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November 4, 2021: Thursday getting on
US 9 to go north is a couple of miles west from the harbor and bridges.
When you see this image below, you feel like you went out in the
countryside. We got on US 9 North at 2:17 PM to start back toward our
motel up in Vineland, NJ.
This mile marker on US 9 going north is 3.5 miles from the Cape May Ferry
This is the first major intersection on US 9 going north from Cape
May. This area is called Rio Grande. Wildwood is the beach resort
East of here on the Atlantic Ocean. That town is densely populated and
that is why we did not go there.
We pulled into this McDonalds to get some lunch at 2:30 PM. It is
located about two blocks north of the intersection seen in the photo above. The
front door was locked due to Covid-19 restrictions. We went through the
drive-thru lane and parked near the trees and grass at the south side of the
parking lot. Chase appreciated that area for his break time out of the
car. We left McDonalds at 2:49 PM to look for a place where we could have
our rest stop.
This Wawa is located at the intersection seen in the second photo
above. Their rest rooms were spotless! When we were back in the car,
the exit to the left in this photo below put us back on NJ route 47 to head back
to the motel.
Third time is a charm. This is the same railroad we saw this morning
in Millville, NJ where there were no gates at the crossings. Finally, the
traffic on this section of NJ 47 is heavy enough to require the lights, bell,
and the GATES that can block auto traffic for the passage of a train on the
Going north on route 47 comes to a short cut not seen coming southbound
from Millville. Going north on 47 is a LEFT TURN up ahead at the traffic
light. The short cut going north is to use route 347 going straight ahead
at the light.
Going north with the short cut is using the right lane here, not the left
turn lane. We passed by here going north on route 347 at 3:29 PM.
The forest is thick leaving the intersection seen above until 1.6 miles
north of the intersection where East Creek Pond is adjacent to the NJ route 347
The short cut saves about 3.2 miles compared to the normal NJ 47 route.
This is looking north at the intersection of NJ 55 going north to bypass
Millville. NJ 47 is coming and going north on the "side road"
that goes straight ahead. New Jersey uses a "Jug Handle"
intersection that is on the RIGHT side of the through route, then stops before
crossing over to the LEFT side as seen here to continue north. Following
the white car at the lower right side of this photo will get to NJ 47 going to
This is the curved path of NJ 55 going through to become the bypass around
Millville on the East side of town. We got on this end of NJ route 55 at
3:43 PM going north.
Here is the view from the jug handle position of NJ 47 ready to cross NJ
55 and go into Millville from the south end of town.
NJ 55 becomes a FOUR-LANE divided highway just six-tenths of a mile north
of the NJ 47 / NJ 55 intersection.
The exit from NJ 55 at 3:51 PM brings us to a left turn to get on NJ 47 to
go north, and a chance to check out Cumberland Mall straight ahead in hopes of
finding a good take-out restaurant. We passed by two franchised
restaurants but neither of them got our vote for dinner tonight.
This gas station was just over half a mile up NJ 47 from the NJ 55
exit. I always get fuel in New Jersey before going into Pennsylvania where
the gas prices are higher. New Jersey has a law that prevents drivers from
putting fuel in their car at "self-serve" locations. Every gas
station has an attendant by the pumps to take your credit card and insert it
into the card reader before he puts the gas in your tank. The attendant
does not check your oil or wipe your windows ala "full service" as
pumping fuel is all they do. When the transaction is completed, he returns
the credit card with the printed receipt.
There is a Wal-Mart about one block from our motel. We stopped there
where Linda went in to get us some frozen dinners we could prepare in the
microwave oven in the room. I kept Chase in the car with me while she went
inside and was back in the car at 4:20 PM after a relatively short visit of only
The Google Earth aerial view shows just how close Wal-Mart is to the Days
Inn motel where we spent two nights with our exploration of south Jersey on the
day after our arrival.
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