Sleeping at the Toll Booth

Just over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are the tolls, and to the right is the Eastern Shore of Virginia Welcome Center. They have a large parking area for overnight travelers and tucks. Truck stops can sometimes be noisy as truckers usually leave their engines running all night for heat, power, or air conditioning.

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Virginia Welcome Center, Eastern Shore

I found a quiet corner backed up against the trees. Well, it was quiet until around 4am when a Prude truck pulled in right next to me. I briefly woke, but then fell right back to sleep.

It was well lit, and felt very safe. The visitors center has clean restrooms, information center, both typical for a rest stop. Once they opened in the morning I used the facilities, filled up on water, and headed out for the Assateague Island National Seashore.

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Looking out at the parking lot and tolls from the skylight.

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Same view first thing in the morning. Not may trucks or RV for the size of the parking area.

When I arrived at night, the parking area was mostly empty. Maybe 4 trucks and a 2 RV’s in a lot that could park several dozen. In the morning, it was about the same. Some trucks left, others arrived, but all in all pretty empty.

I put a Star on my Google Maps saved places, which I use for finding and remembering overnight stops along the routes I normally drive. I also label them as possible if I haven’t stayed there yet, and good/fair/poor once I visit in person. Then when driving and using Google Maps in the GPS mode, I can see the potential overnight areas as I drive, and check the notes. Really helpful when drive without a plan, and will just wing it on the way as to stops and overnights. Along with iExit and AllStays apps on the iPhone, its the three apps I use most for travel planning.

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iExit App for iPhone. Excellent source of points of interest at each exit along the interstates.

 

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AllStays app on iPhone. Great source for camping, fuel, restaurants, dump stations, rest stops, truck stops, and large retail outlets such as Walmart, Cabelas, Lowes, Home Depot, and so on, 

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