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Old 08-19-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Florida
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It was the reverse: "Easy for you, deeficult for me!"

Sorry, this is off topic. I loved Senor Wences.
In this case, yes.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:42 PM
 
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So at this point leaning towards the auto train, the 3 hours to VA then the 3 hours from Sanford to Cape Coral are not a big deal.
Unless you're near the Delaware border, I'd plan on 4+ hours for the drive to Lorton. Lorton is all the way around DC and a bit south on I95. Getting past DC can be a slow slog no matter what time of day. You also have Baltimore to consider. Time of day matters as well as day of week, but the beltway around DC can be surprisingly congested no matter the time of day or day of week.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Unless you're near the Delaware border, I'd plan on 4+ hours for the drive to Lorton. Lorton is all the way around DC and a bit south on I95. Getting past DC can be a slow slog no matter what time of day. You also have Baltimore to consider. Time of day matters as well as day of week, but the beltway around DC can be surprisingly congested no matter the time of day or day of week.
As a former 30 year DC Metro resident who lived north of Lorton, estimating the time for the drive between NJ and Amtrak station is the hardest part of this trip. Personally, I would make that drive the day before and stay in a motel near the rail station.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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As a former 30 year DC Metro resident who lived north of Lorton, estimating the time for the drive between NJ and Amtrak station is the hardest part of this trip. Personally, I would make that drive the day before and stay in a motel near the rail station.
Agree and that is exactly what I am doing. There is a Comfort Inn 5 minutes from Amtrak. I booked. I don't want to get caught up in traffic and stress that I'm going to miss my train.

I hate 95 so much even toyed with the idea of taking the long long way of 81 to I believe 66.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:54 AM
 
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Traffic on I66 is ghastly near DC, and its a lot further. Going to Lorton, you can't avoid metro DC. Darn Chessie bay gets in the way.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Traffic on I66 is ghastly near DC, and its a lot further. Going to Lorton, you can't avoid metro DC. Darn Chessie bay gets in the way.
Ok, nix that idea, thanks for tip
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:19 AM
 
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If you go to a set place in Florida frequently why not buy a car that you could leave there then you could fly down and have car waiting when you got there.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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If you go to a set place in Florida frequently why not buy a car that you could leave there then you could fly down and have car waiting when you got there.
Yes, many do that. I am returning mainly to list my condo as I do not like FL, only moved there for my hubby and unfortunately he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer 4 months after we moved, he has since passed so time for me to get the hell outta dodge
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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That's an easy two day drive. For me it's five or six days from Alaska to Arizona. I wish I had an easy two day drive!
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"Easy" is a relative term. Anything longer than 6 hours is unbearable for me.
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For me 7-8 hours is pushing it, especially when solo.
I'm retired and I still can go from 7 in the morning to 9 or 10 at night! And that's driving a pickup on the Alaska Highway.
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Old 08-20-2017, 04:11 PM
 
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I'm retired and I still can go from 7 in the morning to 9 or 10 at night! And that's driving a pickup on the Alaska Highway.
That's fantastic for you. Not everyone has the same tolerance level. It doesn't have anything to do with age. I've never been able to spend a long time in the car by myself without glazing over. It becomes a safety issue.
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