Laughing All The Way ~ Traveling West

Canada
January 21, 2016 2:22pm CST
We got on the road around 6 AM. There had been a heavy frost that night so it took a while to melt the frost off the windows. We headed west from Ocala expecting all back roads when it turned out the back roads were the highway before the Interstate took all the traffic. We saw no one on that beautiful 4 lane divided highway. I could count the number trucks and cars we encountered on my hands and feet. We saw miles of pine forests, lots of pastures for cows or horses. Miles and miles of Mother Nature. The frost made the fields look white. I got to see the sun rise I my side view mirror. There were a couple of small towns and a few crossroads with a gas station on it. We had breakfast at a little place named Kitty's Kitchen. While traveling that highway I noticed several memorials on the side of the road for people who died on that highway. May they rest in peace. But... Did I mention how boring that ride was? I had a hard time staying awake. When I saw those memorials I had to wonder how anyone died on a highway that had no traffic. I assumed it was from boredom. That thought crossed my mind at the same instant on the radio, someone mentioned Sarah Palin was joining Donald Trump on his campaign. I laughed out loud and laughed and laughed. Strange things pop up when you're bored. The laugh got me to our next destination. Anyone else get a bit batty when bored?
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@MALUSE (43692)
• Uzbekistan
21 Jan 16
The motorway from the German/French border into France is also extremely boring and has little traffic. In order to avoid accidents from boredom the French have erected colourful totem poles at irregular intervals beside the motorway to make the drivers open their eyes. No idea if it helps.
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• Canada
22 Jan 16
It probably does help, after so many miles, it can be deadly with too much same-ol, same-ol...
@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan 16
The motorway between Calais and Strasbourg have different colourful things all the way along it at different intervals so it does keep you interested in what is coming next which is a great help one such a long boring drive.
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• Canada
23 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 that sounds like fun.
@BelleStarr (39710)
• United States
22 Jan 16
lol Maybe not batty but I really hate boring roads it is so easy to get lulled into unconsiousness. I look forward to seeing pictures of your next destination.
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• Canada
22 Jan 16
We are under tornado warnings with rain and flooding but according to they weather site the storm will move on before we leave after breakfast. We do have to cross another River but I'm assuming the bridges are high because of the boats so the trip could be an easy one. Only a couple of hours and we can't get into our condo until late afternoon so no reason to hurry.
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@BelleStarr (39710)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate We had wicked weather here today too so it would have pretty much been the same.
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• Canada
23 Jan 16
@BelleStarr here is a shot from this morning.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan 16
How clever of you to take that photo of the sunrise from that angle. Sorry your drive was boring. Are you touring now, or are you stopping at this destination for a while?
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• Canada
22 Jan 16
It took me a long time to respond to all those who commented on my lunch with Belle, because we don't have wifi in our car. We loved our stop in Apalacholia. Enjoyed our two days in this town famous for their oysters. We leave tomorrow for a month on a beach. It won't be hot but it will be better than Canada. Thanks for asking...
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate A month on a beach! Lovely. I'm not too jealous as we will be doing that for a month in March when we go back to Spain
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate I hope you have a warm, relaxing, soul Reviving time....
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@rebelann (42863)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Jan 16
Oh yeah and as you might remember nothing is more boring than that trek from Tucson to El Paso or El Paso to Van Horn. Miles and miles of desert which is really boring, I'd rather see trees.
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@rebelann (42863)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Jan 16
Love your picture.
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• Canada
26 Jan 16
@rebelann thanks, I enjoying playing with my camera.
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@rebelann (42863)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jan 16
I'll bet you'll find many more options your camera has to offer @PainsOnSlate I can't wait til ya figure all those fun options out. I'm still learning about my camera.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
22 Jan 16
When bored while traveling I think the best to do is to think of funny things. I am just curious why such news made you laugh. I am not very familiar with your politics, sorry.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
It's politics, Sarah Palin was chosen for Vice President on the Republican Party because she was a woman and Hillary was around as a democrat. 8 years ago. She ended the chance of the republicans winning because she is an air-head without a brain. And Obama won. Now she is "helping" Trump who is an even bigger whack job than Sarah was. I was laughing because I have faith in normal Americans who understand trump is in it for himself, not the country, and his liking Sarah should put an end to both of them...they disearve each other.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
25 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate I have heard lots about Trump's racism and lots of negative articles about this man. So now I know Sarah and Trump deserve each other but surely the Americans don't deserve them.
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• Canada
25 Jan 16
@salonga some Americans don' understand the difference between right and wrong.and appears they don't care if an idiot gets to be president.
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@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
22 Jan 16
Long boring drives are difficult for me, I tend to get tired and then struggle to stay awake. Thankfully hubby does much of the driving since he seems better able to fight off that bored sleepiness than I can. I try to stay awake to keep him company, but don't always succeed.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
I am just like that too, when I do drive long distances I do stay awake and aware but when hubby drives I often nod off..
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@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
25 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate If I'm on interstate even driving it's a struggle for me, especially if I'm already tired. I can stay awake when I have to but I prefer not to drive when I know I tend to get tired. It doesn't happen on highways though, just interstate.
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• Canada
26 Jan 16
@fawkes62 interstates are deadly...boring. I always pick up a few books when I'm driving, books on CD from the library. It makes me listen to see what happens next, the time flies. Hubby prefers music which puts me to sleep.
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• United States
24 Jan 16
I get bored with things faster than I can say 'bored'.....
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
I like to look at the scenery but not the same old over and over again.
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• United States
25 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate Like cow cow, tree tree tree, horse, cow cow cow, tree and so on and son on.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jan 16
o my grief charlie brown Palin and Donald Trump? my mind boogles and I h ave my first good l augh of the day. Clueless and Don the Trumpet lol lol l ol
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
They make a perfect pair to fall into oblivion and disappear.
@hiru84 (956)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
Wow, you got a beautiful photo of sun rise. I think you have a great experience about photography. I heard about many accidents in high ways.
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• Canada
23 Jan 16
I have taken a lot of photos from the side mirror, makes it more interesting. Glad you liked.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan 16
The roads are so straight and go on for miles and miles and miles whilst here in the UK the A roads and B roads bend gyrate twist and turn with the odd roundabout here and there. It is important to keep your wits about you. Motorway driving can become so boring!
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
It was hours of boredom, I always felt better when we went through towns or cities, something to look at!
@paigea (22484)
• Canada
22 Jan 16
Well since we drive along grain fields for hours to get to Winnipeg from Alberta I have to say I am well used to scenery that is just same same same!
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
That was like Kansas when we lived there too, I had no idea Florida would be boring...
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
22 Jan 16
I hate days like this. This is the kind of weather best for sleep, and not for travelling.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
It was a pretty and clear day, just a long boring ride.
@Juliaacv (33438)
• Canada
22 Jan 16
We find the stretch of highway just past the 401 on the 403 to be the most boring drive anywhere. Up until you reach Brantford it is just so dull, so I can relate to what you went thru. I get stir crazy during those times, and usually find myself reaching for an old CD to listen to to pass the time.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
We had CD with us, old country songs, not my favorite but because hubby was driving, I was sagging from boredom.
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@LadyDuck (177366)
• Switzerland
22 Jan 16
Our motorway are not boring because there is always a heavy traffic, you cannot fall asleep. I have read about Donald and Sarah, I also laughed, what a couple they make.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
I too was laughing, I heard she made a speech the other day that made no sense...same old bat girl. Our highways are often empty, that day was scary it was so empty.
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@shshiju (10567)
• Cochin, India
22 Jan 16
A single element or scene is enough to change the boring or serious scenes. I think at last you have enjoyed your travelling.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
I truly love to travel, I always hope the scenery will keep me interested when I 'm the passenger. When I drive it's easy to stay aware of what is going on around you, passenger can be boring. I am happy to be where we will be for while.
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@slund2041 (3375)
• United States
22 Jan 16
I wonder if the graves were from people falling to sleep driving and running off the road?
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• Canada
23 Jan 16
That was my thought, then I felt guilty of not having enough compassion. It was the most boring drive I've experienced since I left Kansas in the 80's.
@UncleJoe (10883)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
22 Jan 16
I'm batty all the time.
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
Yah, if I were to tell the truth, I tend to be a bit batty at all times.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan 16
It's easy to be lulled to sleep on a straight road, I wonder how often it happens?
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• Canada
24 Jan 16
Probably more often than we hear about. When driving I don't get sleepy but as a passenger I can sleep like a baby.
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@DianneN (85493)
• United States
25 Jan 16
We saw memorials and little shrines all over Greece, but never in the USA. At least you saw a beautiful sunrise and had a good laugh. I never get bored. There is always my husband, Sirius radio, and my iPad to keep me busy.
• Canada
25 Jan 16
I get board while I'm not driving. I like to be the driver. I'm darn good at it too.
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@DianneN (85493)
• United States
25 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate I don't like to drive on unfamiliar roads, but I'm great on familiar ones!
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@TheHorse (72561)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Apr 17
I get a bit batty at random times. Yesterday I was singing "Get along little dogies" as I rounded up my Intro to Psych college students from an outside the classroom exercise.