April 21, 2017
We knew driving a large truck with a 26-foot trailer wouldn’t be easy, especially on back roads (such as in the Great Smokey Mountains) and through small towns (Google Maps thinks you can traverse any roads, however narrow). It is clear that New York City wasn’t designed for this purpose in mind, either. Upon entering the city and state, we were charged over $50 in tolls (New Jersey also charged us about $20). A major accident near I-278 shut down the nearby highways (inched along for about 2 hours). Construction in Queens delayed us for another hour. After leaving the city, the state charged us another $20 or so. Long story short, it took us 3 1/2 hours to traverse New York City and we were charged $70 for the “privilege” (Total toll count was over $100 to get from Philly to Rhode Island). New York City is a Bermuda Triangle where happiness and calm vanish and your navigation instruments go haywire.
Moral of the Story: If you’re travelling by car, stay far away from New York City. In fact, they’ll soak you for tolls when you’re travelling anywhere in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and the like. If you like to punish yourself (or maybe want to experience what it’s like living in a Judge Dredd style Megacity), then just fly there.