In Traffic Hell!
I left my Mom’s in Holbrook, Long Island, NY at 9:39 am this morning, hursday, 12/27/13. Google Maps showed 5 hours 1 minute in current traffic to the Amtrak Station in Lorton, VA where I will board the Auto Train tomorrow. I hope. The close-in LIE was a bit crowded and traffic slowed at the LIE/BQE merge. Then not too bad after than over the Verazzano and the Goethal’s Bridges onto the New Jersey Turnpike South. I stopped for lunch at a rest area in building traffic. In the past hour I have gone exactly 2.3 miles. It is now 1:30 and I am online in the car and typing this blog post. Really!
I will get off at exit 8 and try to head south on local highways to hook up with 295 and then rejoin 95 south at some point.
Man, you gotta love it. Oh, I forgot to mention: I finally caught Denise Ippolito’s cold. My nose has been dripping like a sieve since yesterday.
Sympathetic comments welcome.
The worst of it was over at 2:39pm: 5 hours, only 112 miles. A whopping 22.4 mph. But I was actually having a good day. The accident: two tractor trailers, two passenger cars: 3 fatalities. Stopped at the Delaware Welcome Center at 4 o’clock with 189 miles under my belt. Probably about 125 miles to go to Lorton…. More later.
6:40pm Update: Safe in front of the Comfort Inn in Lorton, VA. Had some nasty traffic on the Baltimore–Washington Parkway. Total time: Exactly 9 hours, 1 minute. All in all 4 hours of traffic delays most due to the tragedy on the New Jersey Turnpike. Total miles: 512.