We are navigating the George Washington Bridge in NY as we continue our travels to New Jersey on our road trip adventure across the USA.
Today is an exciting day for us! (as if every day since we departed hasn’t been exciting.) Not only is today another travel day leading us to another state destination, but today is also the day for us to have our first overnight guests.
For the past four nights, we have dwelled in Aces High RV Park in East Lyme, Connecticut.
For the past two days, we have spent our time exploring and enjoying Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.
Today we are departing East Lyme, Connecticut to head to our next state destination – New Jersey.
Today is an exciting day for us because our route traverses through New York City.
Last night with the Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas spread across the table, Gary and I mapped out a course from CT to NJ. Then we consulted Google maps to confirm the chosen route. Once we hit the road, Garmin girl should aid us each step of the way.
When Gary discovered that he would be driving our dually and towing our big rig over the George Washington Bridge, which is the bridge his father warned him about, he continued his investigation for a different route. My Knight worked into the late hours of the night.
Apparently, the George Washington Bridge has two levels. Since the lower level doesn’t have enough clearance for our big rig, we’ll be taking the high road.
Grandpa, Gary will be calling you later this morning before we hit the road.
Not only is Gary concerned about height clearance, but he is also troubled by the toll roads. He has identified two tolls and is uncertain about one. From his research, it doesn’t appear you have to pay the toll if you are traveling westbound, which is the direction we will be traveling. However, if Gary hasn’t read the fine print well, we might have to pay $65 for one toll.
“Why $65?”, I asked. My Knight informed me that toll charges are based on the number of axles. Since our dually and big rig have a combined number of 5 axles, we get to pay big dollars at toll booths.
I haven’t found the courage to ask my Knight if he or our budget is up for the travel adventure planned for today.
Today is also an exciting day for us once we safely arrive in New Jersey, because Gary’s brother – Greg, our sister-in-law – Tammy, our two nieces, and our two nephews are meeting us at the campground. Our nieces and nephews are out of school for fall break. So, they decided to spend their break with us.
I found RV camping and rental cabins at Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro, New Jersey. However, the one-room rental cabin is only available for two nights and Greg, Tammy, and the kids were planning to stay three nights with us. We have decided not to shorten their stay despite the fact that the cabin is not available the last night. Instead, we have decided to pile into the big rig on the third night.
Our plan is to spend two days seeing the sites in Philadelphia (Clarksboro, NJ, is only 12 miles from Philadelphia. I couldn’t find a campground in Philly which could accommodate our big rig.) Despite the rain and cooler temperatures that have been predicted, we plan to have a great time just being together. I can only imagine the adventures that await for the ten of us.
Thinking of cooler temperatures. If we had planned on staying in Connecticut one more day, we might have experienced a different adventure – snow. Yes, snow. Snow is predicted in Connecticut tomorrow. Gary and I are thrilled we are leaving Connecticut today!
We are praying for an uneventful travel day through New York City, across the George Washington Bridge, and by way of several toll booths. I will do my best to let you know that we have safely arrived in New Jersey.
Love to All!