Picked up today in Lancaster, PA - a whopping 5 pallets. Turns out, it's product being shipped back to Butterball (sliced turkey, to be exact). After waiting a couple hours until the load was ready, I ended up having to wait another 1 1/2 hours before I could leave, due to a discrepancy on the paperwork, only to see that it was 1530 (ET), and that can only mean one thing: a traffic nightmare!
Heading back to York, PA, then down to the I-695 loop around Baltimore, MD wasn't that bad. Even I-95 to D.C. was fairly moderate. But once I got on I-495 (a.k.a. The Capital Beltway) and around the west side, was when traffic started getting a bit hairy... and once I got back on I-95, on the south end - FORGET IT! It was 20 miles to the weigh station/truck rest area and jacked up traffic. From where I started (in Lancaster) to that rest area was 152 miles, a stretch I could normally cover (just about anyplace else except D.C.) in about 2 1/2 hours, but because of their notoriously horrendous traffic, that stretch was nearly 4 hours long! I would much rather be in L.A. traffic than D.C. Anybody who has had to suffer through that ordeal will know EXACTLY what I mean (and water-boarding is illegal?!). Just dealing with that ate up a lot of my driving time.
If D.C. traffic is that bad - the epicenter of our government - then how do the politicians expect us to have trust in their leadership when they can't even arrange a more efficient system of the interstate network in their own back yard!
There... I feel better now... a little.
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