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Old 02-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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NJ to FL

OK, sorry
I know i've asked this before. But that was before I actually drove 95 to FL from NJ.
To avoid DC and Balt., I was thinking about going through the Ches. BB tunnel and following 301 until I get past all the madness to the "better" parts of 95. Any thoughts on this? BTW, we are allowed to go through the Ches. BB with propane (up to 100 lbs)
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:58 AM   #2
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i have taken this route before,but there are lots of starts and stops.this route brings you out in carmel church va about 50 miles north of richmond on i95.i prefer to try to time the beltway mess around wash dc and try to go thru on off hours.this doesnt always work because of accidents and construction.also having to take 695 around the ft mchenry tunnel is a royal pita.comming back from fla on occassion i have thrown caution to the wind and blew right thru the ft mchenry.of course this was about 4am in the morning using the easy pass lanes.nothing easy on this trek, at all.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:39 AM   #3
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Any interest in going scenic?

I'm not a fan of I-95 and prefer to travel the back roads whenever practical so, if you are not pressed for time, go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and then pick up Route 17. You can follow it all the way to Savannah GA where you can then jump on I-95 into Florida.

Along the way you'll get to go through Gread Dismal Swamp, stop in Wilmington NC and tour the battleship North Carolina, visit Charleston SC, and you'll arrive less stressed out.

Just a suggestion.

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Old 02-02-2010, 08:51 AM   #4
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I was going to suggest the scenic I 81

Then I remembered. I used to hate 95, and avoid it like the plaque.
Then I started towing my trailer. Now I almost enjoy I 95 for it's flatness.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:03 AM   #5
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Actually this does bring up an important question. I have always travelled up and down 95. But there is a tunnel in VA, and that could be an issue with the propane. I'm going to need to know what to do, too!!
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:14 AM   #6
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Actually this does bring up an important question. I have always travelled up and down 95. But there is a tunnel in VA, and that could be an issue with the propane. I'm going to need to know what to do, too!!
It's not an issue. we've been thru that tunnel many times towing with no issue. Remember the toll is based on how many axles you have.
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You should be OK in the tunnel - I've never driven through that particular tunnel, but haven't had any issues in other tunnels. I've made sure to turn off my propane before entering, however. We travel with our propane on (I know, I know - there are lots who don't like that) so the fridge keeps cool during the 2 day drive down to Florida.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:17 PM   #8
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The route through the CBB tunnel is quite a ways out of the way. It is a nice drive if time is not a consideration.

I use the following route to avoid WDC and Baltimore.

295 south to the Delaware bridge. 95 south the 896 south in Del, this is about 3 miles south of the Del rest area now under construction. 896 south becomes 301. 301/50 through Annapolis. 19 miles from the bridge you pick up 301 south again. 301 to Bowling Green bypass and watch for 301 south. 301 south to 295 and then 295 to 95.

This completely bypasses WDC and Baltimore and is good road with the exception of the 22 lights in Waldorf Md.
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BTW, we are allowed to go through the Ches. BB with propane (up to 100 lbs)
But you're not allowed to have it on.

You say you're going to Florida but you don't say where you are going. There are options other than I-95, depending on your destination.

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