Avoiding Hartford is a good thing. My wife and I have made several trips between Florida and Maine and this last time we decided that from now on we'd go the Mass Pike route. We had done it before and avoiding Hartford's traffic (stop-and-go during rush hour) and its many lane changes is worth the extra miles and drive time to avoid it. Why add this kind of stress to what should be a pleasurable trip? We're retirees so we have time and care more about the scenery than white-knuckling in heavy traffic.
By the way, the roads in eastern PA (81 & 84) are terrible! Make sure your shocks are in good condition.