Pat-z,by you web site,it looks like your from Ft. Washington Pa.I'm down by Philly airport.I hate that long ride around Baltimore too!
Bring up google maps and check this way.A friend who drives for UPS goes this way from Philly to somewhere between Wasington and Richmond every night to beat the traffic.
Go down 95 to the last exit north of the toll booths in Delaware,Rt. 896,Middletown,Newark and take that south.Stay on that untill in Middletown it will turn into Rt 301 south.From the C&D canal down to just past Middletown it is one lane(one lane each way),then opens up to two lanes each way.From Middletown 'till Annapolis is like the highway that time forgot.I've been this way and for dozens of times.Son lives in Middletown,and I've had boats down at Kent Island and Baltimore Inner Harbour.(Outlets Mall in Queensland,for DW), I've never seen 10 cars or trucks per hour on this road,nobody seems to use it.No red lights between Middletown and Annapolis either!
I've been across the bridge there,over to the western shore,only toll. The road there is actually route 50/301.I have always gone north from this point,but on my next trip south,I'm gonna go over to 95 or Maryland 295 and head south.I see where rt 301 heads south to just north of Richmond,but I have never been this way.Maybe somebody with locol knowledge can fill us in.
It's strange,no problems with the Pa turnpike tunnels or the Chesapeake Bay tunnel bridges with the propane.Baltimore must have had a bad experience with propane.
PS Great crabs and sea food at Harris' seafood on Kent Island