Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

NYC to Richmond

Cinnabon BitesIn 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!

SaganakiDinner with excaliburca and jynx512 after they arrived was excellent! We went across the street to [info]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?!)

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