Trying to stay off the interstates as long as possible. Once I get closer to home they’re unavoidable. Making tracks across Route 6 in Pennsylvania.
Do kids who live in rural areas (the kind of towns where houses are like a half a mile apart) go trick or treating?
While riding in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois I’ve been encountering long stretches of road with sparse housing, especially in farming areas. It makes me wonder what life is like for children that don’t have immediate neighbors. Of course my NY-metro suburbanite is showing when I ask such things but I really have no idea.
I wonder too if easy access to the world at large via the internet makes small town kids more inclined to want to get away from their surroundings. The whole world is right at their fingertips, every second of every day. There was a time when they didn’t know what they were missing unless they saw it on TV or in a book. But now it’s everywhere, especially with social sharing.
Maybe seeing all that makes them want to stay put all the more.
Today I met a man in Metropolis, Illinois who had moved away from town 30 years earlier. He recently returned after his wife of 40 years divorced him. He told me he wants nothing to do with city life. He just wants to buy a few acres in the country and have some horses. “I can take or leave the city,” he said. “I go the grocery store then get the hell out.”
I guess there are no concrete answers. Except for maybe on that trick or treat thing.
Sharing is Sexy
Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if I am traveling to lose myself… or to find myself.
Maybe it’s both? Maybe the very act of shedding your 9-5 skin is finding yourself.