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froggie:
There is a difference.  A Vermont creemee has a higher butterfat content than "normal" soft serve.  It's not unlike the difference between regular ice cream and "frozen custard" (though in that case, the difference is the absence or presence of egg yolk).

Ketchup99:

--- Quote from: froggie on August 04, 2021, 01:38:41 PM ---Never been on the latter so I cannot make a good comparison.

The biggest hiccup with Cape Cod is getting across the canal, since you (currently) only have the two VERY antiquated bridges crossing the canal.

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This. If you're lucky the Bourne (which is usually your better bet) is free-flowing, but sometimes it jams way up. On the mainland side that doesn't cause a problem, because it backs up into six-lane freeway. On the Cape side, it backs up into a rotary, and all hell breaks loose.

As for MA-28, from the Bourne Bridge to Falmouth it's usually fine. From Falmouth to Hyannis and Hyannis to Chatham are hellish, to the point where it's often worth going over the top (MA-28 to US-6) to bypass it. Can't speak to Chatham-Orleans.

hobsini2:

--- Quote from: froggie on August 04, 2021, 10:56:16 AM ---Given the inability to cross the Canadian border before the 9th, I'm curious why you're going to Calais.

In Vermont, stop somewhere for a creemee.  Especially a maple creemee.  Just.  Do.  It.  Dairy Creme on US 2 west of Montpelier is an option (requires NOT getting on I-89 right away).

Prohibition Pig in Waterbury.  Also a micro-brewery.  Brewery side should be open for lunch when you pass thru.  Though I believe the US 2 reconstruction project through Waterbury has begun.

Any particular reason for taking the long way around the north side of Lake Champlain when there are two ferries that can cut the distance?


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Calais and US 2 north of Burlington was just to drive them. No real reason other than that. The Chocolate Creemee I had in Burlington at Sweet Hazel was tasty. Glad you recommended getting some.

hobsini2:

--- Quote from: Rothman on August 04, 2021, 01:51:08 PM ---
--- Quote from: D-Dey65 on August 04, 2021, 11:10:01 AM ---
--- Quote from: froggie on June 21, 2021, 10:20:37 AM ---If you're going to do Cape Cod, do it mid-week.  Don't even think of trying between Thursday and Monday.

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Which is worse for traffic? US 6 in Cape Cod, or NY 27 between Hampton Bays and Montauk Point? Because I've been in the latter on good days and bad days.

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Why US 6?  MA 28 is the doom road of neverending tourist jam.

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We took the Sagamore Bridge (US 6) to and from Cape Cod.  Traffic wasn't bad until a few miles south of the bridge. We got off at Mass 149 to get to Hyannis. Found a lovely place called the Dockside for lunch. The cod for the fish & chips was really good and flaky.

hobsini2:

--- Quote from: Ketchup99 on August 04, 2021, 09:51:52 PM ---
--- Quote from: froggie on August 04, 2021, 01:38:41 PM ---Never been on the latter so I cannot make a good comparison.

The biggest hiccup with Cape Cod is getting across the canal, since you (currently) only have the two VERY antiquated bridges crossing the canal.

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This. If you're lucky the Bourne (which is usually your better bet) is free-flowing, but sometimes it jams way up. On the mainland side that doesn't cause a problem, because it backs up into six-lane freeway. On the Cape side, it backs up into a rotary, and all hell breaks loose.

As for MA-28, from the Bourne Bridge to Falmouth it's usually fine. From Falmouth to Hyannis and Hyannis to Chatham are hellish, to the point where it's often worth going over the top (MA-28 to US-6) to bypass it. Can't speak to Chatham-Orleans.

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Actually the biggest traffic issue I found in Hyannis was getting back to US 6 from Mass 28 & Yarmouth Rd.  Took 3 cycles to make the left turn onto Mass 28.

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