Friday, March 28, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 in North Carolina

English: Bodie Island Lighthouse, Outer Banks,...
English: Bodie Island Lighthouse, Outer Banks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Interstate 95 travels through North Carolina for 181 miles. Along this route are the cities of Roanoke, Rapids, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Fayetteville and Lumberton.

Attractions near I-95 include the Roanoke River, Bentonville Battleground, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum and Cliffs of the Neuse. To the east of this interstate are the Atlantic beaches including the wonderful Outer Banks.

English: Beach near Nags Head, North Carolina.
English: Beach near Nags Head  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easy continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

On the Road: Dehydration

One of my biggest problems on the road is dehydration. Since I travel during the cooler months of the year, I usually have the heat on in the car. When I arrive in the Southwest, I spend hours traveling in the heat of the desert. Sometimes I do not realize that I am getting dehydrated. One way I combat dehydration is to carry packets of EmercenC in the glove compartment of the car as well as in my luggage. When I feel dehydrated, I simply tear open a packet and add the contents to a drink. That way I have something that is always with me and easy to use at any time. In addition to the potassium, EmergenC also has 1000 mg. of Vitamin C.  I like to put mine in Arizona Diet Green Tea. When I feel a little ill, I take this and almost always I feel better. EmergenC is available everywhere.


The symptoms of dehydration are dizziness, headache, tiredness and weakness. Sometimes I feel like I am going to faint. Even though I am aware of how easily I get dehydrated, I still let it sneak up on me. Once I realize that dehydration is the cause of my physical discomfort, I act on it immediately. Letting that kind of situation get worse can have dire consequences for any individual. Travelers should be aware of the particular aspects of the environment where they will be staying and how those factors can impact their health especially if the conditions are overly humid or excessively dry. Even though it is a major city with many large stretches of concrete, Los Angeles is still in a desert area and travelers sometimes forget that. In any case, taking care to stay properly hydrated is extremely important when one is traveling.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 in Virginia

English: Sunset in Shenandoah National Park, V...
English: Sunset in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alexandria, Woodbridge, Aquia Harbor, Fredericksburg, Richmond and Emporia are some of the cities located along the 178 miles of Interstate 95 in Virginia. Places of interest near I-95 include the Potomac River, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Stonewall Jackson Shrine and Petersburg National Battlefield. Shenandoah National Park is located west of this interstate.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easy continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 In Maryland & Washington, D.C.

Interstate 95 travels for 109 miles through Maryland and Washington, D.C. I-95 serves as the main link between Baltimore and Washington. Attractions located near this interstate include the Chesapeake Bay, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Fell's Point, Inner Harbor, Rocky Gorge Dam, the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, Vietnam Wall, King Monument, Roosevelt Monument, Jefferson Monument and the Great Falls of the Potomac.


Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 in Pennsylvania & Delaware

English: The Kalmar Nyckel leaves Lewes, Delaw...
English: The Kalmar Nyckel is a replica of a Dutch built, armed merchant ship, called a pinnace, constructed in about 1625, that carried Swedish settlers to establish the colony of New Sweden in 1628, an area that is now Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 95 travels 51 miles in Pennsylvania and 23 miles in Delaware. I-95 links the Pennsylvania cities of Penndel, Philadelphia and Chester with the Delaware cities of Linwood and Wilmington. Attractions located near this interstate include the Delaware River, Neshaming State Park, the USS Olympic, Walt Whitman House, Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Tinicum Wildlife Refuge, the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Fort Christina Monument and the Kalmar Nyckel Tallship.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On the Road: Checking Weight Loss Progress

On my trip a few years ago, I really made an effort to lose weight. At that time and still today I try to get in at least an hour of exercise each day no matter where I am. While I was at home, I adjusted my scale to match my doctor's scale to make sure I was always aware of my weight, but I did not have that advantage on the road. Although I knew I was losing weight, I did not know how much. My daughter came up with a great idea. She gave me some jeans that were too big for her. When I tried on these jeans for the first time, I was not able to button them. Over the weeks I was still in California, I tried on the jeans one time a week to see what progress I had made. Now the jeans are too large for me and are very loose. Even though I did not know how much weight was lost, I still knew I was on track.


Another way to assess weight loss progress is to use a belt. I do not mean that as a means of punishment!! I was able to determine if I was losing weight by the number of new notches I had to use. I finally had to get a new belt!!!
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 in New York & New Jersey

English: , spanning the Hudson River between N...
English: GWB spanning the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey. View from top of New Jersey Tower to New York Tower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rye, New Rochelle and New York City are joined by Interstate 95 during its 23 miles in the state of New York. Nearby attractions include the George Washington Bridge, Hudson River, Long Island Sound, the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, Mianus River Gorge, The Cloisters, the Bronx Zoo, the East River and the Hudson Valley.

In New Jersey Interstate 95 connects Fort Lee, Newark, Elizabeth and Twin Rivers with 97 miles of highway. I-95 becomes the New Jersey Turnpike which has east and west sections. Only a few miles of this road do not have a toll. Raritan Bay, Delaware River, Pigeon Swamp State Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, Hudson Valley and Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge are places of interest near this highway.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 in Rhode Island & Connecticut

English: Bridge and Narragansett Bay
English: Bridge and Narragansett Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 95 goes through Rhode Island for 43 miles. I-95 with its spurs I-195 and I-295 is the only interstate in Rhode Island. Providence, Cranston and Wyoming are joined by this highway. Attractions that are close to I-95 are the Atlantic Ocean, Prudence Island, Narragansett Bay, Snug Harbor, Royal Indian Burial Ground, Great Swamp Wilderness, Colt State Park and Block Island.

Interstate 95, which hugs the coast in Connecticut for 111 miles, joins the cities of Groton, New London, East Haven, New Haven, Milford, Stamford, Bridgeport and Greenwich. Places of interest located near I-95 are the Atlantic Ocean, Mystic Seaport, Thames River, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and the Connecticut River.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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