For the record, we do live in Massachusetts (MA) not Maine (ME) or Maryland (MD). However, we are so close to the Connecticut (CT) border that if we're facing north when we sneeze really hard our backsides might go over the border.
We don't go thru Pennsylvania (PA) unless we're headed to the Blue Ridge side of Virginia (VA) or further down the road to North Carolina (NC). Anywhere due south of us involves driving thru CT from the "Quiet Corner" to the New York City area
and along the coast is
until you get south of the DC outerbelt. Because it has taken us over 3 hours to navigate through CT on the worst of days (less that 100 miles) we do allow two days for the drive anywhere south of Richmond, VA. I'm guessing it's about 525 miles from our home to GGs, which for Himself and I is a piece of cake. We can make it from home to home (our place to our daughter's in the Akron/Canton area) in 11 to 12 hours, with one nice lupper break, one gas-up, and a few more stops for potty breaks, and that is 625 miles. We eat a few small things in the car - lots of fruit and veggies, and we split a sandwich once or twice. Still go thru CT but we can swing up above NYC as we head west and so avoid all the bad NYC bridge traffic. When driving alone my highest day's total miles was 420, all in OH and PA. Driving gets SO much easier after you get west of the NY/PA state border or south of DC. Anywhere north and east of that? Won't miss it when we move.
Himself and I are real driving masters. When we moved from OH to MA our son was also scheduled to go out to Arizona (AZ) to start his 2nd year at ASU. In just about two weeks time we drove from OH (645 miles) to MA, back to OH (645), on to AZ (1981) and then, exhaustively, back to MA (2573). 5845 miles. Whew! Piece of cake though, since Himself hadn't been able to go when our son went out for his freshman year so I drove out with our son and his twin sister...and a cell phone. Just the two girls on the way back. Lots of good quality time with my dear daughter.
(A client DEMANDED that Himself handle their software/equipment test, so Himself stayed home and kept company with a friend Jim. Jim Beam. Don't think he noticed we were gone that first night
OK, enough US geography
and mundane details from my life.