Author Topic: Pennsylvania Turnpike  (Read 2249 times)

Offline Sam Finkelstein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 2573
  • Total likes: 185
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York, NY
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2021, 12:16:12 AM »
It can get really annoying when there are two lanes and the truck going 46 MPH is cutting off the truck that is going 45 MPH and the highway is clogged for 15 minutes while the truck inches its way around.

In normal times, are there lots of cars overnight?
Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. J. Paul Getty

Offline YitzyS

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2015
  • Posts: 2984
  • Total likes: 5145
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 21
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood, NJ
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2021, 12:16:56 AM »
In normal times, are there lots of cars overnight?
Not in my experience. It's usually zero traffic when driving in the overnight hours.

Offline Sam Finkelstein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 2573
  • Total likes: 185
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York, NY
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2021, 12:17:41 AM »
I've done both. If you are traveling with little kids that may need bathroom breaks, the turnpike is definitely better, and I usually take it despite the tolls. However, I would easily go with the 80 if I'm doing an overnight drive, when I'm not expecting to make too many stops.

Trip will be with a newborn, postpartum mother, and teenage helper. Hoping to do overnight, but will need to see. Expecting to need frequent stops.
Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. J. Paul Getty

Offline YitzyS

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2015
  • Posts: 2984
  • Total likes: 5145
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 21
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood, NJ
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2021, 12:20:55 AM »
Trip will be with a newborn, postpartum mother, and teenage helper. Hoping to do overnight, but will need to see. Expecting to need frequent stops.
Turnpike is also not great for those who need frequent stops, as there can be anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes between rest areas. I've had experiences when my kid will go "I need the bathroom emergency" right after passing a rest area and there is 60 miles to the next one.

But the actual experience of taking kids in and/or diapering them, or taking them to stretch their legs, I find better on the turnpike rest areas.

Offline Palm5

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 975
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2021, 12:50:26 AM »
If you do the turnpike, you'll have to make a stop in pit to tour the site of @Dan and @jj1000's chinuch

Wightman Street?

Offline whYME

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 3121
  • Total likes: 989
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2021, 01:42:33 AM »
In normal times, are there lots of cars overnight?
No.

I've done it dozens of times and I've never had an issue of too much traffic. (cars or trucks.)

Offline lcm

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2019
  • Posts: 643
  • Total likes: 196
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
    • View Profile
  • Location: 5th paragraph of https://www.dansdeals.com/sms/
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2021, 01:50:20 AM »

Offline Sam Finkelstein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 2573
  • Total likes: 185
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York, NY
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2021, 10:37:28 AM »
Thanks everyone for their input. So this is what I'm understanding:

PA Turnpike:
Nice rest areas, but they can be up to an hour apart and you can't just exit the highway
$40 toll

i80:
Easier to get off if need be, but only places worth stopping are truck stops

Both highways are pretty much the same, traffic- and speeding-wise. PA Turnpike has a bit more curves.
Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. J. Paul Getty

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 50K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 59380
  • Total likes: 6679
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 16442
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2021, 10:41:07 AM »
Thanks everyone for their input. So this is what I'm understanding:

PA Turnpike:
Nice rest areas, but they can be up to an hour apart and you can't just exit the highway
$40 toll

i80:
Easier to get off if need be, but only places worth stopping are truck stops

Both highways are pretty much the same, traffic- and speeding-wise. PA Turnpike has a bit more curves.
Sounds like save the $40 to me.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline YitzyS

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2015
  • Posts: 2984
  • Total likes: 5145
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 21
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood, NJ
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2021, 10:49:05 AM »
Thanks everyone for their input. So this is what I'm understanding:

PA Turnpike:
Nice rest areas, but they can be up to an hour apart and you can't just exit the highway
$40 toll

i80:
Easier to get off if need be, but only places worth stopping are truck stops

Both highways are pretty much the same, traffic- and speeding-wise. PA Turnpike has a bit more curves.
I don't know if the i80 is easier to get off. The exits can also be pretty far in between and then you have to look for a gas station or something with a bathroom.

Also, IIRC, the turnpike has a lot less 2-lane areas, thus being better in terms of
It can get really annoying when there are two lanes and the truck going 46 MPH is cutting off the truck that is going 45 MPH and the highway is clogged for 15 minutes while the truck inches its way around.

Offline bubkiz

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Dec 2010
  • Posts: 640
  • Total likes: 11
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2021, 11:21:17 AM »
BTW iExit App is phenomenal for these trips.

Online Kobe Bryant

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2017
  • Posts: 2550
  • Total likes: 1383
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 13
    • View Profile
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2021, 11:31:24 AM »
@Dan is trying to figure out why anyone would even make the drive.

Offline yitzgar

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2016
  • Posts: 2090
  • Total likes: 559
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2021, 12:33:14 PM »
I don't know if the i80 is easier to get off. The exits can also be pretty far in between and then you have to look for a gas station or something with a bathroom.

Also, IIRC, the turnpike has a lot less 2-lane areas, thus being better in terms of
There are occasional large breaks between exits with services, but ime not much different than the turnpike. What it comes down to is will there be a bathroom when your kids need it (which is right after you got back on after the last exit, and the answer is probably not;)
I don't think there are many more areas with 3 lanes on the turnpike, but I may be wrong.

Offline Sam Finkelstein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 2573
  • Total likes: 185
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York, NY
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2021, 12:34:38 PM »
@Dan is trying to figure out why anyone would even make the drive.

I actually have more than enough miles to do the trip, but there are other logistical concerns that make this the preferred way to travel.
Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. J. Paul Getty

Online Kobe Bryant

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2017
  • Posts: 2550
  • Total likes: 1383
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 13
    • View Profile
Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2021, 02:10:38 PM »
I actually have more than enough miles to do the trip, but there are other logistical concerns that make this the preferred way to travel.
Im not one to question...