Agoraphobia in the Atlantic

New Jersey turnpikeThe last couple of days of driving on New Jersey roads has been some of the most intense driving we’ve ever done.

L.A. traffic has nothing on this place. It’s a lot of narrow roads, fast street-level freeways with cars pulling into and out of driveways, and the most aggressive drivers outside of Manhattan. Jim’s hauling the rig like a seasoned pro, but I just grip the seat and clench my jaw. At least yesterday we got our own escort to get us out of New York.

Almost all of our trip miles have been on scenic, blue highways. Forget that, for now. We’re sticking to the toll roads and freeways until Virgina. I honestly don’t know how Sara and Matt are driving their veggie rig through New York City this week. Ah, youth!

We’re skipping major cities on this trip; as much as we want to see a lot of them, we don’t need the stress. We’re not going to live in a city. And we can fly into them anytime we want to later on.

East Coast freeway trash on our RV antennaeAfter living in rural Humboldt County, California, for so long, I am completely overwhelmed by the traffic, and crowds here. To think that I drove L.A. freeways at 16, and learned to ride a motorcycle in San Francisco! Now, I’m just a backwater rube that wants to get out of here and into the country, where trash doesn’t fly around and hit your vehicle every 5 miles. After visiting Jim’s childhood friend Brian from Petaluma, here in Cherry Hill, we’re outta here in a jiffy.

The East Coast’s population intensity is making me reconsider wanting to live in Vermont, or anywhere in the East (did you get that, Mom?).

3 Responses to “Agoraphobia in the Atlantic”

  1. The escort was easy … that “Oversize Load” pilot truck in the picture kept a steady pace about a mile and a half in front of the wide trailer caravan it was supposedly escorting. Obviously a New Jersey driver, perhaps in a hurry to the next Dunkin Donuts or WaWa store. So we just slipped behind it and relaxed for a while.

  2. How the hell did you get a personal escort?

  3. Yes, come on back this way.. settle in Palm Springs.. lot of gay guys here, but if Jim just displays that wedding ring they’ll leave him alone. Start up another business, buy a house and rent your 5th wheeler to us.

    All by next week – we have to move.

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