We lived in the city for many years and yeah, we knew about the traffic and the general "busy ness" that city folks seem to accept. But we just can't stand it.
This morning we planned to go into Vancouver to do some work at our daughter and son-in-laws house. We waited until 8:30 am to leave to let the majority of the traffic die down.
So here is a map of our inadequate freeway system. (It is being completely overhauled and should be finished in 2013).
Well after being on the freeway for 50 minutes, we got as far as the Walnut Grove exit. And in our big truck, we had used about $10.00 worth of gas. The anticipation of the return trip during rush hour (which starts about 2:30 pm and ends at about 6:30 pm) was too much. We got off and came back.
We will make this trip on Saturday and then again on Sunday and if we have to finish up on Monday we will go about lunch time and come back after supper.
City living also bring with it NOISE. Trains, planes and automobiles. There are trains in the night with whistles that Doug calls Mad Cow whistles. Dozens of jets zoom overhead all day long. And the cars, intent on moving the other cars along more quickly by honking at them. Screeching and speeding only to reach the next light seconds before the other cars.
But, for now, this is life. It will only make us appreciate the slow pace of everyday life on the road, most of the time.