Notes from driving across America
I've just returned from a marathon drive to Jamestown from the Midwest. Here are a few observations from along the way:
• Gas prices ranged from a low of $2.66 per gallon in Kentucky to $3.15 on the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. Interested in filling your tank with biofuel? A mixture that is 90 percent ethanol sells for $1.99 a gallon in northern Indiana.
• Country music stations dominate the radio the further west one travels. There are also more Spanish language stations.
• Early splashes of autumn colors are evident on the trees.
• Deer are plentiful everywhere, even on the interstate highways. One eager buck nearly had his rack mounted on the hood of our vehicle.
• The folks in the Midwest are hoping for rain. Farmers are making hay and picking soybeans. The corn crop doesn't look so good.
• No matter which road you choose, it seems that the maintenance and construction crews are working overtime to complete their projects before winter sets in. There's lots of bridge work underway, too, especially in Pennsylvania.
• People are complaining about property taxes. In Indiana and Ohio, there's a groundswell of talk about replacing the property taxes with higher sales taxes.
• Highway driving is not the same everywhere. The newer high speed roads are safer and easier to drive than those early interstates built 30 to 50 years ago. The older highways tend to be narrow.
Dorothy Gale in the Wizard of Oz said it best - no matter where you travel, there's no place like home.
- Jeff McDonough