In case you were curious, I did end up needing an alternate route from New York City to Richmond on Friday, since I heard on XM that there were massive backups on I-95 south into Virginia. I stopped at the Maryland House rest area (where I got a cup of coffee and some Cinnabon Bites) and asked the lady at the info desk if she had any suggestions. She routed me down I-97 to US 301, a mostly four-lane highway that's 55mph for long stretches but also has stretches with traffic lights going through towns, very similar to Route 13 in Ithaca, US 1 in many areas, or Route 441 in Pigeon Forge. There were also a few spots of heavy traffic there, but nothing that slowed me down for too long. I'm sure I did better there than on the parking lot of the Beltway and I-95 I was hearing about.
Lunch was at the overpriced Popeye's on the New Jersey Turnpike at the Thomas A. Edison rest area. Cheapest gas I saw all weekend, and most overpriced food. Ah well!
Dinner with excaliburca and jynx512 after they arrived was excellent! We went across the street to Byram's on the strong recommendation of the lady at the front desk. (Whoops! We forgot to ask for the 10% discount for showing our hotel room key!) Very good seafood, and of course when I saw the saganaki on the menu, I had to order it! (What could be better than flaming cheese?!)