You can’t get there from here

Twenty-three miles doesn’t sound like a lot. (I’ve run further) That’s the distance from my house in Easton, Maryland to Schrader’s Outdoors in Henderson, Maryland. Schrader’s is where I have been practicing on their 3D range. Typically, it is not a bad drive. It’s summer, however, and vacationers have migrated to the Eastern Shore bringing chaos and money with them.

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On the day before this, I’d practiced at Schrader’s. The drive home was a slower than if I’d made the 23-mile trip by bicycle. After practice today, with the migratory traffic fresh in my memory, I stuck to the back roads going home.

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Headed “Down the ocean”, people on their way to Ocean City, MD

I’d was pleased with the less beaten paths – smooth sailing. Then, I noticed what seemed to be a back up of traffic. In this case, there was a back up, due to a tractor-trailer flipping in a ditch and dumping a load of corn. No one was injured, the driver embarrassed and worried. Folks caught by this accident turned around and selected alternate routes. My second choice was a seemingly good one.

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Free corn

These secondary roads are way off the beaten path. Western shore vacationers don’t often venture this far from fast food, Starbucks Coffee, and popular boutique shopping, I cruised. Then I came upon road construction.

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Waiting on the final car to clear

That delay wasn’t bad and I traveled on until hitting my third and final slow down at a spot where someone’s car had malfunctioned.

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Scenes from summer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

The car was well off the road; still the roadside activity required heavy scrutiny from each driver ahead of me as they passed. (being the last in the line, I paused to take a picture)

This day, my return from practice was faster, however, I could have made the trip home faster on bicycle compared with driving my truck. Forty-eight hours to go and I am back in a traffic free rural North Carolina. In NC, my travel to practice is about thirty seconds.

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My home range in NC

 

 

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