You reminded me of my trip up to Albany. I was supposed to drive someone up to the show, but she ditched and couldn't get a message to me so I was running super late. I was on target to arrive in Albany ~ 7:15PM or so. Almost everyone on the NYS thruway was doing 80+ MPH, something I am not used to... but I was late. So I kept up with the Jones.
A large box fell off the back of the pickup truck in front of me. Thankfully the lane next to me was empty. So I jumped "too quickly" into the right lane. At 80+ MPH if you are not smooth, you can easily lose control. So I overshot to the right and I was sure I was going to hit something or someone. Amazingly I got my car under control, and so did the others near me, but it was a scary fraction of a second or two. I don't think anyone near me got hurt.
You upstate people sure do know how to drive fast. To me, 65 MPH posted speed limit is a treat, and I'll push it to 70 / 75. Long caravans of drivers doing 80+ MPH sure looks like a recipe for disaster.
80+ mph is pushing it since this is State Trooper country.....usually 75 is max and safest not to get busted but being stuck in one of those traffic pockets where if one goes down you all go down, is something i try to avoid at all cost and that is hard when you're late.
I run about 71/72 and if people don't like it, pass me...i got kids in the car.
Better late to a kick ass show than dead and missing it. Glad you made it ok.
Oh I hear you. I felt invincible until I almost flipped the damn car or ??. It's deceptive when everyone goes that fast, feels "normal" after a while. I slowed down to about 74 after that, but on some straightaways I did juice it a bit.
The trip home was wet so barely went much over 70. And I saw plenty of troopers in the daylight.
The old conventional wisdom used to be rt 17 was free but if you "pay" to use the thruway they let you speed. But posted limits back then were 55 (I think). I don't know if they still let you speed up there or not. Usually I am not running that late.
It's wild how fast some of the 16 wheelers go on that road.
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