August 20, 2019 Saugerties, NY to Clarksboro, NJ


Last night, we were lulled to sleep by the sound of hundreds of frogs from the nearby pond.  We slept well and got up fairly early to get started on our day.  Preparations were easy again for our departure and we were on the road by 9:30.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with a starting temp of 76 degrees.  Traffic was light on I-87 which seemed more like a boulevard than an Interstate highway.

We were surprised to see this Bentley SUV on the drive today.

We crossed the state line into New Jersey around 11:00. 

The speed limit dropped to 55 mph on I-287 and traffic thinned out.

The highway took us through wooded hillsides and areas carved out of rock–not at all like I expected New Jersey to be like.

In New Jersey, the limited access turnpike was nice for driving–3 separate lanes for cars only and 3 separate lanes for trucks, trailers, etc.  I didn't like driving with all the trucks, but it definitely thinned out the traffic.

By noon, the temp had risen to 92 degrees.  We had changes in major highways today near major metro areas, with lots of traffic and confused traffic patterns, but we negotiated them with ease.  Bob did his homework on Google Earth this morning so he knew exactly what he was dealing with, what to look for, and where to go.  That little bit of pre-planning makes a huge difference in the stress level.  We got within 15 miles of our campground on I-295 and there was a major traffic jam, although traffic kept moving slowly and there didn't seem to be any problems.  Go figure!  We only had 10 exits to go and were ready to have the drive be over.  We arrived at our campground, Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA campground, at 2:00.

The temp had risen to 92 degrees and we were anxious to set up and get the AC going.  We were looking forward to our 4 nights in the area to do some exploring and not have to do any major highway driving for a few days.  We were assigned site #9 close to the laundry, bathrooms, and pool.  

After we set up outside, we set up inside and noticed that the shower door had come off its hinges.  Bob said that a screw came loose and that's what made it come off.  We got it fixed and settled in to do some research for our tour of Philadelphia tomorrow. Bob has an ARC (Architectural Review Committee) meeting at 9:30.  He is the chairman, so he has to call in for the meeting. The meeting shouldn't last long and then we will hop the train into town.  It looks like it's going to be a hot one, so we'll see how much of the city we can see with our walking tour guide before the heat gets to us. We had dinner and Auggie and I took our walk around the campground.  It is a very nice KOA and we took a walk around the fishing pond to the back camping area.  We relaxed with a little TV and some star gazing after dark..  


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