Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Taste of Travel & Geography


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  1. Currently reading the Game of Thrones series and I think I've consulted the Westeros map at least ten times. Occasionally find myself wishing there was some sort of teleportation device/spell (forget the King's Road! just go home, damn it!).

  2. Professor I. M. DummerJune 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Ah Kat! You must learn how to travel. Getting there can be the best part of the adventure. Having the time to travel in style can be problematic, since extra time is an absolute requirement. First and foremost; Avoid the slab! Our interstate highway system is great for point A to B, but about as exciting as watching paint dry. Interstates are like Walmarts, you seen one, you seen them all. To see and experience America you gotta take the two lane. Which is always slower, which is where the extra travel time comes in. I promise it will be worth it! Actually with a bit of preplanning and a good map it doesn't in many cases take that much longer. If you are spending 4-5 hours on the road whats an extra hour? Especially if it makes the ride fun vs boring? You get to see so much Americana on the backroads. The vistas and landscapes can be breathtaking! The sights, especially to an author, or film maker, can be inspiring. Besides in many cases the interstate can be the longer route. Sure it gets you there fast, but if taking it adds 50 miles to the journey, is it really any faster? Shortest distance between two points is always a straight line. Taking a back road with a 50 mph speed limit that goes exactly where you want to go, can get you there just as fast or faster than a 65-70 mph freeway that you have to backtrack to, or from, to get to your destination. Besides being scenic the backroad can be cheaper, shorter distance, slower speed, less gas burned. See the landscape much like it was 100 yrs ago. Just something to think about.