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Old 04-15-2013, 10:43 AM   #2671
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What time did you leave your home and how many stops did you make and for how long? We are going in sept and have never driven. We plan in leaving from Hershey, PA anywhere between midnight and 2am and hope the kids sleep a good portion of the night. Still wondering how long it will take, what time we will be pulling into POFQ. Google maps days 14 hours and 30ish minutes. Bing days about the same and mapquest says a lot more time???
we dont use i95 anymore but the last time i recorded times going 81-77-26-95-4 looks something like this:

home to i81 1hour / 1min
i81 to ma state line 1hour / 19min
ma s.l. to wv. s.t. /10min.
wv s.l. to va s.t. / 22min.
va s.l. to i77 3hour/ 23min
i77 to nc s.l. /26min.
nc s.l. to char. nc 1hour / 44min.
char.nc to sc s.l. /11min.
sc s.l. to i26 1hour/ 13min.
i26 to i95 /49min.
i95 to ga s.l. 1hour/ 7min.
ga s.l. to fl s.l. 1hour / 44min.
fl s.l. to i4 1hour/ 42min.
i4 to exit68 /54 min.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:45 AM   #2672
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What time did you leave your home and how many stops did you make and for how long? We are going in sept and have never driven. We plan in leaving from Hershey, PA anywhere between midnight and 2am and hope the kids sleep a good portion of the night. Still wondering how long it will take, what time we will be pulling into POFQ. Google maps days 14 hours and 30ish minutes. Bing days about the same and mapquest says a lot more time???
We left around 9:00 pm and only stopped for gas and grub! We were thinking about taking the 81 / 77 route, but because it was nighttime, we feared the deer!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #2673
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we dont use i95 anymore but the last time i recorded times going 81-77-26-95-4 looks something like this:

home to i81 1hour / 1min
i81 to ma state line 1hour / 19min
ma s.l. to wv. s.t. /10min.
wv s.l. to va s.t. / 22min.
va s.l. to i77 3hour/ 23min
i77 to nc s.l. /26min.
nc s.l. to char. nc 1hour / 44min.
char.nc to sc s.l. /11min.
sc s.l. to i26 1hour/ 13min.
i26 to i95 /49min.
i95 to ga s.l. 1hour/ 7min.
ga s.l. to fl s.l. 1hour / 44min.
fl s.l. to i4 1hour/ 42min.
i4 to exit68 /54 min.
for some reason, it wont let me edit my post. s.l. = state line along with s.t.
we leave nazareth around 2:30am. you are closer to i81 then i so it will be shorter for you. we dont stop for sit down meals but stop for a short stretch every 2 hours or so and or to get gas.
these times are aprox. a 16hour trip. i have managed to knock off a 1/2 hour since ive done these.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #2674
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #2675
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Has anyone driven from Northern California to WDW? If so, is there any advice? It's about 2900 miles one way...
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #2676
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We drove down from Philadelphia this past August. Left around 2:30 AM on a Saturday morning. Our driving directions had us taking 295 around Richmond also but at 6:00 on a Saturday morning there was virtually nobody on the road in that area so we decided to stay on 95 the whole way. If you are passing through Richmond around 6:00 AM during a week day I would think that the traffic wouldn't be too bad and you could probably skip the 295 loop. The later into rush hour you get, 295 may help. Driving from Philly we stopped once in NC or gas, and then stopped again at South of the Border in the NC/SC state line for the kids to get out and stretch and get something to eat.
I prefer I-295 around Richmond at all times. IMHO, it's a nicer road. Higher speed limit too.
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this is fantastic!! thanks for the breakdown!

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we dont use i95 anymore but the last time i recorded times going 81-77-26-95-4 looks something like this:

home to i81 1hour / 1min
i81 to ma state line 1hour / 19min
ma s.l. to wv. s.t. /10min.
wv s.l. to va s.t. / 22min.
va s.l. to i77 3hour/ 23min
i77 to nc s.l. /26min.
nc s.l. to char. nc 1hour / 44min.
char.nc to sc s.l. /11min.
sc s.l. to i26 1hour/ 13min.
i26 to i95 /49min.
i95 to ga s.l. 1hour/ 7min.
ga s.l. to fl s.l. 1hour / 44min.
fl s.l. to i4 1hour/ 42min.
i4 to exit68 /54 min.
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I prefer I-295 around Richmond at all times. IMHO, it's a nicer road. Higher speed limit too.
what's the speed limit? Is it not 65 the whole way down? I guess I'm just assuming it's 65mph since that is what our max is in PA.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:28 PM   #2679
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what's the speed limit? Is it not 65 the whole way down? I guess I'm just assuming it's 65mph since that is what our max is in PA.
speed limit? theres a speed limit????

most of it is 65mph. there are spots you will see 70mph. get into some city areas and it will drop down to 55mph.
just a heads up, once you hit orlando city limits to what ever your exit is for wdw, make sure you dont exceed the speed limit not even by one mile. fl. state police have a zero tol. pol. in that area. source? insider info.
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what's the speed limit? Is it not 65 the whole way down? I guess I'm just assuming it's 65mph since that is what our max is in PA.
If you are referring to I-295 around Richmond it is 65 for part, but most is 70. Going through Richmond I-95 has a limit of 65 for a time, partly 55 and 60 for most of the highway.
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speed limit? theres a speed limit????

most of it is 65mph. there are spots you will see 70mph. get into some city areas and it will drop down to 55mph.
just a heads up, once you hit orlando city limits to what ever your exit is for wdw, make sure you dont exceed the speed limit not even by one mile. fl. state police have a zero tol. pol. in that area. source? insider info.
Another reason to consider paying the toll on FL 417, speed limit is 70 most of the way and you can do the speed limit. I-4 through Orlando is 55 most of the way (if my memory is correct).
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Another reason to consider paying the toll on FL 417, speed limit is 70 most of the way and you can do the speed limit. I-4 through Orlando is 55 most of the way (if my memory is correct).
i never looked. i get in the left lane and follow the guy in front of me. if hes going 55, im going 55. if hes doing 90, im doing 90.
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Another reason to consider paying the toll on FL 417, speed limit is 70 most of the way and you can do the speed limit. I-4 through Orlando is 55 most of the way (if my memory is correct).
Agree! And less lanes, less on and off and crossing lanes to find an exit!!

Tourists plus impatient locals on I-4 cause anxiety in our van. We love, love, love 417 and will never use I-4 ever again.
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i never looked. i get in the left lane and follow the guy in front of me. if hes going 55, im going 55. if hes doing 90, im doing 90.
That's what we call getting ourselves a runner Let him pass, get a little bit ahead of us and go the same speed!

We were on a newly paved rural highway heading towards the beach in North Carolina and I couldn't find a speed limit sign anywhere. Two jacked up pick-up with rebel flags and huge antennas went by. I followed right behind- they pulled into the right lane and slowed down, so did I, they pulled back out and went fast, so did I. We got there pretty quick with no ticket
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Well, I did it. I drove all the way down. And I liked it! Since dh has let me do 90% of the driving in the last year, I have discovered I like to drive. I am 57 and just now figuring this out, lol. We took the inland route. Left at noon Sunday, stopped at 10 in Orangeburg, SC and back on the road at 7. Pulled into POFQ at 2. So, 17 hours. Mr. Garmin said that if I drove straight through, I would be at POFQ at 2:21 a.m., but by the time we stopped at 10, the arrival time had changed to 3:56 a.m. I want to know what the engineers were smoking when the designed I4 through Orlando.
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