Saturday, February 23, 2008

Route 93 My Friend; Route 93 My Enemy



Northern New England continues to be a winter-sports-lover's dream. However, for the un-athletic world, well, the dreamy lyrics of the song "Winter Wonderland" faded long ago.

Allow me to clarify for those who haven't once consulted a news source of any kind in the last two months. Once a week, every week, there has been a snowstorm that has exhibited the following characteristics: cold weather resulting in the type of snow that either sticks on a surface or blows around into large, poorly placed piles, the heaviest period of snowfall corresponding with either one or both "rush hour" periods without a plow to be seen, and people in SUVs plowing through these conditions at 70 miles per hour regardless of the presence of two inches of snow on the road surface and dozens of other cars attempting to be careful around them.

What amazes me the most is the fact that major highways upon which hundreds and thousands of people a day drive are many times left to the mercies of Mother Nature to the point that travel on them becomes extremely dangerous. Yesterday, for example, I was driving north on Route 93. All four lanes were covered in powdery snow. I was on the road for about 45 minutes and I did not see one plow, let alone one plow actually physically plowing the road surface. Behind me was miles and miles of traffic--hundreds of cars trying to get a head start on the upcoming vacation week at the many available ski resorts. I counted three rollovers on that stretch--mostly comprised of the "I'm invincible with a car bigger than the average motor home" crowd. It was incredible.

On the other hand, Route 93 is also the most efficient way out of here.

10 comments:

courtney said...

Snow turns people to idiots, doesn't it?

I hope your winter ends soon...

captain corky said...

Here in KY they don't even bother to plow most of the back roads, and this city is not equipped what so ever to deal with snow. It's really lame.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Let's hope the season changes to spring soon.

M@ said...

I AM invincible but only because I grew up in northeastern Vermont and my Volkswagen simply has a better driver than most SUVs with their soccer moms and ballet dads.

I enjoyed competing on my high school's X-Country Ski team as a youth but I'm done w/ that now. I'm on strike until spring begins.

anonymous jones said...

Did you take that photo? I love it! I never feel sorry for people who get snow - cold hearted, I'm sure! But when your garden has gone brown and crispy from endless sun and hot eastern, desert winds then ... well, I suppose I get jealous!

Sri(Lead|Deal) said...

Awesome pic!

Marc e said...

Very nice photo!! I love the snow (as long as I don't have to drive in it)

Christina said...

I had the same thought while trying to get out of Tahoe in a snowstorm recently. Time and technology haven't necessarily helped humans out in certain regards.

Adding my compliments on the photos too, it's great.

booda baby said...

We keep hearing about the Winter That's Lasting Forever and we keep trying to be very sympathetic. We've had some rain, after all. But today? It was 70 plus degrees and 'round these parts, that translates into the sensation of 80.

Suddenly, paying a monthly FORTUNE to live in Santa Barbara while all our friends own sweet little houses - it's okay.

ALoudSilence said...

Yea, traffic stinks and people just get impatient. Still, I sometimes like the thought of waking up in a winter wonderland.
:-)
Nice cherry-in-the-cold picture.