Thursday, October 2, 2008

Road Rage and Leaf Peepers

Living here in the Adirondacks, one experiences a different kind of road rage than city dwellers. Rage against tourists.  On my daily drive to work it is common to experience a vehicle in front of you driving between 25-40 mph while in a 55 zone, especially during leaf peeping season. 

I am not talking about winter driving, because I am known to be very cautious in bad conditions.  I understand that the drive from Jay to Lake Placid on Rt. 86 is gorgeous, it is a reason why I chose to make this area my home, but for some reason when becoming a tourist in a far away land, you become oblivious to those behind you that are trying to get to and from work.  

The other night after work, there was a vehicle from Minnesota in front of me that was literally driving 35 mph .  So I called on my cell phone (yes, illegally) my coworker behind me to tell her that this was going to be a long drive home.  The universe must have been listening to our conversation because the MN van pulled over!   Of course, two miles later there was a vehicle from New Jersey driving about 40 mph in a 55 zone and loved hitting their brakes every curve. One can really calculate how oblivious the tourist driver is by counting how many cars there are behind them.  This car had 6 vehicles in their rear view mirror and didn't even know it.  Not the worst case I've seen, once this summer I counted 9!  

So, I beg of you tourist driver, please please please pull over and take some pictures!  I did.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are so right. Your photos prove that if you want to enjoy the leaves in their glory, take some real time to get out and capture by pictures or memory for colder days ahead. We have a monochromatic period of time approaching quickly.