To get to the Saugerties Garlic Festival by 10:30 am, I really need to leave before 7:00 am. Not that being 10 minutes late mattered at all.
I took the Thruway there, and I took Route 20 back. The latter took about 20 minutes longer (though part of that may have been longer times at stops — or not) but was shorter distance, $8 and change cheaper in tolls, and the road food wasn’t service area selections and prices.
(The festival was good. Dancing has been better — some dances went well, some were plagued by silly mistakes. Pretty good though.)