Adventure! Romance! Highway rest stops?
Am I crazy to actually like big highway rest stops?
Maryland's newest one is scheduled to open along I-95 next week, following a complete reconstruction. And somehow, despite the fact that it's merely a collection of fast food, dirty restrooms, and convenience marts, I think there will be just a touch of romance to the place.
Something about all waystations appeals to me. I know they're mundane and often uncomfortable places, but all of them, from airports to train depots to I-95 travel plazas, somehow tickle my sense of fantasy.
I think it's because waystations are the gathering places of travel, where humanity comes together and rests before setting off on adventure. Rest stops may not be exotic themselves, but they're where exotic stories begin. Somehow, with hundreds of traveling partners bustling around me, being in a waystation makes travel feel like a quest.
Or maybe I've just got an overactive imagination. Does anyone else feel this way?
Cross-posted at BeyondDC.
- Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 25
- 15th Street cycletrack gets s*** on ... literally
- If Georgetown had a Metro station, it would be one of the system's busiest
- The region needs to hear the call to action on climate change
- How to sculpt a skyline: Arlington planners rethink Rosslyn
- Metro's Richard Sarles announces retirement
- More proof gas taxes don't pay for roads