October/November 2021 Vacation Day 9 · · PAGE 32.
November 3, 2021: Here is the beginning
of the Holland Tunnel on the New York side of the Hudson River. This
Google Earth image was taken in December 2021.
Here is what you see coming out of the Holland Tunnel on the New Jersey
side of the Hudson River. From the entrance in New York City to This exit,
the distance is about 1.65 miles.
Darkness has fallen, but not because we went through the Holland
Tunnel. We passed this location at 6:25 PM on November 3, 2021 and sunset
was at 5:50 PM. The FAA says it is now officially NIGHT time. This
is another reminder that Google Earth needs sunlight to provide these wonderful
It was easy to get into one of the two lanes to get headed in the proper
We were heading across the Newark Bay Bridge on I-78 in the dark of
course. Linda saw a string of airplane landing lights directly ahead of us
coming in our direction. The distance across the bay and to the junction
with I-95 southbound is about two miles. The Newark, NJ airport is
adjacent to I-95 with two parallel runways near the interstate and the NJ turnpike.
The overpass seen in this image is I-78 that brought us to the exit we used to get down to
ground level and join I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike heading south.
This is a Garmin Mapsource map of my GPS ground track across the Newark
Bay Bridge and getting on I-95 southbound. It shows the Newark International
Airport with its three runways with two of them parallel to Interstate 95 and
the New Jersey Turnpike as the two routes are concurrent at this location.
Every major airport has a number of communications antennas for radio contact
with arriving and departing aircraft. Each of these seven towers has a red
marker light at the top. This Google Earth image shows the structures in
daylight. We passed here at 6:38 PM well after dark. The red lights
would have marked their location. I was focused on the traffic ahead of me
and did not know the towers were there until I created this web page with the
This airport sign faces the NJ Turnpike and I-95. The background
imagery of the control tower and the terminal building along with passenger jets
make the point of the sign.
This rotating radar antenna looks DOWN at the ground on the airport from
this tower on the East side of I-95 / NJ Turnpike. It can identify all the
aircraft on the airport and airport service vehicles with radar transponders and
GPS systems on those vehicles. Ground controllers can "see" all
those signals on their radar screens.
There is a rest area ahead and all of us need this break from traffic no matter what
speed it is going. Since we are in the express lanes, a fly over lane is
the only way to get on the west side of the Turnpike/I-95.
We pulled into the service area and turned right on the front row of
parking places to give Chase his shot at the grass. We parked in that
empty space between the first hydrant and light pole on the left side of the
image below. We arrived here at 6:52 PM.
We moved the car closer to the main building at 7:02 PM for closer access
to the rest rooms for people. I got the first chance to go while Linda
stayed in the car with her dog Chase. I came back and gave her directions
to find the rest rooms in the main part of the building. The GPS indicated
our departure at 7:21 PM as we began to leave the parking lot from the north end
of the building.
I missed the cars only ramp and took the trucks - buses exit as we
departed the rest area at 7:24 PM. This rest area is located near
Exit 3 from the New Jersey Turnpike is located about 67 miles south of the
rest area exit seen in the image above.
New Jersey 168 south is the state highway we took after getting off the NJ
We followed NJ 168 until we reached NJ 41 that is headed over to NJ 55
which is a divided highway. The GPS pointed us in this direction.
We are going south on NJ 55 down toward Vineland, NJ where our next motel
is located for tonight.
We want route 56 EAST with the ramp just beyond the overpass ahead.
Days Inn is our stop for two nights to give us a chance to see some of the
sights in South Jersey before we resume our travels. We arrived here at
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