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Family Traveling From Fairfax to Richmond Leaves Now to Make It in Time for Christmas

FAIRFAX, Va. — Determined to make it to her mother’s house in Richmond by Christmas morning, Lydia Manderson and her family are leaving their Fairfax County home right now, sources confirmed Sunday.

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Manderson, 42, of West McLean, insisted her husband Steve and two children depart immediately or run the risk of getting stuck in Northern Virginia’s infamous 20-mile long traffic snarls for at least a week.

“I’m hell-bent on not repeating last year,” Manderson said. “It was a complete nightmare, the Woodbridge P. F. Chang’s is no place to spend the holidays. Even though there’s a pandemic going on, we don’t know how bad the holiday rush may be this year, so we’re not taking any chances.”

In addition to luggage, gifts, and her famed black-eyed pea hash, Manderson reportedly filled her Honda Pilot with pillows, blankets, and enough food to survive the 110-mile journey to Richmond. Sources close to the family also confirmed that Steve Manderson was bringing a portable hotspot so he can work from the car in case the trip stretches beyond his pre-approved vacation time. They also packed an iPad pre-loaded with Peppa Pig episodes for their kids, as well as several empty milk jugs in case someone has to use the bathroom.

“We cannot afford to make any stops,” Manderson stressed. “Even if it’s the highway rest stop in Fredericksburg, you run a huge risk. If we lose our place it could add days — maybe even weeks — to our arrival time.”

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While the Manderson family is determined and has planned far in advance, there is one thing that is working against them: the lack of an E-ZPass.

“Steve refuses to get an E-ZPass because he doesn’t want the government tracking him,” Manderson said. “So we are basically relegated to sitting in regular lanes on 95 like a bunch of savages.”

At press time, Manderson and her husband were stuck on I-95 and reportedly debating whether or not it would be faster to get on Route 1 at Occoquan to try and continue their journey south. “We did all the right things,” Manderson sobbed as their vehicle inched forward. “Steve left early and we even took back roads to avoid 495. Now we’re about to call our family in Richmond to tell them we may be later than expected.”

“There’s just no telling what kind of hell awaits you on this highway,” she added.

7 Comments on Family Traveling From Fairfax to Richmond Leaves Now to Make It in Time for Christmas

  1. Mama will be pleased. Mama’s task when you leave. . . the cleanup she faces after she wipes away the tears.

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  2. Karen Jessen // December 20, 2020 at 5:19 pm // Reply

    Seriously 5 days to drive 100 miles? This must be a joke!

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  3. We drive from Springfield to Dale City on Wednesdays for skating practice at Prince William Ice Center. Prior to COVID, we had to leave when my daughter got out of school at 2:30pm to ensure we were not late for off ice at 7:15pm. Yes, we were there early, but if we DIDN’T leave on time, 5 minutes late could very well cost us 30-45 minutes of sitting in traffic on 95 South.
    And when we come home at 9:15pm? Route 95 South is STILL bumper to bumper from the Beltway to past Dale City.
    So, no…..if her husband refuses to get an Easy Pass, I do NOT think this is a joke at all.
    I wish this family safe travels and a good deal of luck.
    Oh, and if her husband thinks the government tracks him through an EasyPass, what does he think they do through a WiFi HOTSPOT?!?! DUH!!!

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  4. Glory Days on Lorton is an option.

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  5. This a joke right? Umm sir you’ve already registered your car, the government knows where you live. And why wouldn’t you just take the EZ pass out of your car when you’re not using it? Also you guys just told the world (including the government) you’re going to Richmond. Lastly I see you have an iPad. I’d be more worried about apple tracking you and selling your info than the government from an EZ pass.

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  6. Stephen Fowler // December 21, 2020 at 9:22 am // Reply

    Fake drama.

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