R. J. Nello

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ-born, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§-based, novelist.πŸ“– Writing, travel, culture and more. Always holding "auditions" – so be careful or you may end up a character in β€œ1797”…and perhaps an evil one.🎭 (And why do I suspect some of you might like that latter in particular?)πŸ˜‚

Navigating Around The Nation’s Capital

March 29, 2015
R. J. Nello

Hi from Florence, South Carolina this Palm Sunday. πŸ™‚

We had twelve hours on the road yesterday.

We had expected 10. The biggest trouble we encountered below Pennsylvania driving south on I-95 was outside of Washington, D.C. That’s been the case before, but this was the worst experience.

Free Stock Photo: Resplendent cherry trees from Japan ring the Tidal Basin at Washington, D.C.

Free Stock Photo: Resplendent cherry trees from Japan ring the Tidal Basin at Washington, D.C.

Too many cars, and not enough road space – even on a Saturday. ThereΒ was a terrible accident on I-270 just above Washington, which tied up the road an hour. Fortunately, it seemed no one was injured.

Then, there was also mobile pothole-filling on I-270 towards Washington. Two lanes down to 1 meant a long delay.

Then there was similar filling on the merge itself from the “Beltway” (I-495) onto I-95 southbound towards Richmond. Do you know what happens when you force six lanes of traffic into two? Let’s just say, that’s called “Our government in action.” πŸ˜‰

Finally clear of that, due apparently to sheer volume traffic crawled all the way to Fredericksburg, Virginia.

I wondered, “What would Ulysses S. Grant have thought of this?”

The area’s changed quite a bit since 1864 of course.

Today, thankfully, no Washington, D.C. area roads. On to Florida. πŸ™‚

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