@ThatsHeadly I’ve actually been to Jerome. Unfortunately it was on 4 wheels. Been discussing a tour through Utah with some friends. Round trip from Salt Lake, down to Moab, across to Zion, and back. I don’t like riding around here anymore, the people are just too ignorant on the roads.
I would like it, but not my thing because I tend to drowse so I have to stop every 45 minutes (I can’t have caffeine due to it causes me migraines and shortness of breathe). While I can usually make 2-3 of those stops interesting (tourist site/lunch), more often it is me doing jumping jacks and other spastic-looking things in a rest stop/random parking lot.
@thewindsofsong have you ever been checked for narcolepsy? It’s not about crash-falling asleep like many think. It’s about EDS excessive daytime sleepiness. I finally got diagnosed and it’s life changing. I used to have the same problem with long drives as well.
I do it fairly frequently. I enjoy it. Sometimes stopping for a meal on your own isn’t as much fun but many times I’ve not sat alone anyway. Many times (happened even just 2 wks ago) when being seated someone will come up and say… “hey, I’m sitting alone and you’re sitting alone, do you mind if I join you?” And I’m like… sure, why not. Always some interesting conversations with some interesting strangers.
I’ve driven from NC to TX; from Alaska to CA (tho this one wasn’t alone-you don’t want to drive the Al-Can highway alone in January); FL to Maine and back; CA to TX; TX to FL; FL to SC then to TN; TN to Hot Springs AR and back with a detour to Graceland for two days! And several trips from TN to NC and back to see family-this is a great drive through the Smoky Mountains. In two years I want to full time RV by myself (plus two little dogs). I love the road hence the Gypsi in my screen name.
long is of course relative, but for this RI native i did enjoy the 4-5 hour trips to see a friend in vermont for awhile. back then no podcasts or even ipods, but rather a fat book of cds to choose from
@jerk_nugget also as long as it’s during daylight. hate driving at night as i seem to be part of a dying breed that doesn’t drive an SUV and/or a vehicle with high beam level LED headlights. been several times where i basically couldn’t see at all. protip: lights like that in a city atmosphere are actually more dangerous, not safer, doubly so if you’re gonna tailgate or drive alongside someone.
@jerk_nugget Yeah, I really hate those ultra-bright headlights, too. They’re almost as bad as actually having your high beams on.
Fortunately, past a certain hour of the night traffic thins out significantly and it becomes less of an issue.
@Limewater exactly. i also appreciate the stretches of highway where there’s a tall barrier between northbound & southbound, so i don’t have to be blinded from the front and back.
unfortunately in boston there’s rarely a time where there isn’t traffic, but these days the only time i’m on the highway at night is coming to or from visiting my parents in RI so there’s a nice stretch around foxboro where it’s pretty empty. nice to get a breather in between.
@jerk_nugget@Limewater And if you have to go by a cop car at night with his blue light going off the side of the road it’s absolutely blinding. Ticks me off. I was slowly passing by one at night at a wreck and thought I saw something and hit my brakes (country road) and they yelled and waved me on… I could barely see at all… and I saw in my side view mirror… I ran over a kitten because of that. I was sooooo upset and pissed. I hope to one day get that picture out of my brain.
@jerk_nugget@Limewater Active LED headlights are amazing. I don’t know if they’re available/legal over here (we’ve got some dumb, antiquated laws), but my son-in-law has them on his Mercedes in England.
In use, it looks like they are painting black boxes around other cars on the road. I had a hard time convincing my eyes that it was projecting light, and not projecting black.
@f00l@Limewater@lseeber yeah, that’s a tough one because you want to have lights warning people that vehicles are pulled over to avoid an accident, but of course you want the right type of lights. regular hazards would be better than police lights, but they might not be enough in certain areas.
country/back roads are such a pain too because they’re so dark and wind-y and often populated with locals flying down them because they’re used to them, they know them like the back of their hand. and then there’s me, inching along because i can’t see worth a damn because one of them is so close up behind me with their headlights blinding me that i can’t even see the hood of their car. they don’t seem to get that blinding me will only make me go slower, not faster.