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Sabin’s Vacation 2023 - From Land to Sea Day #5 - Virginia to Pennsylvania

by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog

Last night, both John and I had the same epiphany to leave a day early so we can split the driving time to Massachusetts. Therefore instead of 12 plus hours we can split it in half per day.

The morning consisted of a delicious breakfast and a fabulous boat ride on Smith Mountain Lake. It was sad to say goodbye early; but the good news is our friends have a home in Florida too and will hopefully come visit us.

We were on the road again by 10:40


As we headed to Allentown, Pennsylvania we went through two other states, West Virginia and Maryland. It’s amazing that you can pass through four states in a few hours.

The roads were pretty crowded. Of course, during a weekday the roads are filled with trucks. I have to admit it is not my favorite thing to drive next to a big semi trailer; especially when we passed an accident on the other side of the highway where the semi was laying sideways on the ground smashed into the posts of an overpass.

I hate to be on my soapbox but these truck drivers can be a bit scary with their driving. The ones we experienced either were going too slow in the left lane, too fast, or changing lanes aggressively. Only a few appeared to be following the speed limit and following the road etiquette.

After being on the road for a couple of hours we were ready for lunch. I don’t know about you, but when seeing food signs we tend to cravings. We saw one for KFC but unfortunately passed it up.

We expected the next exit to have a KFC but it was not listed on the next four exits.

Ten miles passed when we planned to stop. No KFC on the interstate food signs but there was a Chick-fil-A. We figured that may meet our cravings. As we turned off the interstate we were ecstatic when we saw the striped red and white roof of KFC. Our cravings were truly satisfied.

It took us about seven hours to go 409 miles with stops. So glad we split up our drive to Boston.

We finished our evening with a delicious dinner at Zahra at The Market in Downtown Allentown. It was mouthwatering Middle Eastern Cuisine. The hummus is to die for.

Dessert was found at Rite Aide. A Dairy Free, Gluten Free chocolate bar by Lindt. For those of you know me that is a great treat for me as it is perfect for my dietary needs. You couldn’t tell it was not a real chocolate bar.

Only one more day of this road trip and then on Saturday we will be on part two of our trip.

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