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New York adventures: the road trip

August 7, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

I had originally planned for last week’s blog about Broadway to be the final blog about my vacation. Then I realized I had forgotten to mention one thing: the road trip to and from our destination.

So for the fourth installment, I will highlight a few of the points of interest of the actual traveling part of our vacation. For the most part it was more of the usual: crazy drivers, strategically planned rest stops, construction zones and toll roads.

Road trips have been a large part of my family’s vacations. I had never been on a plane until I was a sophomore in college. My dad was uneasy with the idea of flying so driving was our preferred transportation. Now that he’s been on a plane, it’s been used more frequently then the first 20 years of the my life. But I digress.

The ride to New York was mostly forgettable. Of course I had my nose in a book for most of the journey or was asleep the rest of the time. We decided to go through Cincinnati on our way out East. I mentioned in an earlier blog that I’d never seen the Reds or Mariners play. Well, Seattle was in town, and I got to check those two off the list. It was nice to see The Great American Ballpark. The trip included a ton of baseball and stopping in Cincinnati was a nice warm-up for New York.

Our second stop was in Edison, N.J. Whoever designed the street system in New Jersey deserves a medal and also needs to be slapped. I guess I’m spoiled with our the wide open spaces of the Midwest. The scenery may get a little bland but at least it’s easy to follow. In Edison, we eventually found a restaurant but it was anything but easy.

The trip back started out on a bad foot. We were at our final Yankee game, and we were going to hit the road that evening. The game had a hour and 13 minute rain delay and we’re not ones to leave ballgames early. (It’s a waste of money!) We actually didn’t start home until after midnight. At least the Yankees won, making staying for the end worth. Seeing Mariano Rivera get the save made it even sweeter. We found that Interstate 80 wasn’t as hectic in the wee hours of the morning. We found a place to stay somewhere in Pennsylvania. I was so tried I don’t really remember how far we got before we stopped.

The next day, the goal was to get past Chicago and miss rush hour. We were well on our way to accomplish this when we came to a halt just west of the city. To say we were in a traffic jam doesn’t begin to describe it. We were parked for more than an hour.

We found out later that there had been a motorcycle versus semi accident, and it took forever for the authorities to get there and reroute traffic. All the cars were ushered off at the nearest exit and were able to catch 80 a couple miles down the road. It was smooth sailing from there.

All things considered, it was a very good road trip. As convenient as flying is, road tripping to our destination will always have a special place in my heart.



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