Commuting I-95

This is about the same distance as between Washington DC and New York.


The ice along that route is about five feet thick. Should be no problem for a small boat! More vodka!


DMI Modelled ice thickness

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54 Responses to Commuting I-95

  1. RAH says:

    And their sailing route looks about as screwed up as trying to drive that stretch of I-95. I-95 between Richmond, VA and Boston, MA is most certainly one of the most stinking armpits to drive in this country. I hate it when I have to drive any portion of it at any time other that the wee hours of the morning and even then it can be a real pain because of construction.

    • Gail Combs says:

      AMEN, RAH

      We drove it pulling a trailer multiple times when moving from the Boston Area to NC. If we want to visit family (Mine in the NYC area and Hubby’s in MA or Maine) we have to drive it again…. YUCK! Needless to say we do not go visiting family much.

    • Douglas Rogalla says:

      i always enjoyed my commute into the District (not); at least I would smile as I passed the I-95 exit for Dumfries and Manassas. I always said that is where the dumasses get off. :)

      • sam says:

        I always thought that for some reason the fries jumped out of the oil in the town and you could not get them at McD’s

    • cdquarles says:

      I’ve driven on I-95, though it was two decades ago since I drove on it north of Richmond and south of Philadelphia. The last time I did it, I drove right past the Pentagon. I pulled a car back from southern Virginia back home for my nephew’s business a couple of years ago. I drove on a small part of I-95 that time, in North Carolina. I drove more on I-40. I like visiting, but I’m so glad that I don’t have to live there (same as California … glad we left 54 years ago).

  2. Gail Combs says:

    O/T Hitlery adds another one to her Body Count. Are we at 60 yet? Or is it over 100…

    … Best known for his investigate research on the Clintons, Thorn wrote the Clinton trilogy—three definitive works that delved into the history of the power couple including their sordid scandals, Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults of multiple women, and the drug running out of Mena, Arkansas while Clinton was governor of the state….

    So that makes five convenient deaths recently including a conservative Supreme Court Justice.

    • Gail Combs says:

      And Yes, I know Victor is a full on nutter with a warped perspective but if he was digging solid provable facts that were dangerous his interpretation would not matter. All that would matter is he got too close as others who have died did.

  3. Jim Hunt says:

    What makes you think that “the ice along that route is about five feet thick” Tony?

    Or that that is the route they intend to take for that matter?

    • Lawrenec13 says:

      Jim all due respect but what is the purpose of this so called expedition. Please try and answer for once.

      Now remember that film about Dian Fossey and the great Silverbacks

      “Gorillas in the Mist”

      Well James Cameron can make one about this adventure.

      “Global Warmer on the Piss”

      • EternalOptimist says:

        The Russians have a saying, ‘Близо́к локото́к, да не уку́сишь.’

        ‘Your elbow is close. but just try biting it’

    • wizzum says:

      Jim, Without an icebreaker escort it is suicidal to sail into an area with ice to the south and north where a change in wind from either direction may close the area off completely.
      Realistically you need to stay on the south side of the ice edge so their route is set, there is no other option.

      • EternalOptimist says:

        which is why they were hoping for winds from the south. Do try to keep up Jim

      • Andy DC says:

        Considering that both the NE and NW Passage were traversed over 100 years ago, without modern technology or the help of icebreakers, your dubious crew has done a great job proving that there has NOT been significant warming. It is so great in a debate when the other side proves that you are right!

        With the sun now slowly setting in the Arctic, I suspect that the situation is not going to improve very much with time.

        • Jason Calley says:

          Hey Andy! Sailors 100 years ago proved that in some (not all) years the NW and NE passages were open enough to allow ships through. Today, armed with high tech satellite photos, computer models, ice breakers, radio updates and GPS, sailors can now demonstrate that in some (not all) years the NW and NE passages are open enough to allow ships through.

          The huge change in only 100 years is a clear indicator that fossil fuel CO2 is causing catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.

      • AndyG55 says:

        “Realistically you need to stay on the south side of the ice edge so their route is set, there is no other option.”

        And hope like heck that the wind doesn’t change to from the north and close off the route while they are attempting it.

        Almost suicidal !!

        • AndyG55 says:

          “Almost suicidal !!”

          Thankfully, their latest blog posts indicate that they also recognise the problem.

          I hope they have seen the sea ice drifting to block them into the little bay they are in.

          Would be such a pity to see them stuck there ;-)

    • AndyG55 says:

      ““the ice along that route is about five feet thick””

      Seems Jimbo can’t even read a simple chart.

      Failed Art’s student ? ZERO maths or science.?

      See that light blue and green in Vilkitsky Strait..

      That is 1.5m – 2.5m thick according to the DMI colours

      They have to get through that somewhere.

      Thick sea ice….. But not as thick as you, though.. is it, Jimbo. !!

    • Sunsettommy says:

      Wow, there are still ice around in the summer?

      I thought several Arctic eggspurts said it was supposed to be all gone by now…..

      Should be easy to travel by all kinds of boats and ships now……

    • Griff says:

      The southern route thru the NW passage shows as ice free from 31st July…;topic=762.0;attach=33727;image

      Northern routes clearing…

      • David Smith says:

        I think Griff is a Wadhams fan.
        “It’s all going to melt by tomorrow. Trust me, I’m an expert. We’re all going to die!!!!”

        Get a grip please Griff

      • AndyG55 says:

        Thing is Griff.. Its on the other side… And the boat isn’t.

        Do at least try toget some very basic geographical perspective, young clueless one.

        • AndyG55 says:

          The cruise ship might have a chance if they get their timing right. DMI has it still closed as of 1st Aug. Cloud over the whole region, so hard to see the reality.
          The image at you use misses a lot of football field size stuff.. good luck with that.

      • AndyG55 says:

        Also note.. Will be accompanied by an Ice Breaker.

        • Rud Istvan says:

          Sort of. That is the new British reseach vessel. Not big enough to carve a passage for the cruise ship. I bet they will pay to have one of the large Canadian ice breakers at the usual ice choke points if necessary. They dont set off until mid August and plan to end by mid September.

          • AndyG55 says:

            They do say …

            “Crystal Serenity will be accompanied by the icebreaker RRS …..etc”

            I shoulda done more fact finding. ;-)

            It nice to see some navigation possible after the recovery from the EXTREME sea ice levels of the late 1970’s.

          • Analitik says:

            Too bad Boaty McBoatface isn’t ready, yet.

  4. Griff says:

    Ice concentration 75% and dropping along the route…

    and the thickness is less than half a meter by the chart above…

    • Lawrenec13 says:

      Oh goody, if the wind doesn’t switch to the North a piece of cake then. Why they could do it inebriated.

    • wizzum says:

      Griff, have you ever been on any type of vessel in the arctic or even had a conversation with somebody who has?

      No-one is going into that sort of ice concentration without an ice breaker, maybe not even then.

    • AndyG55 says:

      Chart above doesn’t show thickness, bozo.

  5. Lawrenec13 says:

    I can see it now.

    ‘Brave expedition just fails the prove the NE passage is open due to AGW as the Northabout was pulled over by the police and the whole crew were arrested for drunken sailing’ . Party Poopers

  6. CheshireRed says:

    This is the clearest proof yet of man made climate change caused by global warming. Melted run-off from the collapsing Greenland ice sheet is sliding across saline sea water and freezing solid, locking Russia in its icy grip. America will be next. This is unprecedented. All natural Arctic ice has catastrophically melted due to catastrophic global warming, leaving only man-made ice there instead. This is worse than previously thought and is projected to be really really bad by the end of the century. Polar bears will still die. Send more money, now.

  7. Lawrenec13 says:

    Hey Tony.

    You don’t like cars so have you ever thought of circumventing the Arctic on a push bike. Man proves ice is still there and all sea ice is cyclical ;-)

  8. Andy says:

    Not followed this closely but they definitely would have better luck on the NW passage

    They would be better off with a hovercraft on that route….


  9. Brian D says:

    Get a good look at the Laptev ice because it will be nothing but clouds again for many days. Winds could be in there favor starting Thurs. Weather pattern will be stormy for that area though, as low pressure is forecast to dominate the Laptev/N. Pole region for a few days. If ice conditions do become favorable, the weather may be the bigger issue. Guess we’ll see what happens, and what they decide.

  10. Svend Ferdinandsen says:

    there seems to be some boats to the east of their place, but not many and not small.

    • AndyG55 says:

      They are just around the Dikson, Sabetta Ob River Estuary region servicing the gas ports up there.

      Not many seem likely to head into the Vilkitsky /Laptev area.

      • AndyG55 says:

        Its fun looking up these places in google images

        Here is an interesting one google images for “Yar-Salé Russia”, near the Ob River delta.

        I do have to wonder how google search gets some of the images from the search terms.. totally unrelated.

  11. Lawrenec13 says:

    Oh well . there seems to have been another update from H-Adams and now instead of them going to meet the sea-ice , the sea-ice is apparently coming to meet them

    “Last night was slightly more windy in our Cove. My anchor watch was pretty boring, and was well pleased to creep into my sleeping bag. At 4am Constance woke me, bits of floating ice all around. I thought she was pissed, so got up in my boxers. She was right, with the change of direction of wind, we had lots of bits of loose ice all around the boat, and worryingly, congregating around the anchor chain. ”

    But never mind as long as there is moonlight, vodka and dance, lets face the sea-ice and prance.

    “A big day in Russia today; Paratrooper day, so Vodka comes out for our Comrades. Also, this is a unique day for the boat.”

    But never fear the latest sea ice charts are out

    “So we have waited all day for our Ice charts. Sat photos in from friends around the World. Well the latest as you can see, massive changes in just a few days. We could probably get to the tip of the straight, but our charts then show solid ice. It would probably take us a day, as some of it would be through 4 to 6/10 ice. Some ice free.

    But the forecast is the wind changing direction tonight, it would drive the pack onto us slowly going up the coast, with Zero shelter.”

    So we have gone from

    ‘lets face the Ice Floes and Prance’ to ‘Lets call the whole thing off’.

    • AndyG55 says:

      If you look at the pic below,

      The Layabout is about at the red dot

      If the wind blows the loose sea ice circled in light blue as shown by the arrow…

      then they could easily be STUCK in their little bay.

      Already getting some floating ice around them.

      I would be upping anchor quick sharp and heading outta there via the yellow arrow.

      Back to Murmansk.

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        Back to Murmansk? No way! Onward, adventurers!

        Whilst at anchor, the boat is a hive of activity; repairs, cleaning, studying ice charts, plotting our course, cooking, cleaning, snoozing, fishing and never ending banter!

        The clock is ticking, the ice charts are due in at 6pm, the bottle of Mamont vodka has been produced, time to toast safe onwards on our voyage. One thing for sure ….. Northabout and her crew are definitely raring to go!

    • Douglas Kubler says:

      The rowers in 2013 (Mainstream First Last) nearly went under when awakened by ice. The ice was riding up on the anchor line and they narrowly avoided going under by cutting the line. The Northabout should weigh anchor.

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