Travel themes: Roads

What could be more appropriate for a habitual traveler than pictures of roads? That’s what Ailsa wants from us this week.

HighwaysGeologyDemoEvery so often as you drive through Pennsylvania you pass a really gorgeous geology cross-section. This one is especially striking because the road is fairly new, and nothing has tried to grow down the rock face yet.

HighwaysAmishBachelorLast summer in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we drove past this unmarried young Amish man. How do I know he’s single? Until they’re married, Amish bachelors are only allowed to drive open wagons like this, so the whole community can keep an eye on the young men and their girlfriends.

HighwaysCorfuThis road zigzags its way up a cliff of little towns to get to the top of the world, or at least the top of the island of Corfu – my husband had a lot of fun changing gears to get around every switchback. Once it finishes climbing, the road is so used to changing direction that it just goes on looping across the landscape.

11 responses to “Travel themes: Roads

  1. Terrific pictures! I got a kick out of hearing about what young unmarried Amish guys can drive, that’ll keep them out of trouble 😉

  2. Fantastic how the layers have formed on the rock! never knew taht abouth the Amish wagons, they are clever aren’t they? Three great examples 🙂

    • Thanks, Gilly! Rocks – we hardly ever stop to think about what’s out of sight under our feet, but there they are stacked up and crumpled into hills 😉 As for the Amish, they’re very practical people with somewhat different goals than most of us (actually, one of their goals is to be different from most of us)!

  3. Nice education about the Amish. When I was a child i remember going through Pennsylvania I think. Are there tunnels under some of the mountains?

    • Yes – I think there’s one tunnel on the “Northeast Extension” of the turnpike (the spur that goes from Philadelphia to Scranton), and on the main east-west line of the turnpike there are two tunnels. Well, one is a double tunnel that very briefly comes out into a tiny forested valley before heading into the mountain again, so you could sort of say there are three – but only two names among them.

  4. I’ve seen too many place on my way to Philly where there are gorgeous shots waiting to be taken but there are no safe places to stop!


  5. Loved this one…so do married men only drive carriages that are closed ???

    • Yes – they drive around in tall black buggies, generally with two or three small children in straw hats (boys) or black bonnets (girls) peeping out the back. (The Amish have lots of children.)

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