I’ve driven over 2000 miles in 2 weeks from my home base just north of Philadelphia. Some of the destinations: Rochester and Buffalo, NY; Harrisburg, PA; Fairfax, VA; York, PA; Hanover, PA.
- The New York State Thruway has the best rest areas in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast United States (with wonderfullly quaint historic markers that are themselves historic – dating from the early days of the Thruway in 1950’s).
- York, PA has some of the worst traffic for a small city.
- Hanover, PA is a snack food Mecca (Utz potato chips and Synders of Hanover snacks are based there – and the Synder’s factory store is awesome!).
- During rush hour in Northern Virginia it can take you 100 minutes to drive 20 miles.
- XM Satellite Radio, my trusty companion, keeps me sane on these long drives! (How about a fascinating symposium on the state of black america on a Saturday in central Pennsylvania? Or bouncing between retro alternative hits and ESPN Radio and C-SPAN Radio between Syracuse, NY and Allentown, PA?)
In two years on this job I’m over 71,000 miles. The good news is that I love what I do, and I enjoy driving . . . (But it is somewhat sad when you’ve come to recognize nightshift workers at the Maryland House rest area on I-95 . . . ).