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Old 08-23-2016, 03:41 PM   #15
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If you have the time and want the adventure of the ferry do it on the way home. Camp near Cape May, Colonial used to give 2 free nights a Jersey Shore Heaven, and go into town for the evening after you pick up the trailer. The Painted Ladies are worth a drive through town and there are some great restaurants.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:17 PM   #16
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Are you saying he can leave Richmond at 7:30 AM, take the ferry, and arrive at Colonial by 4 PM on the same day, as the original post states? He stated recently he cannot leave on Sunday.
Yes; you can. You need to time it right with a pre-purchased reservation, but the eight and a half hour window, you can make the ferry. For myself, I'd probably forgo the ferry and just take I-95 all the way up. I never really get people's issues with driving the DC or Baltimore beltways -- afterall, if driving in a straight line, if my mirrors clear, the airstream will clear; and I'm always in the right lane at speed limit or less anyhow.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:30 PM   #17
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And guaranty arrival by 4 PM via the ferry? That would be a miracle IMO, given the Monday morning traffic uncertainties around DC especially. Is it is physically possible to do this, if every link in the chain remains unbroken? Yes.

But advisable . . . towing a trailer? I could not in good conscience commend taking the ferry in this case.

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Old 08-24-2016, 04:41 PM   #18
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And guaranty arrival by 4 PM via the ferry? That would be a miracle IMO, given the Monday morning traffic uncertainties around DC especially. Is it is physically possible to do this, if every link in the chain remains unbroken? Yes.

But advisable . . . towing a trailer? I could not in good conscience commend taking the ferry in this case.

Just curious, and slightly tangenting as I haven't suggested the OP use the ferry -- What's your concern with taking a trailer on the Cape May ferry? I've done it multiple of times with no issue yet - always found their staff to be professional, ready for tow vehicles and able to assist when needed.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:31 PM   #19
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Now I am really confused, as you seemed to suggest taking the ferry, which I have done with our 25' decades ago. It is a great mode of travel when the timing works out. I ws questioning only the timing of using the ferry for this particular one-day journey.

Over and out on this issue, no need to clutter this thread up any further IMO.


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Thanks to all. I believe we will leave Chesterfield VA around 7 am and take the 301 route across the Key bridge on up to Del Memorial. Hopefully we can make Lakewood by 4 to 5.
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Thanks to all. I believe we will leave Chesterfield VA around 7 am and take the 301 route across the Key bridge on up to Del Memorial. Hopefully we can make Lakewood by 4 to 5.
let us know how it goes!
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There are good reasons for choosing Rt. 301 through Delaware to Wilmington instead of staying on I-95 all the way to Wilmington then taking I-295 through New Jersey to I-195 East toward Lakewood. Truckers pulling 80,000 lbs with manual 9-speed transmissions like the flat terrain of Delaware’s 301 which demands less shifting versus the rolling hills on I-95 through Maryland. Speed traps along Rt 301 are slightly worrisome especially through the towns which reduce speeds from 55mph to 25 mph. And Doc Foster has a point about the I-95 bypasses around Baltimore which could lead you into propane restricted tunnels.
Add this following tip to your travel notes: As soon as you’re near the Wilmington area and you can get a clear signal from 1060 AM on your radio stay tuned because they provide “Traffic on the Two’s” meaning every ten minutes at :02, :12: :22 minutes and so on past the hour you’ll get a traffic update for the eight county Philadelphia area. If I-295 North in NJ has trouble consider taking Rt 70 East to Rt 9 North. It’s only a five minute difference to Colonial from the 34A exit off I-295 at Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill NJ as it would be taking I-295 all the way up to Rt. I-195 East.
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Speaking of speed traps on 301 - be VERY careful the full length of 301 from I-95 to the Maryland border in Virginia -- at one point around Port Royal, there's actually a warning sign saying something akin to "speed limit means limit" - and they aggressively target, even at 2-3mph over the limit.
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