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Slipping Off the Interstate Into Quieter Times Gone By...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Many people live nearby a road such as the one I cycled today...Route 7 used to be a major highway between Binghamton and Albany. However years ago Interstate 88 was put in to be a speedier major spoke for our travel through the Northeast.

Today I had the pleasure of traveling up Route 7 from Binghamton to Oneonta and discovered that:

---I had the road almost ALL to myself! Everyone was traveling the Interstate! Woo Hoo!

---Route 7 was somtimes like a parallel universe, traveling back into time where diners are the rule and fast food is the exception. I discovered the little burg of Unadilla has a live, functioning drive-in theater! A place where Nooks were what lovers found in each other and Kindled flames of romance, rather than to get lost in a myriad of yet more gadgets. Produce stands filled with fresh fruits and veggies grown in back yards with a trusting coffee can for customers to drop their payment. Backyard barbeques wafted out to the road for me to enjoy the aroma of family gatherings...

---There were pleasant surprises such as innovative manufacturers of solar powered equipment and biomass pellets for pellet stoves.

---The towns that used to have a bar or tavern every other block have replaced them with Ice Cream Shops...ugh! Trading one vice for another...lol! and can someone explain why was it during our travels down in the HOT SOUTH of this country other than the occasional DQ, there were next to NO ice cream shops...? Is this a northern phenomenon...?

Although a little cloudy at times and a cool high-60's, it was SUCH a pleasant day for a 56 mile road trip on my bike!

The weather taking such a turn during Labor Day weekend really makes it feel like summer is all but over...which I plan to fight tooth and nail...! Some Labor Days feel like just a teensy speed bump to a summer which still has a lot of life left...sadly this year it just doesn't have that feeling. I hope I'm SO WRONG! :-)

So hey, if you live nearby a road like Route 7 and haven't traveled it in a while take a break and walk, jog, bike or even a ride in your car and surprise yourself with a little time travel down the memory lane in YOUR neighborhood!

Have a super Labor Day weekend everyone!

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  • _VALEO_
    Oh, it is funny that you mention Route 7. Seems like every country has its "Route 7."

    We have our "Nationale 7," --not so many take it anymore because we now have a highway to go the south of France. Nationale 7 is as you describe your Route 7: "a parallel universe, traveling back into time." There is even an old song about this road.

    Glad you enjoyed it! Now I want to take our Nationale 7, and head for the South!
    2734 days ago
    Ooo I'll have to check that out. I'm not up for that long of a ride yet, but maybe someday in the car. As for the ice cream shops...I've wondered the same thing. My doctor said that ice cream tends to be the number one comfort food, and people tend to go for it when they're depressed...and the winter tends to make people depressed. Who knows if that is right but its a thought.
    2743 days ago
    Great blog, Don! Im off tomorrow and think I'll go exploring!!
    2748 days ago
    That sounds absolutely heavenly. Did you do it alone? I love the "blue highways" for biking or road-tripping!

    Thanks for the fabulous descriptions!

    Blessed be!
    2748 days ago
    I had a good weekend too...
    2749 days ago
    That sounds like such an appealing and interesting ride! I share your concerns about summer from the other side of the country... soggy and gray here! I'm having summer withdrawals!
    2750 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    back at you with your wishes..........
    great to hear about your bike trips...
    blessings and hugs............lita
    2750 days ago
    Same to you, Don! and a good new week to follow!
    2750 days ago
    I have traveled that route by car many times...it is a beautiful trip. Glad you enjoyed the splendor!
    2750 days ago
    Sounds wonderful, Don! So nice to see the trip through your eyes. Thanks for the reminder of simpler days gone by.
    2751 days ago
    I love to hear of your trips. They remind me that there can be another world off the hamster wheel.
    2751 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Sounds like you're really enjoying your bike this year
    2751 days ago
    It sounds to me like you time-traveled back to when life was so much simpler. I miss those days!
    2751 days ago
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