Driving up I-95 from Florida to New York & Massachusetts

Having lived in Korea for a while, it’s been a long time since I’ve driven more than 4 or 5 hours. In the last day or so I guess we drove about 18. It was tough.

Part of that is probably because I’m out of practice. Part of it is probably because I’m 12 years older than I was last time I made a long-haul drive. And part of it was probably bad planning.

We left home around midnight and had no traffic driving through Flordia in the middle of the night. Even construction in Jacksonville on 95 couldn’t do much to slow us down.

But we began to flag as the sun came up and by 8 or 9 in the morning we stopped at a rest area to nap in the car for a couple of hours. We then drove until about 5:00 PM. We were tired but I could have kept going. The only problem was comfort – our backs and necks hurt. We got a hotel room and figured we’d sleep from 7:00 pm to 4:00 am. Then we’d finish off Virginia and get through DC before morning rush hour.

We ended up leaving at 2 am (my wife couldn’t sleep so she woke me up to let me know and then told me to go back to bed while she ate and watched TV – even when she finally went back to bed I couldn’t go back to sleep.) Even going through Washington DC at 5:30 we saw that 95 was getting crowded. Leaving at 2:00 wasn’t so bad. The problem was with three hours of sleep, we were still tired.

So after DC and Baltimore we took a nap at a rest area in Maryland, about 6-9. Then we drove the rest of the way to my friend’s house in Queens (a silly way since my cheapo Garmin navigation things shortest driving time includes going through the Lincoln Tunnel and driving through the hear of Manhattan on 42nd street to the Queens Midtown Tunnel and then onto 495 – at least the dogs got to see Times Square).

In conclusion, I am wiped out. I think my days of driving all night and then all day are done. But the real conclusion is that we’re with friends now and we’ll be with family tomorrow.

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