Monday, March 6, 2006

March 6, 2006 On the Road Again


Consider This for March 6, 2006--On the Road Again

I decided last year that I would not live in Denver during the session this year, so every morning around 6:00 a.m. I am on the road again. I keep hearing song lyrics. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson. “It’s Quarter to Three, There’s No One in the Place Except You and Me” (on I-70 headed east).

Living in Denver last spring I was reminded that I moved from New York City to Denver in 1970 to get away from the city and not to live in the city. I moved to the mountains in 1974 because I did not like living in the metro area.

I commuted for a long time to my job in Lakewood just so I could wake up in the most beautiful place in the world. I did find out that the sun does not come up until after 7:00 a lot of the time and would go down before I left Denver.

The most beautiful place in the world was dark most of the time. I guess I could rationalize everything by being able to breathe clean air as I slept. Yeah, that’s it.

This year I have been reminded that there are many people who commute to Denver every day from Summit County. I could almost tell you their license plate numbers because I see them every day at 6:00 a.m. It is almost a Le Mans start from the Frisco interchange.

I also found out how terrible I-70 is between here and the tunnel. It is fine on the east side. I have always thought that CDOT put a ton of money into Clear Creek County because that county complains a lot about CDOT.

The funny thing is that the people in Clear Creek County could care less about the money put into their highway. They are more interested in getting the attention of CDOT on how the highway will be improved to increase capacity.

I have found out that the big trucks will not drive in the right lane going to the tunnel. They are smarter than that. The right lane is literally falling apart. The bridge over the Blue River in Silverthorne is very rutted and will shake your fillings loose as you drive over the holes in the road.

And yes, I have brought it to the attention of CDOT many times. I will assure you that they know about it.

The tunnel is the same way. All the traffic drives in the left lane to avoid the ruts and holes in the surface of the road. It looks like half the tunnel got a new overlay recently, and maybe they are waiting for asphalt season to do the other half.

During the election two years ago, I bought a brand-new Honda Accord because of the high mileage on my red Cadillac Eldorado. I am very happy with the Accord and can manage to get good mileage if I hold my speed down.

I read an article recently that alleged that if you drive 60 miles per hour instead of 65 miles per hour you will save about 21 cents a gallon. That is a lot of money. Right now I am paying about $2.05 a gallon for gas in Golden. If I drive 65 miles per hour, the cost would go to $2.26 a gallon.

I have checked the difference in time from Breckenridge to Denver, and slowing down 5 miles an hour adds about ten minutes to the drive. Cheap at half the price.

Last year a piece of ice hit the front bumper on my Honda and put a hole in the fiberglass. I drove it that way until the weather changed and then got it fixed.

A couple of weeks ago a chunk of ice fell off a truck in front of me and hit the front of the car. I did not think that it did much damage, so I drove on to the Capitol. As I was pulling into the parking, one of the staff people looked at the front of my car and screwed up his face.

A bad sign.

I got out and found that the chunk of ice had taken the entire front of my car off. It now looks like a sixth-grader missing two front teeth.

I think I will wait until spring again to fix it.

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