Day 3: rails, river and roasted road

Mmmmm, nuthin’ like the smell of hot asphalt on a summer day …

Day 3 features a drive southeast through Idaho.

On a two-lane scenic road just outside Horseshoe Bend and about an hour north of Boise, traffic comes to a halt.

We sit unmoving.

Some people get out of their cars. Me, I roll down the windows, switch off the ignition, open the door, roll a smoke.

Traffic restarts. We advance at a snail’s pace yards at a time before returning to rest. And on it goes for a while.

The time: 2:15 p.m.

The temperature: 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36 C).

The place: Well, there are a helluva lot worse places to be stuck on a road!:

out my car window

up ahead from my side mirror

to my left

to my right, another pause

(Like Seattle. Suuuuckers! The comparisons will continue for a short while.)

I chill enjoying the scenery until the line leads me to the source of the long backup: dudes laying fresh roadtop.

On a July roaster .

Man, that river’s gotta sing to ’em sumthin’ fierce!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. inaformerlifeanexpat
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 05:34:54

    And here I thought tie-ups are confined to our megalopolises.


    • allycatadventures
      Jul 08, 2011 @ 08:26:33

      @Expat – lol – oh no! Two-lane rural road backups aren’t uncommon. Natural disasters like slides and floods can severely impact transportation. Then there’s lanes to repair and roadtops to lay and when else but in summer, when there’s no chance of snow, only sunstroke – ha!


  2. inaformerlifeanexpat
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 10:53:25

    Actually I can see that in a place like Idaho; the winters are no doubt, very harsh


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