While many of you are enjoying, or suffering, from what mother nature is delivering to Litchfield County, I am enjoying some quality time in the farm country of Virginia. I made the over 6 hour trip down Tuesday and I, surprisingly, didn’t hit one ounce of traffic, not even in the always congested New York City! The trip was great as usual. Prior to leaving Torrington, I made sure that my 260,000 mile car was well tuned, and well oiled, for this trip. As a traveler, taking care of my car that can get me to where I want to go is essential, which is probably why it’s still running! I went to Hollings Automotive in the south end of town to fix my brakes, which were pretty beat up, and to finally get my driver side mirror replaced. Hollings knows cars. These are the go to guys in town, and best of all they offer incredibly reasonable prices, even better than all those big guys out there.
Once my car was repaired in a timely manner, it was time to pack up and hit the road. I left around 8AM on Tuesday, noting that I would miss any major traffic on he DC beltway, which is always crowded. As I left Litchfield County and made the trip across state lines, I enjoyed the sights along the way. Some of the best sights were in New York City as I was on the Hutchinson Parkway which then led me to cross the George Washington Bridge. It’s always amazing to see such old architecture, and you don’t have to look far to find it. The bridges of the city are absolutely fascinating with all of it’s great brick arches.
Once I left the city, it was time to hit the Jersey Turnpike, and since I have the EZ-Pass, getting through the tolls was a breeze. New Jersey has never been my favorite part of the ride. It’s long, it’s daunting, and worst of all, these people have no clue how to drive. Prepare to ride the brakes. These people will fly around you without signal lights. Keeping your eye on the road is absolutely essential. There is a section of road, however, where keeping your eye on the road is hard as you peer your eyes to the sky. Newark Airport is located right next to the turnpike and planes are literally flying over you, very low too! It’s wild to see as your driving.
Once I left New Jersey and headed for Delaware, I was leaving behind the land of maniacs. Sorry, New Jersey, but your driving makes me nuts! I’m not an aggressive driver, nor will I ever become one. Delaware is relatively a lot calmer, and noting that, it was time to ease my mind from the nerve wracking Jersey part of the ride. I stopped off at the Delaware Welcome Center rest stop. What a place! This place looked, and felt, like an airport. It was complete with futuristic designs, almost like a space ship of sorts. What I didn’t know, however, was that this place was a very eco-friendly place. Everything from the designs, to the way it uses it’s water, even to the way it lights it’s building, is completely geared to ensuring that it is doing it’s part to protect the environment. I was impressed. More places should do this. We only live in one world, and it’s important that we work to protect it.
While Delaware was great, I had to pursue the rest of my travel before it reached peak traffic time in the capital district. I passed many great places, including the historic Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Delaware Memorial Bridge, and the most interesting destination, the Fort McHenry Tunnel. This tunnel is a destination that everyone should experience. The tunnel is almost completely under water in Maryland. I’m not exactly sure why they didn’t just make a bridge, but the tunnel is certainly interesting to travel in, which you’re driving in for almost five minutes! I know that doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you’re driving under water, it’s enough.
Then, as I made my way past Maryland and past the Washington, DC Beltway, I finally made it to Virginia! When you’re driving by yourself, this is a very long ride. It was great to see the welcome sign, though I knew I was still at least 2 hours from my actual destination, but once I drove through Interstate 95, and made my way past military bases, and past small cities, I finally made it to farm country. This is certainly God’s country out here. The late day sun radiated the landscape and made everything look like gold, even the lush green grass and early spring pastures. I’m glad to be here. Virginia is where most of my family lives, including my father. It’s like a second home in a sense. I’ve spent many years out here enjoying what simplicity the countryside offers, and with family, it’s even better.