Welp....I just drove a Budget moving truck four days to Baltimore. Almost 2500 miles. Helped our son load, unload, and move into an apartment, then flew all day back. We are exhausted and a bit disoriented. What day is this?
The first Volvos I saw were in Iowa City IA, a seemingly hip college town with a million bikes and nice brewpubs.
People on the road were fairly polite until someone flipped a switch at Wheeling WV. Instant aggression, no signals, right lane passing, cutting in and out, following maybe 5' behind someone at 75 mph. All of this courtesy of my front row seat in a slow truck!
Morning traffic from Hagerstown east was very aggressive commuter traffic (I thought no one was working!?), but got better as the DC traffic peeled off, and wasn't bad into Baltimore. Driving a big truck through the narrow cobblestone streets was a chore - we were so happy to turn it in and be rid of it. Cheapest closest airB&B was a 42' cruising boat at a marina in the harbor. Musty and beat up, but an adventure.
Baltimore is a very interesting and complicated city. History, diversity, humidity, de-industrialization, loss of manufacturing jobs, haves and have-nots, loyalty, quirkiness, grit.
Downtown Baltimore to BWI was quick and easy, and the airport is nice (also nearly empty). SeaTac Seattle was NOT empty, very busy. Also, hats off to Alaska Airlines, a well run operation with nice planes and friendly people. Added bonus - riding next to the prop on a Dash-8 turboprop was really interesting, and seeing the geography from not so high up.
That is all.
ex-1984 245T wagon
1994 850T wagon
2004 XC70 wagon BlackBetty
Is it time for a 1964 122 wagon?