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47Ronin30 Jul 2016 12:15 p.m. PST

A topic which has been discussed here for past conventions, but not mentioned so far for Historicon 2016.

If you are a veteran of several conventions, please feel free to add whether your drive has gotten better, worse or stayed the same over the years.

Short cuts, departure times and other driving tips are always welcome.

Thanks in advance for the replies.

Personal logo Don Manser Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 12:32 p.m. PST

301 all the way to Mullica Hill, NJ. Sure there was traffic but I left at 3:00 and it's summer. 4.5 hours to get home. Perfect time for Audible.

DM

M1Fanboy30 Jul 2016 12:35 p.m. PST

95 to from is just a nightmare..but its what happens..

Royal Air Force30 Jul 2016 12:56 p.m. PST

30 minute drive to the nearest Amtrak station, 8 1/2 train ride. Call Enterprise rentals for pick up and we're done. Actually easier than the drive to Lancaster from RI

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 1:05 p.m. PST

I took 711 to the PA turnpike, then took that to Breezewood, got on 70 and got off on the exit for Bekley Springs. Went that way until I picked up 64 or 66 then took that to 95, went about 2.5 miles on 95 and was right there.

Four hours, no worries.

Ember52 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 1:24 p.m. PST

Took 3/301 from Baltimore area on Friday morning… a bit over 2.5 hrs. give or take. Returned Sunday afternoon on I95. A few slowdowns, no real jams…maybe 2 hrs. Not bad either way.

dbf167630 Jul 2016 1:54 p.m. PST

Picked a friend at Reagan Nation Airport on Wednesday. Left the airport at 10:45 and pulled up to our hotel next to FCC 55 minutes later.

Razor78 Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 2:05 p.m. PST

Well I moved to Fredericksburg in January sp it was about 20 minutes

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 3:56 p.m. PST

3.5 wonderful hours!

Double G Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 3:58 p.m. PST

First couple of trips, I took 95 on the way down and back, it was pretty bad in spots, specifically once I hit the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and around Baltimore and New York.

Past few times, I've gone 495 North to 90 West to 84 West to 81 South to 66 East to 17, wasn't bad on the way down, pretty bad on the way home Sunday as regardless whether you go 95 North or avoid it and go West, then North, then East on a Sunday in July, you're going to hit traffic, nothing you can do about it.

MichaelCD Inactive Member30 Jul 2016 4:20 p.m. PST

4 hours on 95N. No problems with traffic the past 3 years. And that's leaving Wednesday between 11am and 3pm depending on work.

TRUgamer30 Jul 2016 5:34 p.m. PST

That's making great time from North Dakota!

TRU

foot soldier Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2016 6:35 p.m. PST

Left the dealer's hall at at 2pm. Took 95 all the way to my home in MA (just 15 miles south of Boston just off 95) I got home at 12:25 AM driving straight thru with just a stop for gas. And that is with light traffic on 95 from the Ct. border tp home. A miserable ride.

rob
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myxemail30 Jul 2016 6:45 p.m. PST

About 10.5 hours. Maybe a bit more.
Worked my way west to 81, then onto 84, 90, 290, 495, and then 95 into NH, and home in Maine

Blutarski30 Jul 2016 7:54 p.m. PST

Greenville SC > Fredericksburg VA = ~7 hours, including gas stop. About 450 miles via Rtes 85 and 95, so averaged about 65-70 mph Uneventful drive except for a short traffic jam north of Charlotte on the return.

B

shthar30 Jul 2016 8:24 p.m. PST

Let's just say Lindberg had an easier trip than I did. And I didn't get no parade either.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 5:03 a.m. PST

It's a long 13 hour trip from Southern Ontario. I do the usual trip, I-90 to 15/11 South, from my home to Harrisburg, usually an easy ride. Then 81 South. This starts off bad with a lot of trucks and then thins out the further south you go. Then 66 eastbound which is a pleasure to drive. Then 17 South. Even with road improvements, traffic on 17 is getting worse the closer one gets to I-95. I can't add anything about the state of I-95, just to say I'm only on it for 5 minutes. On Thursday, around 1:00pm, traffic was moving about 30-40 mph. I feel for those who have to spend much time on it.

114th Pennsylvania31 Jul 2016 6:33 a.m. PST

Coming from Philly like my fore Fathers before me, I kept trying to hit that wall in Fredericksburg…I mean travel I-95 and hit stop and go Traffic around DC to Fredericksburg.

Always a traffic nightmare, but I had fun at the show none the less. About 4 1/2 hours with the last 1 hour the hardest going down. About 5 1/2 hours with shore traffic coming home.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

I live in western Ohio. Fredericksburg and Lancaster are long drives. Always have been. I don't mind.

Actual driving time to Fredericksburg is a tad over 9 hours with no stops at all. That is not possible. Need gas and food. But it is a beautiful drive and I enjoy it.

Tom

nazrat31 Jul 2016 8:09 a.m. PST

Beautiful, relatively short (6 hr.) drive from Charlotte, NC. I'd be happy if Historicon stays in Fredericksburg indefinitely!

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 8:38 a.m. PST

Drove from Neptune NJ with friends after flying from SFO
Drive 95 all the way 4.5 hours not including 3 hour stop at Marine Mueseum
Clif

Bad Painter31 Jul 2016 8:59 a.m. PST

Once we got out of Manhattan, it was smooth sailing. Picked up I-78 near Newark Airport and took it until it merged with I-81. I-81 to a stop at Antietam after which we meandered down to route 17 and took that all the way to Fredericksburg.Since we were in no rush, we weren't keeping an eye on the time.
Sunday morning, straight up I-95. With stops for food, gas, etc probably about 5 1/2 – 6 hours.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 9:27 a.m. PST

12 hours, but with three of my best friends, so it was ok.

Personal logo Chuckaroobob Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 9:51 a.m. PST

5 hours from Winston-Salem, NC. I-85 then I-95. Compared to 8 to Lancaster I'm digging it!

Been attending these things since the mid 80's in DC.

Doc Ord Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 4:26 p.m. PST

Two 9 hour days from south Mississippi.

KPinder Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 5:01 p.m. PST

3/301 from and to Baltimore. Slow, but pleasant. I long ago turned my back on 95. I arrive at both ends later, but in a much better mood.

Grimmnar31 Jul 2016 6:45 p.m. PST

Just for the day Saturday.
Baltimore. 95S. 2 hours.

Grimm

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 8:13 p.m. PST

The stretch on I-95 from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg was a nightmare this past Saturday. Left Woodbridge at 0900 and arrived at Patrick Henry's historic home about 1145. Just a friggin mess, as usual. Also, got off of I-95, since our app said to take Rt. 1 instead. No better. Crawled along there too. Just a horrible corridor of traffic at any given time.

demiurgex01 Aug 2016 12:32 p.m. PST

@Bowman you might want to see the back roads, if you have a GPS that's useful on your drive down. We do No. VA to about an hour west of Toronto in 8.5-9 hours routinely. Going up rt 15 for most of the way. It used to take us 10-12 hours going on the main highways.

rmaker01 Aug 2016 4:04 p.m. PST

My drive went fine, but then I took 4 days each way. Spent most of one day at the USAF Museum. I was only on I95 for a few miles (up to US17) going home and not at all driving out.

corzin02 Aug 2016 10:35 a.m. PST

from King of Prussia area so blue route to 95
drove down after work on wednesday (630?)- shocked that there was no traffic at all. took 495 around washington like my GPS said to do

Coming back sunday morning maybe 1030- a slow spot or two but nothing worth complaining about took 95 around washington like the 95 signage said to do

no clue on times

Clays Russians02 Aug 2016 10:49 a.m. PST

Louisville- 12hours

Zebcook Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2016 11:53 a.m. PST

Baltimore, just down for Saturday. Took the early train down, arrived about 8:30. Took the last train out (about 8:00), got home around 11:00.

No traffic issues, plenty of time to rest on the train.

nazrat02 Aug 2016 1:37 p.m. PST

"The stretch on I-95 from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg was a nightmare this past Saturday. Left Woodbridge at 0900 and arrived at Patrick Henry's historic home about 1145. Just a friggin mess, as usual. Also, got off of I-95, since our app said to take Rt. 1 instead. No better. Crawled along there too. Just a horrible corridor of traffic at any given time."

All that is fascinating but really has absolutely nothing to do with this thread since you did NOT attend Historicon. But jump on in and bitch some more (you ALWAYS do!)…

Frederick the not so great Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2016 9:56 a.m. PST

Don't hate me – live in Falmouth, so my drive was about 12 minutes along the river road.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2016 6:17 p.m. PST

In 2013 a group if 4 of us drove from Arlington Texas to Historicon. 25 hours straight through, 1400+ miles. I-40 through Tennessee never seems to end when you're driving at night.

Charlie 1201 Jan 2017 4:40 p.m. PST

For me, in 2014 it was a short (55min) easy drive up I-95 from Richmond (after a transcon flight and picking up the rental car). Going against the traffic flow helps a lot. The trip back was the same (except for my connector flight being canceled and spending the night in Denver International…).

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2017 5:00 p.m. PST

@Bowman you might want to see the back roads, if you have a GPS that's useful on your drive down. We do No. VA to about an hour west of Toronto in 8.5-9 hours routinely. Going up rt 15 for most of the way. It used to take us 10-12 hours going on the main highways.

Demi, are you sure about your numbers?

I live in Cambridge, which is an hour west of Toronto. When going to Lancaster (usually three times a year for gaming conventions) I take 15 all the way to Harrisburg. Always takes 9 hours.

For Fredericksburg. I go all the way down 15 again. through Harrisburg to 81 south. The worst is the first hour (QEW to Buffalo and then Buffalo itself) and the last hour (#17 to I-95). That adds 4 hours to the trip.

I'll miss the scenery once Historicon goes to NJ, but I will save 8 hours driving round trip.

dapeters03 Jan 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

I left at 6 am Thursday morning from South Jeresy, hit traffic around Baltmore and 295, DC and to Frederickburg was fine about 4 + hours. On way back left at 8 or 9 no traffic at all back in under 4hours.

cleo liebl04 Jan 2017 9:13 p.m. PST

We took 17 to 15 over the Potomac around G'burg then onto 30 through York and home to Lititz PA. 5 hours, but a pleasant, scenic route. Looking forward to NJ, on 2 1/2 hours, though probably not as scenic.

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