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Post 21

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - biggrin Sounds like you both found a really good solution to highway annoyance.

We call those old highways 'blue highways' - because they were marked blue on maps.

There's a good book about one man's journey through the US on this highway system:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Highways

(Bel, you might find this book to read.smiley - winkeye)


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aka Bel - A87832164

I'll make a note, Dmitri, thanks. smiley - biggrin


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Post 23

Array

always used to get me the sheer number of people who simply don't seem to consider other routes than their main one. Over 9 years of commuting 40 miles each way to work (although prob only 6 of that on the roads) I got to learn quite a bit of the layout of the area between home and work. Usually of the 'lets see where that goes' type exploration and suddenly finding a whole different way of getting from A to B (via Z smiley - winkeye )

But the funniest one is the motorway and 'satnav syndrome' where they all sit patiently in their cars following the little green arrow on the screen in front of them. Even if it is pointing at a traffic jam. Number of times I was sat on M6 in a jam and turned off at the next junction, drove some A and B roads to rejoing several junctions higher up after the cause of the jam. And yet I'd be the only person on those roads, or near enough. But hey satnav didn;t say 'take the next turn left' so they don;t.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Since I live on one of those alternate highways, I prefer that people stick to the satnav. smiley - rofl Ever since I-40 was blocked one day, they all found the alternate route. smiley - cross

And now it takes me 5 whole minutes to get out of my housing complex and onto the main road. smiley - laugh


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Post 25

Array

oh I can fully understand that as well!
Both from the pov of me as commuter using them to avoid jams - I still remember yelling 'shut up! SHUT UP!' at the radio one day because some idiot had phoned to say, live on air, anyone stuck in the area should use this alternative route -the very route I was using! Thence onwards it was almost as bad as the motorway itself!

On the flip side though, having lived halfway along one of those routes in pre-satnav days when you'd always get a couple of people following you on the basis of 'looks like he knows where he is going', it is rather amusing to see their confusion when you simply onto your driveway and leave them stranded in the middle of nowhere! smiley - rofl


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Post 26

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - rofl Just follow that car...


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Post 27

aka Bel - A87832164

We've done that a few imes - usually when we were stuck in Hamburg. smiley - rofl


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Post 28

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - rofl Do Hamburgers give good directions?


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Post 29

Minorvogonpoet

Dmitri, can I ask a stupid question:

When's your deadline?

I'm off to France, so saving the world will have to wait until we've mowed the lawn, picked the fruit, cut back the hedges and drunk a few glasses of smiley - redwine.


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Post 30

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - wow That sounds like a way to save the world, right there. All we need is a good orchard and a bottle of wine.

No deadline at all. smiley - biggrin As long as the planet doesn't blow up, we'll be here - and we definitely want to hear from you. smiley - hug


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