Originally Posted by doidasso
Strange, i did a quick map route on a couple of different sites and they all tell me to go around the southern side of lake Erie.. The difference being 5- 10 mins faster.. Oh well i guess i must live right at the midway point.. Thanks for the info on the construction - can't see those on the map=]
Yeah, from Plymouth to Holiday Valley I can see it getting mapped to the south of Lake Erie.
There a couple factors at play for my seemingly odd preference for going through Canada to which I should confess.
(1) Different starting points in southeastern Michigan. Although in the past I've started such trips from Ann Arbor or Northville, I currently live in Royal Oak, which is going to tip towards the north-of-Lake-Erie route. For me, the eternal debate is whether to cross at Port Huron/Sarnia or Detroit/Windsor, not which way around the lake.
(2) Slightly different destination. I have relatives just north of Buffalo, and I tend to crash with them the first night of a weekend trip, so that tips towards the north-of-Lake-Erie route.
(3) Slightly different destination. I have a marked preference for Bristol over Holiday Valley. If you map Plymouth to Bristol (using "South Bristol, NY" for the resort) Google maps defaults to the north-of-Lake-Erie even for Plymouth. (I tend to stay in Victor, NY, when going to Bristol, which, again, tips to the northern route.)
(4) My somewhat irrational avoidance of certain roads, and the entire state of Ohio, when possible. I have relatives, whom I visit with some frequency, in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. So I drive that Toledo <-> Cleveland stretch of the Ohio turnpike often enough that I tend to want to avoid it when possible. The drive through southern Ontario is just about equally mind-numbing, but at least some signs are in French and I can occupy my mind with the question of how many demerits one gets for various infractions. Also, route I-90 from Cleveland to Buffalo can be subject to lake-effect snow. This can be a good thing for Holiday Valley, but it can make getting there from the west a pain. Using the north-of-Lake-Erie route, you're in the general lake-effect zone for just the last hour. Using the south-of-Lake-Erie route, you could be in lake-effect snow for 2-3 hours. I swear the only time I've passed Erie, PA, on I-90 not in a blizzard or ice storm has been in July. So check the weather forecast.
Didn't check all online maps, but Google maps, at least, takes the "new way" around Hamilton.