To those of you who know and remember that for the last few months I have been blogging on the road, I arrived home late last night after 8,330.8 logged miles on this driving trip. It was quite an experience and a cherished one.
Some random observations.
All across America people are upset with a political congress and would like to replace all of them. This observation has nothing to do with the Health Care bill or the Tea-Party coalition. It has to do with a lack of courtesy and partisan vitriol. I know, I asked.
The roads are smooth in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and parts of Missouri.
The roads need attention and repair in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania. New York has some problems with road surface too.
Semi-Tractor Trailer trucks should not try to pass another truck on a steep hill or any road with 3% inclines. I counted 18 attempts that backed up car traffic for a quarter of a mile. It is discourteous and dangerous and causes frustrated drivers to take unnecessary chances.
If I criticize the truck passing, I must also compliment the truckers for their safety and courtesy for stopped vehicles along the road. They would pull out and give space to stopped vehicles or to police. Bravo!
And “NO”, they don’t always eat at the best places.
Could America invent or develop a nutritious restaurant at the interchanges besides the usual fast and greasy food eateries?
The lowest price for a hotel/motel bed and breakfast across America was $32.95 and the highest was $139.00 in the hinterland. Why the difference in cost? Both offer a clean bed, a shower, breakfast and Internet access. Marketing I guess.
One state’s speed limit is 75 and another 70 and then another 65. The roads are the same. Why the difference? They are all part of the federal interstate system and I am not talking about going through cities where the speed limit should be less.
Many thanks to all of you for tuning in to this adventure. I may have more observations as I think of them. In the meantime the old eclectic footnotes and commentary returns tomorrow.
Did I mention a lot of people want to replace individuals in Congress with people who can get along? Somebody better tell Congress to make nice nice.