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Portsmouth, Virginia - March 10-13, 2001

These pictures were taken with my Olympus C2100-Z digital camera on a trip to a conference in Portsmouth, Virginia, March 10-13, 2001.

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The Plan

I was scheduled to speak at the 10th SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computation, being held in Portsmouth, Virginia. Air travel is a hassle and Portsmouth is right about at the limit of how far I can drive and still end up taking about the same amount of time as flying. So I did.

Saturday, March 10, 2001

I started out early Saturday morning in Williamstown. The second snowstorm in a week [2 Pictures] was just winding down when I got on the road at 7:30 AM. I decided to try something different. Instead of starting out by heading over to Troy, I took US 7 to MA 43, then south on NY 22 to NY 295 [2 Pictures]. This part of the drive took me on some rather slushy roads, but nothing too horrible. The Taconic State Parkway [2 Pictures] started slushy but was dry when I got into the mid-Hudson area. By the time I got to I-84 [2 Pictures] the roads were dry and the sun was out. Everything was smooth down the Thruway then I-287. There was a little congestion on US 202 in New Jersey, but not much. The first lunch and fuel stop was off of I-95 in Langhorn, Pennsylvania [Picture]. The trip continued down I-95 through Pennsylvania [Picture], into Delaware, then down I-95 to Baltimore. In the Baltimore area, I took the Harbor Tunnel (I-895) to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. I rejoined I-95 on the Capital Beltway [2 Pictures], then hit the Mixing Bowl and a good amount of construction as I continued south into Virginia [Picture].

I arrived in Richmond a bit before 5, and had time to visit with Josh, Julie, and Jessica for a few hours. Around 8, I was on my way again, now heading east on I-64 toward the Hampton Roads area. It was a beautiful night for travel, with a full moon providing a lot of light [Picture]. I arrived in Portsmouth and found my hotel by 10:00.

Saturday's travel log:

TimeLocationMileage
7:31 AMWilliamstown, Mass.122228
7:41 AMJct MA 43, South Williamstown122234
7:54 AMNew York122245
7:56 AMJct NY 22, Stephentown122246
8:12 AMJct NY 295, Columbia County122258
8:26 AMJct Taconic State Parkway122268
9:30 AMJct I-84122333
9:46 AMJct NYS Thruway/I-87 Exit 17122350
10:00 AMWoodbury Toll Barrier122365
10:10 AMRamapo Service Area122376
10:20 AMNew Jersey and I-287122379
11:05 AMUS 202/206, Bridgewater122430
11:48 AMJct I-95, Ewing Twp, NJ122468
11:52 AMPennsylvania122465
12:01 PMLanghorn, PA, gas and lunchmissing
12:55 PMDelaware and Jct I-495122517
1:05 PMJct I-95 and Delaware Turnpike122528
1:15 PMDelaware Tpke Toll Plaza122539
1:16 PMMaryland122540
1:27 PMChesapeake House Service Area122553
2:15 PMBaltimore Harbor Tunnel Toll Plaza122595
2:19 PMBaltimore Washington Parkway122599
2:40 PMJct Capital Beltway/I-495/I-95122621
3:00 PMVirginia122642
3:07 PMMixing Bowl122649
3:25 PMRest Area on I-95122664
4:57 PMJosh and Julie's in Richmond122750
7:56 PMGas stop in Richmond122750
8:37 PMI-64 Rest Area122785
10:00 PMHotel in Portsmouth122856

Sunday, March 11, 2001

My room on the 16th floor of the Portsmouth Renaissance had a nice view of the Elizabeth River and the city of Portsmouth [3 Pictures].

I attended a short course on cluster computing in the morning, but that was done by lunch time, leaving the afternoon mostly free. I took a ride to Virginia Beach and parked and walked around a bit [3 Pictures]. The weather was beautiful for early March, with temperatures in the upper 60's and bright sunshine. This made for quite a few people at and near the beach, and some even brave enough to dress for summer. Next, I drove north to Cape Henry and the lighthouses at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay [22 Pictures]. The old lighthouse is open for climbing, so I did it. It's not a very long climb, but the winding staircase ends before the top, and two ladders are used to get the rest of the way. I looked around Cape Henry some more, then made my way back [Picture] to the hotel in Portsmouth [Picture] for a reception and later some grading.

Sunday's travel log:

Portsmouth122856
Virginia Beach122879
Cape Henry122885
Portsmouth122906

Monday, March 12, 2001

This was the first day of the conference. My talk was in the morning. We had lunch at a sports bar on high street, were back for more talks during the afternoon, then went to dinner at a restaurant at Milepost 0 of the Intracoastal Highway on the wharf in Chesapeake. It was another warm and mostly sunny day, and was actually a bit humid.

Monday's travel log:

Portsmouth122906
Back to Portsmouth122915

Tuesday, March 13, 2001

After some overnight rain, it was a warm and somewhat humid morning in Portsmouth. The conference was only in day two of three, but after the morning sessions, I had to be on my way home. I left the hotel around noon [Picture], and was on my way. First, I had to take the downtown tunnel [2 Pictures] into Norfolk [2 Pictures]. I stopped to get some Bojangle's chicken (southern cuisine, I guess) on US 13 in Virginia Beach, and made my way to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel [7 Pictures]. The ride up US 13 through Virginia's eastern shore and through Maryland was smooth, but slow in and around the towns, which seem to be bigger than I remember from previous trips. I made a fuel stop and hit some rain and thurder in Delaware [4 Pictures]. Delaware 1 now has a connector that takes you right from US 13 south of Dover to Delaware 1. Delaware 1 is almost complete from Dover to I-95, and I think there was only one traffic light in the section which still dumps onto US 13. I usually take I-95 through Philadelphia, but with the time still close to the afternoon rush, I decided it would be best to avoid all that and take the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike. This worked out well, as the traffic on the Turnpike northbound wasn't bad at all. I decided to continue on the NJTP to the Garden State Parkway. There was plenty of traffic, but it moved right along. It was starting to get foggy, with the damp and relatively warm air on top of a snowcover, so I decided it would be best to take the Thruway instead of the Taconic to get home. The fog was dense in patches, but there were no real problems. After reaching Troy and starting on the familiar NY 7/NY 22/NY 346/VT 346/US 7 route home, I encountered more fog and some prime conditions for black ice, delaying my arrival in Williamstown by 15 minutes or so.

Tuesday's travel log:

12:08 PMPortsmouth122915
12:28 PMLunch stop, Virginia Beach122926
12:45 PMChesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Rest Stop122934
Construction Delay on CBBT122939
1:28 PMNorth end CBBT, Virginia Eastern Shore122949
2:40 PMMaryland123018
Delaware123059
3:31 PMGas stop in Laurel, DE123066
4:32 PMToll Plaza on DE 1123111
4:57 PMToll Plaza on DE 1123139
5:17 PMNew Jersey, Delaware Memorial Bridge123156
5:52 PMCooper Service Area, New Jersey Turnpike123196
7:32 PMNew York (on Garden State Parkway)123291
7:44 PMSloatsburg Service Area, NYS Thruway123303
9:00 PMMalden Service Area, NYS Thruway123373
9:37 PMI-787, Albany123411
9:47 PMNY 7, Troy123421
10:32 PMGas stop in Pownal, VT on US 7123453
10:46 PMBack in Williamstown123457
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