Two Roads Diverged in a Wood ...
While I'm planning to focus later today on the morning commute into Washington from the east, because of the Douglass Bridge shutdown, I want to ask you about something Rich wrote on the blog Friday. As an aside, during an exchange about best routes around the bridge congestion, he said " ... I just like to go a different way sometimes because I get tired of I-395 ... "
It made me wonder about the times in commuting when we occasionally follow a different path for no other reason than that it is different. The view might not be any better, but different. The traffic might be no easier, but maybe the turns and straights are different enough to provide some variety. Or maybe you drive some days and take the train on others because some days you want to read and some days you want to listen to the radio.
In a region as big and congested as this, commuting isn't a path from one part of our lives to another, it actually is part of our lives. We spend most of our time on this blog attempting to offer practical advice to one another about commuting strategies. But there's a little bit of the commuting experience that may have no basis in time and distance reasoning.
My longest steady commmute was a 49.5 mile drive from north of New York City to the middle of Long Island. At various points, I could chose different highways and different bridges. Sometimes, of course, the choice was based on radio traffic reports about congestion, but sometimes it was just to see some different pavement.
Is that type of decision common among you folks, or would you say that other demands in life lock you into your route?
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