Getting ready for my annual visit to mom, for Christmas. Headed from MD to FL (St Augustine, northeast corner of the state). Normally I drive the Grand Cherokee, but I can take the truck (8' Dodge Ram) if anyone needs anything hauled along the I95 corridor...figured I'd post, "just in case".
Sure. And, I keep the cruise ON the speed limit. Make sure I fuel stop before GA so they don't get a nickel of my money. Nothing but a drive through.
I typically take 15 to 29 to 17, through warrenton, and it puts me on 95 at Fredericksburg. Keeps me out of D.C. at least, and Richmond there's usually a decent choice between "through" or "around"...and Waze always helps that coin toss!
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:27 pm:
Haven't done the I95 run since I picked up the cityx.
Cruise control on the posted? Wow, talk about sleep inducing. I95 used to be great in the middle of the night. Fly low and eat up the miles.
When i was a kid I remember watching a 70's vette practically glued to the ass of a tractor trailer blowing by us in the middle of the night. We weren't anywhere near the posted. That was back in the 55 days.
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:43 pm:
"I stay to the right and set my cruise with the flow of traffic.
It's changing of lanes at speed that draws the attention."
That's correct- unless you're on AhlKillya Highway. Whoops, Alcoa. Then, Pellissippi Parkway/Autobahn/Left Lane Parking/Phone Booth Highway. I invented the term "Rumble Strip Rider" watching the texting F&((Ktards on my commute to work.
Smart move and I'm good with the fact that not everyone subscribes . . . but, I have done the math, drive a lot and never have a bit of a problem entertaining myself while I drive.
I've bought 4 new cars in the last 12 months and one of them has 22,000+ miles. . . the others are over 10,000 . . so I spend a LOT of hours on the road.
Today's vehicles with the host of electronics . . . The S5 and the new Super Duty have pretty amazing trip computers and the Subaru Outback always makes you feel like your headed to an L. L. Bean party . . . to keep you occupied. I do lots of audio books and podcasts and almost seek out reasons to spend 14 hour stints behind the wheel.
I'm heading out . . .as of tomorrow . . . for a month of hiking and photographing in a location I've never spent much time so hopefully the next month will involve much less traffic.
Drive safe on your way down here and enjoy your holiday with your Mother !
Just to put it in perspective; I'm one of those people who is most comfortable driving around 10 MPH over the limit. As I traveled around the country on secondary roads, I paid little attention to the speeds I was going; I just rode at a comfortable pace. However, when I would look at the speedometer, I was usually going 10 over the posted limit. On the Interstate, I use the mantra, "At 9, you're fine, at 10, you're mine" since the interstates are more heavily patrolled. I thought this was a workable formula for traveling.
Last April, I got bit in Pennsylvania and got a ticket for 5 over. The most workable formula is to stay at the limit, unless your wallet is considerably more full than mine.
Yeah, adaptive cruise control (locks onto the car ahead and all I do is steer) and an 18-speaker Harmon-Kardon stereo make for some nice miles.
When I got popped a few years ago it was one of those late night gymkhana runs, I'd hooked up with a Maserati with FL tags and we were gettin' it. Both got nabbed. Flow of traffic is my rule in general now, especially as smooth and quiet and effortless as that Grand Cherokee (with air suspension) is. It really creeps up the speed scale if you don't rein it in.
And thank you, Court - I always enjoy seeing Mom. I finally - after much too much time, I took way too long to get this done - have Dad's flag in a display case with his medals and service ribbons; one of his epaulets, his dress white gloves, and his garrison cap. His birthday would be tomorrow; I'm going to present it to Mom for Christmas. Her only contribution to it needs to be a nice photo of him in his dress blues; I know she has at least one that will work. Right now I have his retired Navy ID in the photo frame.
I took too long getting it done, but I'm glad she'll have it with her in a couple weeks. I still miss him, which is why I enjoy spending time with her whenever I can.
BECAUSE I still can.
Merry Christmas, all...hold your loved ones tightly!