I’ve driven about a 1,000 miles in the past 5 days, through 5 states, and so far it’s been an amazing trip. You can see it all on my Facebook (link here), and I’ve copied some of my favorite photos below.
Highlights have been:
– Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. For hundreds of miles this perfectly maintained road snakes around the Appalachian Mountains, with breathtaking vistas at every turn. Such a great drive too: only gentle curves perfect for an American automobile.
– Familiar faces in unfamiliar places. It’s one thing to see everyone when they visit Amsterdam, but another to see people in their own environments out here. It’s great to meet up with Sophia (and Aaron) and Matt in their cities and see how they’re doing.
– Driving in general. It’s great when you’re barefoot, with cruise control set to 75, taking it all in at my own pace. My car is quiet but has enough engine to haul ass which is a lot of fun too. Skipping the Interstates means that it takes a lot longer to get places, but the secondary roads have so much color they can’t be missed.
– Route 221. If you have a vehicular deathwish, this is the place to go. The 221 North from Linville to Blowing Rock, NC is a half hour of sheer terror. It’s either steeply up- or downhill, with no straight parts, only sharp S-curves and hairpins with banks high enough to tip over your car. And no shoulder or guardrails either to keep you away from the ravine that’s directly beside the road. Even the locals don’t want to drive there.
Here’s some photos, click to see them in high resolution:
Next update will talk about Washington DC, North Carolina, and Savannah Georgia. I’m going back to freaking out about the game tomorrow.