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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
Wife and I drove to Maine today...
This week Mrs Brownie and I were to vacation in the Outer Banks, but do to Hurricane Dorian, that plan fell through. Fortunately for us, we purchased trip insurance when we rented the house. On Monday, we decided to make a run to Maine, and drove to our Snow Shoe area camp that evening and would jump on I-80 Tuesday morning for the 580 mile drive. ( We were driving to Brunswick, just north of Portland ). Now I have hunted bear 5 times in northern Maine, drove up for a couple of Maine weddings, and also passed through on a drive to Newfoundland, so this wasnít my first safari.
All was well on the Pa leg of the trip....across 80, up 81 onto 84. The trouble started in NY on 84. Lots of construction, lost nearly a hour there. Then the fun starts when you hit the Connecticut border. Three, sometimes four lanes of traffic moving bumper to bumper at 75 mph. Numerous drivers zig zagging across traffic as though they were in a NASCAR race. This was midday, not even rush hour. ( in the past, Iíve sat 2 hours in the Danbury- Hartford area in the late afternoon) . On the southbound side of I-84, I saw traffic was backed up at a dead stop for about 6 miles for construction. The I-495 leg through Mass. was probably the worst mess Iíve ever drove in ( and Iíve driven the Freeways from San Diego to LA in Ca. before). I got in the middle lanes, held the throttle down to 80 mph and fought to keep up. Things lightened up when I finally hit I-95 in Maine.
The last time I made this trip was in 2014. I told the wife the roads got rougher ( NY has the worst interstates Iíve ever drove on ), drivers got crazier, and traffic is much thicker than I ever remember. Iíll wait and sneak back midday Saturday when traffic should be lighter. I may even slide west on I-90 and down I-79 and try to avoid the circus altogether.