Sunday, October 6, 2013
So, around London are motorways, and they're pretty similar to any highway you'd experience in the US. Where things get interesting is outside of the cities. Notice the road above. See how the hedges come up pretty much to the edge of the road? First point: these hedges are not short. They're easily ten foot tall in places. Second point: this is an A road. This is the main drag in a lot of places. Cornwall has a few stretches of what they call dual carriageway roads, which is what a lot of the main routes around here that aren't interstates look like. But the A roads with some regularity will cross single lane bridges, or features that you just don't find in major roads here the States. County roads, sure. But definitely not a numbered road that lots of people use to get from point A to point B.
Here's another typical view. See the trees. See how close they are to the road? If you look really close, you'll also see that they eventually form a tunnel over the road. That's another thing that doesn't happen over here - we lop trees off at the road line. It's not pretty, but you have to, especially since I live in snow country, and you need to remove that danger from overhanging the road.
One thing I noticed a day or so into the trip is that I was almost always leaning inward. I was in the seat I'm very comfortable in if I'm driving the car. But when you're not the one doing the driving, and you know you have no control, and the spacing is so much different than what you're used to, it's definitely a unique experience. I apologized up front, because I knew there were going to be a few times when instinct would over ride the fact that I knew we wouldn't actually hit a hedge, and I'd end up ducking, or making some sort of surprised/horrified noise.