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Old 04-05-2016, 08:21 PM   #29
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I wish we could find a place to park and sleep, that would be much quicker and easier. Appears the Cracker Barrels have small parking areas, I checked with the Google map.
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There is a toll on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel of about $23 if you are towing, which varies depending on how many axles you have and is higher if you don't use EZ-Pass.
Driving this tunnel in a car is "interesting!" In a MH I would rather drive DC traffic during rush hour!!! Just saying!
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Driving this tunnel in a car is "interesting!" In a MH I would rather drive DC traffic during rush hour!!! Just saying!
I did it in a 40 foot Beaver, towing, and thought it was totally unremarkable. I'm no daredevil. I wonder why we both have such different viewpoints.
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I did it in a 40 foot Beaver, towing, and thought it was totally unremarkable. I'm no daredevil. I wonder why we both have such different viewpoints.
Probably because I'm a wimp! I hate seeing those lanes close in on me. And as a 34 year LEO I've seen some crazy drivers and accidents. I like lots of space.
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As a former resident of that area, tunnel traffic (pick a tunnel in the area as there are a bunch of them) is always a mess because visitors are scared to drive in the tunnels. That is why there are signs telling people to keep their speed up. An enormous amount of traffic is also to blame.
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As I recall, I did it mid day, which is probably a good idea.
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As I recall, I did it mid day, which is probably a good idea.
I've driven that tunnel 100 times when I was stationed in Norfolk. Not bad in a car but the extra width and big trucks/busses makes it interesting.
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Lots of good advice here. Almost overwhelming. Because of your particular location, I'd say go with the 81-south crowd for the southbound leg, and then, just to make it more interesting, take the CBBT/US-13 route north. The CBBT is really a marvel that everyone should do at least once, a million cars and trucks go over it every month and accidents are rare. Yeah, the bridge parts are not a lot of fun in high winds (I did it once in a snow blizzard that was 17.1 miles of white knuckles, before the 2nd two lanes of traffic were added, and ALL the traffic was on a two-lane road) and the tunnels are only a mile long each. No big deal.

US-13 north through the Delmarva is quaint, flat, extremely low pressure, and perfectly sane. Just follow US-113 around Salisbury, back up to Dover. Once you hit I-95 up around New Castle, DE, take it south to I-695 and get back to I-81 going north.

I wouldn't mess with I-95 north towards Philly or the NE extension of the PA turnpike, unless it's a really nice day, it's not rush hours, and you don't feel like seeing Towson again.
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Possibly using TA for quick overnights.

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Lots of good advice here. Almost overwhelming. Because of your particular location, I'd say go with the 81-south crowd for the southbound leg, and then, just to make it more interesting, take the CBBT/US-13 route north. The CBBT is really a marvel that everyone should do at least once, a million cars and trucks go over it every month and accidents are rare. Yeah, the bridge parts are not a lot of fun in high winds (I did it once in a snow blizzard that was 17.1 miles of white knuckles, before the 2nd two lanes of traffic were added, and ALL the traffic was on a two-lane road) and the tunnels are only a mile long each. No big deal.

US-13 north through the Delmarva is quaint, flat, extremely low pressure, and perfectly sane. Just follow US-113 around Salisbury, back up to Dover. Once you hit I-95 up around New Castle, DE, take it south to I-695 and get back to I-81 going north.

I wouldn't mess with I-95 north towards Philly or the NE extension of the PA turnpike, unless it's a really nice day, it's not rush hours, and you don't feel like seeing Towson again.
This is pretty much the plan so far, thanks for chiming in The tunnel won't bother me, I have a CDL so have squeezed our large utility trucks over, under and around some pretty tight places.

One other thing I came across is a dandy free app for overnight truck stops, thinking that will fill the bill nicely for us when enroute. There are a couple of the TA branded close to where we will be late Sunday.
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