“Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.””
— J.R.R. Tolkien
That’s my plan for this weekend. Tomorrow morning I shall get in my car, gas up, head east and drive till I get to the ocean. Once there, I will turn left and continue until I find lighthouses and cheap lobster!
Who needs a road map to get to Maine? All I need is a basic knowledge of North Eastern US geography to figure out how to get around. Heck, I do it all the time in NY. Whenever I go for a long, lazy drive, I have a general idea of where I am. I know that if I drive west and hit water (Lake Erie), I am near Buffalo. Depending upon how fast the water is moving, I can pretty much tell how close I am to Niagara Falls. I can figure things out from there considering I was born in Buffalo. When coming home to Rochester, if I am in the Southern Tier (south of Buffalo, that is), I know that all I need is a north easterly direction to get back. If I head north and hit water (Lake Ontario), I just have to turn right and wait for the 390. If I choose to go east first instead of north, well all I have to do is drive east till I run into the 390. Since it goes all the way down the state, the 390 is a good marker.
See? No map. Just a general awareness of where things are in the bigger picture of the state. I intend to expand that theory as I head to Maine. Really…how hard can it be?
I am leaving here with no itinerary, no booked rooms, no map, and no idea of what I will find except lighthouses and lobster. I am certain that all will be provided and that I am going to see some awesome sights!
Now that’s bliss.