Knoebels to Kennywood?

Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:11 PM
Hello everyone. For the weekend of PPP I might be heading to Kennywood the Friday before. I just wanted to know about how long it takes from Knoebels to Kennywood. I looked at mapquest but they have been horrible in the past for me. Thanks for the help in advance.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:33 PM
I would guess around 3, but I've never done it. I'm just posting in case you need a ballpark figure. I'm sure cernelli or GregLeg or any of the other Pittsburghers could give you a more accurate time.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:39 PM

Takes me 4 1/2 hours from philly to Kennywood. So I am guessing a lot longer to get to Knoebels. Good luck and have fun! Try checking out Hershey instead!
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Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:58 PM
Depending on which way you go, figure about 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Best route, in my hones opinion, I-80 west from Danville to I-99 south (US 220) to Altoona, then US 22 west to Pittsburgh. Reverse the route to return to Knoebels.
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Monday, September 22, 2003 6:12 AM
I usually do it in about 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Dave's route is the exact route I take. US220 can be a bit annoying at times -- at many places it's one lane in each direction, so if you get stuck behind a slow truck you can lose some time. It's still the shortest and fastest route. Another option is to stay in I-80 W until you hit I-79 S, but that's swinging the long way around Pittsburgh when you don't need to.

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*** This post was edited by GregLeg 9/22/2003 10:14:24 AM ***

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Monday, September 22, 2003 12:31 PM
I'll third that. 4 1/2 hours, including a short shouldn't-have-had-that-last-Cherry-Pepsi stop.

You can go down towards Hershey and hop across on the Turnpike, or go Dave's way... that would be my suggestion, too. It's more scenic, and it's pretty much all open road. The other plus is that you literally go right past Lakemont on 220, so you can stop in for a quick Leaping of the Dips.

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Monday, September 22, 2003 1:27 PM
4.5 hours from Philly? IIRC I made it from NYC to Knoebels in about 3 hours...is Philly really farther?

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Monday, September 22, 2003 2:01 PM
I think he was meaning from Philly to Kennywood. I live just outside of Northeast Philly, and I can do the trip to Knoebels in about 2:40.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 10:09 AM
yes, on the net I was looking it up now that I live near Pitt, but at close to 5 hrs, and me not knowing where I m going, I have to sit out PPP this year(now I don't get to go see mOOSH and the gang!), but oh well. It wouldn't be that bad, but I'm like an hour outside of Pitt, and will probably have tobe @ work the next day. But, yes, around 4 1/2 is what I keep getting from everyone, as well as the net.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 10:32 AM
See, I'm going to say I'd go I-80 to I-79. It will be longer in distance but it's all highway. If you drive like I do (quickly) - it's a safe bet over the smaller one lane roads and could easily end up shorter in time. I always take the longer, quicker route over the shorter, slower one.

I just moved from Allentown to Pittsburgh and went that way (except we cut down route 38 in western PA to stop by my parents house then cut through Butler to I-79) and the entire trip took less than 5 1/2 hours driving time. Knock off the hour to hour and half it takes to get from Allentown to Knoebel's and you have a 4 hour, maybe 4 1/2 hour drive. Knock off the time lost cutting through small town western PA and you should have a 4 hour drive if you keep moving at a solid pace (depends on your driving style, I guess)

And for the record, Mapquest has never let me down - I must be the lucky one. I find their directions accurate and their driving times very conservative. I've planned more coaster trips than I care to mention using only mapquest as a driving guide. (end of gratuitous plug :) )

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*** This post was edited by Lord Gonchar 9/23/2003 2:34:11 PM ***

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 11:09 AM
I've done it both ways, and find the 'country roads' route to be more enjoyable, and pretty much the same as far as travel time goes.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 12:42 PM
Yeah, mapquest is the best for the actual directions, but I have no idea where they come up with those travel times. I always deduct about 20% of the time they say it'll take, and find that to be pretty accurate.

Then again, I have a fast car. (Accidentally found myself going 105mph on my way to IOA. Oops.)

So Gonch, when are you coming out to the 'wood?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 3:53 PM
My experience with Mapquest exactly, kpjb.

Yes, I find my car likes to do 100+ at times when I'm not looking too. It seemed especially anxious to get to SFOG this year for some reason...it was there last season too, but didn't seem as anxious the first time around. S:UF isn't that good of a ride. Stupid car.

As soon as I have a definite date on KW, I'll let you know. Do I get some special tour? :)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 5:00 PM
Lord G...I assume you've ridden (at least) one of the other S:UFs....is it me, or is the pretzel on the original (at SFoG) a bit *slatier* than the others....I rode the one at GAdv, and thought the pretzel there was fun, but not as *intense* as the one in Georgia....was your experience similar?

Back to topic, sorta, Phoenix and Phantom's Revenge....Weekend after next....what can I say, I'm an...aero-phile....:)
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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 8:28 PM
Slatier?

Yes, I thought I felt the forces on SFOG's more than on SFGAdv's, however, I justified it as SFOG was my first run on S:UF. I knew what to expect by the time I got to SFGAdv's. I was figuring it didn't seem as intense because I had "been there, done that" so to speak.

Then again, I could be totally wrong. But I would agree that S:UF in Georgia had a stronger pretzel. Whether it truly is or it was just in my head is still unanswered :)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:32 AM
ach.....SALTY-ER....saltier....more zesty, with more power...;)
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:27 PM
id recomend a stop in altoona to ride leap the dips on your way to or back
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:03 PM
Special tours may be able to be arranged... although there's not a lot of exciting stuff to see, really. Then again, that's probably because I see it every day.

There is that Intamin/B&M hybrid track we have sitting around, but that's a secret.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 3:55 PM
You mean the one with the extra rail for the 4d system? Old news...

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 9:25 PM
Heh, that'd be cool, man. Like I said, I'll drop you a line as soon as we get a date in place. It's been turning out to be more difficult than we planned to find a place to live...sigh.

Can I bring my camera? :)

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