Harpers Ferry and a Ferry

Maximizing highway tolls while checking off three more states.

The Sweep, Part 3

There wasn’t really a goal to stay in all of the contiguous 48 states when I started off on the Roamward Bound journey. Still, looking at the map and seeing that all the states I hadn’t stayed in were in the North East (except Arkansas), I decided to sweep through them in the spring and summer of 2019.

From the Washington, DC area I headed to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, racking up $80 in tolls along the way. Harper’s Ferry is where West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia meet at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. It’s also the site where abolitionist John Brown attempted to trigger a slave revolt by seizing a small federal armory. The town is a well preserved historical park.

Next up, Delaware, required driving back through Maryland. I left with $126 in cash for tolls and arrived with $6 left. I camped at Delaware Seashore State Park near Rehoboth Beach. It was a great little beach community.

First Time on a Ferry

Well, first time the 5th wheel has been on a ferry at least. Taking the Lewes to Cape May ferry saved at least $50 in diesel and at least that much in tolls.

Cape May is another beach community on the south shore of New Jersey. One of my favorite things here was the lighthouse tour.

The downside here was on my way to the campground I missed a turn. The GPS sent me down a road which on the map circled back to the road I’d been on so that I could go back. In reality it was a dead end, narrow, residential street with cars parked on both sides. Trying to turn around was not fun and not entirely successful. I ran over a hedge destroying it and denting a panel on the RV. The homeowner was really nice and wouldn’t take any money for the damage I caused. He said they have lots of people coming down the road and have had at least six 18 wheelers stranded at the end. The loop part of the road hasn’t been there for over 10 years

NYC from Jersey City

On New Jersey’s northern shore I stayed at Liberty Harbor in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from New York City. You can catch a subway from here under the river to the World Trade Center.

Next: The Sweep, Part 4 – New England

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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