An observation on car travel.

November 24th, 2007

Especially at the holidays, it can be far more pleasant to take a little extra time and go a few extra miles on state roads and U.S. Highways rather than battle the traffic and press of the Interstate Highways.

That’s what we did today as we traveled 260 miles from the outskirts of Dallas home to Austin. The worst stretch was the 30 miles we spent on I-45. The best thing about the whole trip was all but avoiding I-35.

Beneficial side effect: more and better places to stop between large cities, which is important when you’re traveling with young children.

2 Responses to “An observation on car travel.”

  1. Mark Says:

    Yeah, the backroads are also nice just because you get to use your brain a bit using the maps, learning about the area, making decisions.

    And back on the interstate, I know it’s almost heresy, but on long car trips I really like driving a bit slower than average. I’ve grown to love cruising at 62-64mph in the right lane and just letting everyone pass me. Much less stressful, only adds about 45 minutes of seat time for every 500 miles. I can live with that.

  2. Tim Walker Says:

    You’re quite right. Driving in Texas, if traffic is light, I’ll set the cruise control at 70 mph; when traffic is heavy, you back it off a little, find a comfortable slot in traffic, and just cruise along there. Lowers the blood pressure considerably.

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