Traffic City

From Connecticut, it was time to press through the traffic streaming out of New York City, sashay around Philadelphia’s activity and then traverse the Baltimore-Washington traffic. Add in a pope and the traffic challenges are there.

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The skyline of New York City passing off the left side

While wedged in the southbound traffic as we passed New York, I noticed that the energy consumption was very good for 65 mph. I attribute this reduction to what I call “whole traffic drafting” in which the mass of cars and trucks moves enough air to reduce drag. It’s like drafting behind a semi-truck without having to hold position behind any particular vehicle.

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Energy consumption of 249watt-hrs./mile was one advantage of being surrounded by traffic as “whole traffic drafting” helped out.

After passing through New York, I recharged in New Jersey, passed through the corner of Delaware, then headed through Maryland with the plan to visit West Virginia the next day.

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Driving into the sunset with West Virginia on my mind

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