Advice on a Southern Getaway
Here's a question from a reader concerning our discussion of long distance driving. She's asking about how to get past Richmond. I've always gone straight through the city on I-95, rather than use I-295 to get around Richmond and Petersburg. The traffic congestion on the direct route never seemed bad enough to merit the diversion. Am I wrong about that?
And I haven't driven through Georgia and Florida in 30 years, not since a friend and I decided it would be a swell idea to drive straight from New York to Fort Lauderdale without stopping. You don't have to tell me that was a bad idea. I knew that after the first 18 hours. But can anyone help our letter-writer with the southern part of this long trip?
Here's the letter:
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Every time you have a discussion on alternative routes north, I hope for the same going south to Florida. Is it faster to drive through Richmond (non-rush) than use the bypass? How does one bypass the major slowdowns often encountered through northern Florida and into Georgia?
Thank you for any insight you might have,
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