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Old 05-21-2015, 07:21 AM   #1
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Rt 40 across Indiana & Ohio??

Heading out in couple of weeks from Central IL to Philly Pa, wanting to avoid Interstates as much as possible, and wondered if anyone would have any advice about alternative routes? Rt 40 looks good, any opinions on using 40?
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I have used 40 several years ago. Not bad, as I recall, if you're in no hurry.
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Did I-40 last year from CA to NC. I would definitely recommend it. Since you're from Indiana, I don't need to tell you the deplorable state of the Indiana Toll Road (which should be avoided if you're towing). I love Indiana, but have never had a worse road experience than a thump, bump and crunch on the toll road. So much for contracting out the operation and maintenance of a major highway.....
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Route 40, not I 40 is an historic road, it was the first National Road. If you take it into PA you will run across some historic buildings, one I know was a "motel" during the period just after the revolution, very interesting. Its a good road, but slow travel. Very scenic as well.

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40 is scenic in Eastern OH and further east, not so much in Indiana and western Ohio, where it is pretty flat. An alternative is US 30, which folliows and overlays the old Lincoln Highway. It is 4 lane across most of Ohio. In PA it gets very scenic, but challenging with a trailer crossing the Appalachians'. From Chambersburg to Philly is a succession of traffic lights.
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Among the things we enjoy in our travels are history, local architecture, and interesting people. We seldom see them on the interstate ("drive coast-to-coast and never see anything" - Chas Kuralt) but roadways like US 40 make it possible.

We traveled on the indiana/Ohio section a few years ago, saved some tolls and experienced some life, glad we took that route.

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Also take a look at US Route 36. I drove that from Jackson Center back to Denver last year. Great trip. Great small town museums that I would never have visited like Pony Express Home Station #1 in Marysville, KS. If you are a history buff there is a lot to see and gentler flow of the travel day staying off of any roads that have an "I" with a number
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I seek out backroads when I travel. Few big trucks, less over all traffic, slower pace and sights few see as they are in such a big hurry to go nowhere.
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I agree with the others, U.S. 40 is a much better yet slower option. Whatever you do, stay off I-70 across Indiana, eastern Ohio, and western PA. This is a miserable stretch, and your AS will loosen rivets. I run over there a couple of times a year (to PIT and Morgantown)...but will not use I-70 again. Its truly a hazard along many stretches. Safe travels. jon
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I agree with the others, U.S. 40 is a much better yet slower option. Whatever you do, stay off I-70 across Indiana, eastern Ohio, and western PA. This is a miserable stretch, and your AS will loosen rivets. I run over there a couple of times a year (to PIT and Morgantown)...but will not use I-70 again. Its truly a hazard along many stretches. Safe travels. jon

U.S. 40 is a good road, with far less traffic than I 70. Around Terre Haute and Indianapolis, it is routed on the freeways. An older map will guide you through Terre Haute (Clabber Girl baking powder museum is an excellent little gem, and shows how the Hulman family got rich).

You are better off going around Indy on I 465, as the west side and east side neighborhoods are not the best, and the road is terrible.




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Also take a look at US Route 36. I drove that from Jackson Center back to Denver last year. Great trip. Great small town museums that I would never have visited like Pony Express Home Station #1 in Marysville, KS. If you are a history buff there is a lot to see and gentler flow of the travel day staying off of any roads that have an "I" with a number
Rt 36 actually passes thru Decatur, my home town, but haven't traveled on it for years. Is the road condition decent for pulling the Airstream without beating it to death? We have traveled on Rt 30 and Rt 24 thru Indiana and Ohio and both roads are really nice, and we do love the less traveled, slower pace and the scenery. Last year stopping in Auburn IN to visit the Auburn Cord Dussenburg museum, and really loved that. Let me know about Rt 36, we might travel that to Indy and catch Rt 40.
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Us 40 is slow, but a lot of small towns that you would miss if you took ISH.
In 2002 we took a trip from central IN to Alaska and back with a 74 31ft AS. Total mileage was 14,500 miles. Less than 300 miles on ISH. We saw a lot of things that we would have missed if we would have been on ISH. I would like to do it again!!!
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Rt 36 was great. There is one section that turns into a divided highway, forget exactly where, but other than that section is was primarily 2 lane, easy drive, lots of farmland interspersed with small town America. I don't remember any bad sections.
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Rt 36 was great. There is one section that turns into a divided highway, forget exactly where, but other than that section is was primarily 2 lane, easy drive, lots of farmland interspersed with small town America. I don't remember any bad sections.

In Indiana, that would be Avon, west of Indy. Then it arrows and goes through Danville.


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