I-95 and the New Jersey Turpike
Trip Start Nov 22, 2012
18Trip End Dec 12, 2012
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To think some of my readers thought I had gone out too hard too soon on day two.
Today was always going to be big day of travel, a 500km drive from Poughkeepsie to Alexandria along the Interstate Highway 95, the I-95. The drive went through five states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland as well as Washington DC before reaching Alexandria in Virginia.
I will admit to being a bit apprehensive about this drive before I lef,t as it is a long way to drive at speed on the wrong side of the road, especially in bad weather
After the first 14 miles the whole journey was on a succession of freeways and the New Jersey Turnpike until the last two miles in Alexandria. I drove past NYC, Jersey City, Newark, the turnoff to Perth Amboy, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington.
As I have noticed before the speed limit appears to be a mere suggestion, at either 55 mph or 65 mph if you are not doing at least 5 mph or more in the slow lane you are tailgated. Most Perth drivers would fit right in on this freeway as indicating is non-existent.
I did not see any speed cameras and the only police cars I saw were three together who had pulled over one single car (he must have been flying).
In New Jersey, parts of the I-95 are like Great Eastern Hwy in Perth. Three lanes of traffic either way, the roadside fronted by motels, shops, offices and car-yards with business traffic coming in and out (somehow), except there were no traffic lights and everyone was going at 100 kmh
The New Jersey Turnpike is something else. The road is so big and carries so much traffic that it is run by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority that resides in an office tower beside it. There are separate three lanes freeways for cars and cars and truck, ie 6 lanes in one way, in one section this went up to nine lanes each way. The scenery is not pretty but then there is not much time to look.
After the Turnpike, the traffic stayed heavy all the way to Alexandria, there were a number of dickhead drivers along the way, most coincidently were driving Mercs and Beemers, which supports my theory that these are the motor vehicles of choice of dickheads the world over.
Just to ensure that I don't offend anyone, let me clarify that I don’t believe you are a dickhead if you drive a Merc or BMW, but most dickheads invariably drive Mercs and Beemers (in my very humble opinion).
By the way for lunch at the service court I had a Roy Rogers burger. With trigger sauce. I kid you not.
Along the way I listened to (twice) The Figgs’ Anthology CD that I purchased the night before. The Figgs being the support act. The CD was excellent. Think Hoodoo Gurus, Lime Spiders.
Anyway I got to Alexadria, in time, avoiding any peak hour traffic and without missing a single interchange, though I came close twice.
I checked into my very nice motel and promptly went to sleep. I was knackered.
Later in the evening I walked around Old Town Alexandria admiring the old buildings and Christmas lights. Alexandria to Washington is a bit like Fremantle is to Perth, but much nicer, lots of restaurants, boutiques, antique shops etc etc.
And that was the day. Not a big day for lessons.