On Tour with J&B, Week 7, 2017
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Hillsboro, DE — From Virginia Beach we took the 23 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to the Virginia Peninsula. This consisted of several sections of bridge and two tunnels under the water. Quite an engineering feat — completed in 1964. The bottom of the peninsula is Virginia, then we drove through Maryland, and ended up in Delaware. I suggested we slow down a bit . . . but we have places to go. Just yesterday we were complaining about the 94 degree weather . . . at our destination in Delaware it was 64 and windy. Well one day, three states and 30 degree change in temperature — at least we didn’t change time zones!
Mystic, CT — Well, if yesterday seemed like a busy day . . . we topped it on Sunday. We had planned on taking the 1:45pm ferry from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. That allowed for a leisure morning, took into consideration the half hour drive to the ferry dock and the hour in advance we needed to be there. Woke up early, went online and changed the reservation to the 10:15am ferry. Great, ahead of schedule already! We arrived at the ferry staging area a little before the planned time and they asked if we wanted to go on the 8:45 ferry — yes! They measured us at 60 feet long with our tow, and yes, there was just enough room for us. That was a hoot. No problems loading, and off we went for the 85 minute trip. It was a beautiful day and it was quite smooth.
OK, Delaware to New Jersey, then drove 280 miles, through New York (west of the City), to Connecticut — four states in one day — I think this is a record for us (and one that I hope doesn’t get broken any time soon.) It was also an expensive travel day: $102 for the ferry and seven tolls totaling $45.75. Some other events of the day: solved a flapping sound (was our gas cap door), saw a sign that the bridges ahead were only 13’ on the sides (we’re 12’11”), saw another sign as we were transiting from one highway to another that said “Passenger Cars Only” (now what do we do? . . . we kept going), and crossed the Hudson River on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Oh, and one other concern. We weren’t seeing any other RVs or trucks on the highway. We saw a sign, I think it said no trucks over 13 gross tons. Geez, how much do we weigh? Googled our specs, looks like we are 45,660 GVWR. Oh dear, 20.25 tons! We didn’t topple any bridges, but it makes us wonder how we were supposed to navigate our way through. Any comments from our RV customers about this would be appreciated!