This past weekend I had to make an emergency trip to Massachusetts. My uncle (81), whom I hadn't seen in 12 years is gravely ill and though I'm going up there in August anyway, they don't expect him to hold on to then.
I left home on Friday morning at 5:50AM (right in the middle of DC rush hour), yet I made really good time and got to the George Washington Bridge (the entrance from New Jersey to New York on I-95) in right at 5 hours. Two hours later I had managed to travel exactly 12 miles. I finally got into Connecticut and up to speed but what do I spy; a sign that says traffic is backed up for the next 14 miles. Yep, right on the money, 14 miles and more than another hour later traffic is moving again. No sooner up to speed and another 7 mile back up shortly followed by another 6 mile back up. No accidents, no construction, no apparent reason. Finally got into Providence, Rhode Island right during RUSH HOUR. All together it took me slightly over 13 hours to traverse approximately 560 miles. And this on roads where the posted speed limit is 65 and most people, when there is no congestion are doing over 80. SOOOO I officially hate NY and Connecticut.
You could probably add New Jersey and Maryland to that trip also as I took a different route coming back and still ran into slow traffic in those two states. I am working today but I am really tired.