Wednesday, May 03, 2017

See the USA in your Chevrolet and do it on the back roads

That was my husband's 1969 Chevy el Camino - it saw a lot of highways and back roads and is now living in the mid-west.

I hate interstates – I realize that they are the fastest way to get someplace.  But that doesn’t mean I have to ride in a vehicle going 80 mph and enjoy it!  Sometimes I just want to see what’s what and do it at maybe 50 mph or less.  

Traffic on I-75 in Atlanta, Georgia

Rushing to and from means you might be missing out on lots of interesting things.  Driving on I-75 might get you from Knoxville to Florida in 8 or 9 hours, but what did you see other than the tail lights of other vehicles?

You won't see beauty like this on the interstate roads

Take a back road, get off the interstate for a few miles just to see that there is life out there.  If you are a city girl you know that milk comes from a cow, but have you seen the cows out in the field when the farmer shows up with a fresh bale of hay?  Watching cows run full out toward that food is a sight to see.  As clumsy as they appear they can run fast!

Hungry, sure you can grab a burger at one of the ka-zillion nationwide burger joints at every exit,  but why not try some local food instead.  Check out a mom and pop burger joint that has been in business for 30 years and is, was and always will be family owned.  No frozen patties for them, all burgers are formed fresh for you!  Or maybe some homemade chicken-n-dumplings with a big slice of cornbread and a glass of ‘very’ sweet tea!
It might put a damper on your time frame if you happen to get behind a Mennonite farmer out in his buggy heading to town for supplies.  Slow down and enjoy seeing something not everyone gets to see.  And please don’t pass that horse at 90 mph it could spook the horse and that could spell disaster for all involved.

Believe it or not those dollar stores are popping up in the country…nothing around but horses, cows and hay fields.  Sure they sell the same stuff as the dollar store in the big city but the scenery is sure better.  We have one going up in my neck of the woods and I’ll be curious as to how many customers they get since it’s so far off the beaten path.

You can find most anything at a yard sale!

If you are a yard sale lover, you know you need to take the back roads…you won’t find many yard sale signs on the highway – but our back roads are loaded with them!  This is the time of year for them and those bargains await you on the back roads.

Small towns in the country very often have unique shops you just have to look around.  Forget Walmart for the time, find a little store that sells a little of this and a lot of that and get yourself a unique item.

You won't see a farmer bailing hay unless you take a back road!

Whether you drive through small town American on County Road 3 or County Road 399, get off the interstate and see the USA with fresh eyes!

Photos belong to AbbyG

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