TRANSIENT – DRIVING THE LONG ROADS

In motion and moving on. Almost everything is transient, from the clouds in the sky to the swirling leaves falling from the trees. But, in the end, when I think “transient” I think “travel.” And in this country, mostly, that means driving endless miles of highway.

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16 thoughts on “TRANSIENT – DRIVING THE LONG ROADS

    • And you don’t seem to suffer from massive traffic jams, either … and you aren’t usually in a hurry to get to an appointment. A lovely back road is a great place to be for taking pictures. It isn’t a great place to be when you are trying to get to the hospital.

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      • We have massive traffic jams, especially in summer when the tourists all drive through Switzerland to get to Italy and our roads are being repaired, because they cannot repair them in Winter in the snow and icel

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        • I feel your pain. This USED to be a tourist area, but isn’t anymore. Now, just farms and homes. There used to be all tourist cabins around all the ponds and lakes. We used to summer down on the Cape … all beach and islands. Eventually, traffic became SO bad, it wasn’t worth trying to get there on a weekend … and many times, not even during the week. Small narrow roads in an area made for fishing boats and now, it’s a massive tourist area.

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    • Your favorite for what? Not getting where you need to be. People think that’s true, but you would find out soon enough that it ain’t. I used to work in Newton. On the main road, it should have taken about 40 minutes. Route 16 was the “other” road. It took about three hours. Now we aren’t talking about a leisurely drive on Sunday afternoon. We’re talking about a tired woman who has been working for 9 hours and wants to go home, take her shoes off, and relax. Tell me how cool that three hour drive would seem at that point.

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  1. Road trips are a thing of the past, for us . If you went on one of those highways here, you might as well put your car in park and go for a hike. The traffic is horrendous. Lovely photos, Marilyn. The photos actually make it look like a pleasant way to travel.
    Leslie

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    • It can be, assuming everything is not backed up due to construction on the roads. But it’s no way to actually go anywhere you need to be on time or even on the same day. Locally, assuming they have not torn the roads up again, you can tootle around with little traffic. Stop, take a pictures, rattle along. When you have to be at the vet or the doctor or any other appointment, you need to leave an insanely long period of time because if traffic backs up — and it only takes one car with a flat to back the road up for miles — you can be sitting in the car for hours. Worse, we don’t have a lot of roads. There’s only ONE road that takes you from our town to all the others along the east-west angle of the state. Route 16. It isn’t even a nice road. It’s just a very busy two lane road from which you cannot escape.

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  2. The highways of the Midwest are much more forgiving for road trips. I enjoyed the pilgrimages I made to all of the Midwestern ballparks over the last decade, though the last one was a 700 mile drive to Arlington, Texas that did me in on trying to plan trips to parks farther away. It definitely beats flying… I won’t be getting on a metal bird ever again!

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    • If we were a little bit younger, we might try a real cross country excursion. But we get very tired after a few hours in the car and Garry, at 75, is not fond of driving anymore. We think about it. I just don’t know if we’ll actually DO it.

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