Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trucks and Open Road

We did the trip a bit different than we have done in a long time.

We traveled mid-week rather than the day right before a three-day weekend, which in this case would have been Thursday.

After clearing the traffic catastrophe, which is better known as the Baltimore Beltway, we were greeted with relatively open road. And I mean open road like we have not seen in a long time. As the day passed into night, at all of aabout 6PM, the road became almost ours alone--except for a huge number of trucks.

I remember years ago I use to love to drive with the trucks wide open on Interstate 95 heading through Florida. I remember getting behind a truck and literally hauling at speeds of above 80 mph crusing through the open flatlands in my big-engined Ford LTD. That car would didn't really start to cruise until 70 mph. It was built for speed and power.

Last eveniing, we were not cruising a 80, but we were making greeat time because the usual traffic congestion that we face on the trip never materialized. We gianed probably 15 minutes around Harrisburg and another 15 minutes around Wilkes Barre and Scranton.

It was pleasant drive--except for the trucks.

Has anyone noticed they don't drive as well as they used to? I witnessed many that were weaving around and performing fairly aggressive lane changes.

They made me nervous--and I never used to be nervous around truckers.

November roads are dark though. I pity those who do not like to drive after dark because it is dark for so much longer.

And there are so mny trucks. Why aren't we using the rail system more instead of relying on so many long-haul truckers?
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