Monday, March 20, 2017

Beyond the Thunderdome and other random thoughts

So I thought that driving up on a Sunday would be a good idea, since fewer people drive north on a Sunday, right? Obviously I have not spent enough time on I-95. It was the end of Spring Break AND the end of Bike Week in Daytona so both small cars crammed with college students and motorcycle convoys and trucks pulling trailers with motorcycles were cramming the roads. It did give me the opportunity to make some observations.

1. The best vehicle(s) to travel the American Interstate Highway system in is the Full Size Pickup truck or Full Size SUV. The only thing I had to worry about was some smaller vehicle scratching my paint if they merged into me. THEY on the other hand... Full Mad Max if you know what I mean.

2. City cars such as the Toyota Prius or the Fiat 500 have no place driving 85 MPH on an interstate hwy with said Mad Max vehicles. Even if driven sensibly, which most are not, like moving into the left lane and driving .025 MPH faster than the vehicle you are trying to pass.

3. If you ride a motorcycle and value your life, NEVER ride said motorcycle on a crowded interstate highway. On an 11 hour drive, I saw no less than 2 accidents with bikers on the tarmac and many many more close calls with cars merging over and nearly taking the bikers out. With vehicles running at 80 MPH plus and 20' apart, drivers barely see the cars much less the bikes in their blind spots. Having the right of way is no benefit if you are smeared across the road. (fortunately no photo).

So my purpose here is to record what life is like for a transplanted Floridian who has landed in the Carolina's. I was born in Florida and have lived almost my entire life there. Now I am one of those people who has transplanted themselves to another part of the country. I will no doubt pronounce city names wrong, I will wander around looking for things like a tourist, and I will make the occasional superior judgemental opinionated statement. What I hope to do is record my adventures here for your entertainment. If it is, in fact, entertaining, well I'll let you be the judge of that.

Until next time...

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