SEARCH BLOG: TRAVEL
Yesterday, I commented on traffic signal progression problems we encountered in a couple of locations during our recent trip. As promised, here are a few other observations from the trip.
- If at all possible, stay off I-76 in western Pennsylvania. This is a disgrace, especially since it is a toll road and should be in far better condition. There are sections that are unsafe at the posted speeds... far too narrow, winding, and poorly surfaced for an interstate... and large trucks act as if turning on their signals two seconds prior to shifting lanes immediately in front of you gives them the right-of-way. We will definitely look for an alternative route the next trip out east.
- Any freeway around Washington, D.C. The roads are in very good condition, but the merging and diverging of highways seems to be a problem for drivers and traffic will stop for no apparent reason... even on a weekend.
- I-95. Roads get progressively worse as you head south away from the Federal government. Hmmm. But no real problems until you get to Georgia and northern Florida.
- Jacksonville. Go around it. There was a 17-mile backup on I-95 due to construction... and no real time traffic signs.
- Georgia - I-75. Be prepared to shift lanes, swerve, and stop... although Georgians drive faster than anyone in the East... and little foreign cars tailgate trucks as if the drivers were trying to commit suicide.
- I-59/I-24 from Chattanooga. A pleasant and scenic drive. Gets hilly, but have your passenger be ready with a camera.
- Kentucky interstates. No problems. We expected problems around Louisville on a Monday morning and traffic moved smoothly.
- Ohio I-75. Cincinnati drivers will speed even in the presence of a police car. Drive a large pickup truck for your own protection. Dayton is a mess. Southbound traffic was stopped for miles and the radio station reported that no cause had been reported. North of Dayton... as boring a stretch of road as you'll find in the east.
- Michigan. Fast, but watch for potholes.
- Expensive in Michigan [20-25 cents more than Ohio]
- Expensive in Virginia
- Cheap in Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia [relatively].
- Expensive in Florida [20-25 cents more than Georgia]
- Worst: truckers in western Pennsylvania and Georgia... any lane at high speeds... tailgating and cutting off
- Worst mix: Covington and Cincinnati... biggest speed differential between fastest and slowest
- Most law abiding: Tennessee... and the highway patrol made sure of it
- Slowest: those with white hair in Florida and old pickups in Tennessee
- Expensive on the east coast
- Cheap in Georgia and Tennessee
- Not much difference in quality among them
- Depends on where you go... can't generalize
- Worst food we experienced was a buffet in Georgia... inedible.
- Best food was in small Italian restaurant in Virgina and a great sushi place in downtown Orlando. Carlos Arroyo [Orlando Magic/Detroit Pistons] was at the sushi restaurant... apparently if it was good enough for us, it was good enough for Carlos.