The Road Less Traveled


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

From The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

We needed to drive through the D.C. area the day after their record winter storm this past December.  It seemed like everyone who was delayed the day before was on the road with us.  When we saw the cars stretched before us on I-95, we called ahead to our son in Alexandria.  Ben looked up our route on Google Maps and informed us that the traffic was backed up for ten miles!  So, with Ben on his computer and our other son, Josh, looking at our GPS, we decided to go to Route 1.

What a change of scene!  We were now driving on a pretty country road with light traffic!  Since we had a very long drive ahead of us, we were grateful for an alternate route.  We ended up on Route 1 most of the way into Alexandria and also needed to do the same on our return trip through Georgia.

If you are planning a road trip, go to Google Maps, find your route, and click on the “Traffic” button in the upper right hand corner.  I printed the lunch hour traffic for D.C. today.  You see red on the highways and streets where traffic is crawling.  Orange is better and green is GO!  I see 1-95 south of Alexandria  is crawling again.   Notice the two symbols.   If you click on the construction symbol or the lane closed symbol, you will be able to read more information about the road conditions.

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