnels & highways either. Battery tunnel is still the Battery tunnel not the Hugh L Carey tunnel. Same with the Interboro Pkwy, it's not the Jackie Robinson.

post #44 of 59
I agree. Ed Koch, RFK, Bridge? .
Carey Tunnel?
Horrible
Or changing all the avenues north of 125th
Even Avenue of the Americas has never really worked except as an address.
post #45 of 59
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I'm not a fan of them renaming bridges, tunnels & highways either. Battery tunnel is still the Battery tunnel not the Hugh L Carey tunnel. Same with the Interboro Pkwy, it's not the Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson Parkway is fine.  So is the Gil Hodges Bridge.  The rest of them are an abomination.  When they rename the Tappan Zee Bridge the Mario Cuomo Bridge, that will be another reason to avoid the Thruway.

 

BK

post #46 of 59
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FYI, the Taconic is infested with speed traps.  Be very careful going over the speed limit if you don't have a radar detector. Its also narrow, winding and very dark at night.  I much prefer 22.

69 mph and I never get a ticket.  I got stopped for 79 in Chatham once, but I was exonerated in traffic court.  Upstate courts have to split the speeding ticket money with the State, so they plead everything down to a parking ticket.  It's still $100 but you never lose your license. That's the only good thing Mario Cuomo ever did.  Maybe they should name a bridge after him.

 

BK

post #47 of 59
Any more food recs on that route?
How about Mario's in New Lebanon?
Mario's
458 US-20, New Lebanon, NY 12125
post #48 of 59
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Any more food recs on that route?
How about Mario's in New Lebanon?
Mario's
458 US-20, New Lebanon, NY 12125


Jimmy D's diner in New Lebanon is decent. They usually have a bunch of dinner specials. I like their Giro's (hard to find a good Giro). They're also known for their pizza. Never ate in Mario's. There's another new fish fry place in town (right where you make the left onto Rt 22 heading north) I've yet to try. The Mobil gas station in town serves Indian food if you're into that type of thing.

 

edit: The Moose deli in Hoosic used to have good fresh pork sandwiches. I don't know if they still do since I haven't stopped there since they re-did the place.

post #49 of 59

Naja,

 

If you are still looking for ways from Upper West Side of NYC to Okemo

 

Okemo (~240 miles ~4 hours)

 

Killington (~255 miles ~4.25 hours)

 

If you need, adjust the starting location to make the routes and times more accurate.

 

If needed you can also adjust your route using waypoints (I am not sure for the correct term) to compare distance and time.

 

Sometimes I find it better to travel a longer route if it means I can avoid stop/go due to traffic lights or traveling through town centers.

 

Depending on which is more valuable (time or money) to me, I might travel a slightly longer route (time/distance) if I can avoid tolls.

 

Edit (added text below):

(If you would like to check distance/time/route to other ski areas in Mid-Atlantic or New England here is a link with several ski areas.  You can change the starting location to suit our needs.


Edited by GreyPilgrim - 1/18/16 at 8:15am
post #50 of 59
Well if you take 22, then the Oakhurst Diner in Millerton, NY is good. Had a great meatloaf sandwich there or you can get a burger where the beef comes from up the road. It's a nouveauish diner. Classic diner with more modern food. It does close at 9 pm.

The happening spot appears to be 52 Main. It was packed so I went to Oakhurst. It's American Tapas style. Open till 11.
If you get there early there's a Harney and Sons Tea shop in Millerton. There's also a coffee roasters just up 22 from the main street turn off into Millerton.

http://www.52main.com
post #51 of 59
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Hi - In case anyone cared: It ended up taking us just shy of five hours (including about a 10 minute stop). We left NYC on Friday around 6:30pm and arrived into Ludlow around 11:15pm. We took the Henry Hudson to the GW Bridge onto NJ4 West which led us to NJ17 Nprth and only i-87 North. Then I-787 to NY7 East for a bit and then VT279 East to US7 North. Final leg was on VT11 to Vt100 North. We hit some traffic getting out of the city (not terrible) and a few pockets of traffic early on I-87. Also a little traffic around Albany and Troy (Troy worse). Thank you all for your help.

post #52 of 59
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Hi - In case anyone cared: It ended up taking us just shy of five hours (including about a 10 minute stop). We left NYC on Friday around 6:30pm and arrived into Ludlow around 11:15pm. We took the Henry Hudson to the GW Bridge onto NJ4 West which led us to NJ17 Nprth and only i-87 North. Then I-787 to NY7 East for a bit and then VT279 East to US7 North. Final leg was on VT11 to Vt100 North. We hit some traffic getting out of the city (not terrible) and a few pockets of traffic early on I-87. Also a little traffic around Albany and Troy (Troy worse). Thank you all for your help.

I think NJ-17 takes too long.  Palisades Parkway, may be longer distance-wise, but no traffic lights = shorter time.  Just gotta watch out for the PP-police

post #53 of 59
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I think NJ-17 takes too long.  Palisades Parkway, may be longer distance-wise, but no traffic lights = shorter time.  Just gotta watch out for the PP-police


There are no traffic lights on 17 and as an added bonus there is a load cheap fuel choices. There are some decent diners/restaurants and a Trader Joes and a Fairway on the north bound side of 17.

post #54 of 59
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There are no traffic lights on 17 and as an added bonus there is a load cheap fuel choices. There are some decent diners/restaurants and a Trader Joes and a Fairway on the north bound side of 17.

you're right.  Brain fart.

 

But, the extremely high volume of traffic can make it quite slow.

post #55 of 59

AWD/snow tires are for amateurs. Roofs too.

post #56 of 59

From NYC?

Just point the car north, close your eyes and step on the gas.

Or you could try clicking your heels and say "there's no place like Vermont" three times.

 

Lol....you got plenty advice so just having some fun. Good luck

post #57 of 59
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you're right.  Brain fart.

 

But, the extremely high volume of traffic can make it quite slow.


Old school memory of Rt 17 lights - that was 30 years ago:D. You need to pick your spots when using Rt 4 to RT 17 to get to the NYS Thruway.

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AWD/snow tires are for amateurs. Roofs too.

Longest return from Vermont EVER was following one of those on Rt4.  The a$$hole had every car in Vermont following him but he wouldn't pull over to let anyone pass.  

 

BK

post #59 of 59
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I think NJ-17 takes too long.  Palisades Parkway, may be longer distance-wise, but no traffic lights = shorter time.  Just gotta watch out for the PP-police

I take 17 southbound to GSP in the morning, but never northbound in the afternoon.

 

If you leave the City by GWB, it's Palisades to I87 SOUTH across the TZB to Sprain/Taconic.  Return by Major Deegan to the Willis Avenue Bridge of the Triboro.  

Or if you want to spend time in Vermont, just move to the UES.

 

BK

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