The end of the road

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Back from a long road trip and two nights camping I realise that is probably the extent of my travelling in 2019.  Australian roads are so busy now and so many people drive huge four wheel drive vehicles.  No one seems to drive at the speed limit anymore.   Tailgating is common.  Driving a narrow two lane road with a big jeep just a couple of metres behind my little car and a stream of heavy duty vehicles charging towards me with their lights on the daytime is unnerving.

Years back I loved driving along winding country roads.   The traffic was minimal and most drivers seemed to content to amble along rather than rush.    These days even if I find a quiet road chances are the surface is riddled with potholes caused by all the heavy vehicles.

The decision to stop taking road trips has been hovering in the back of mind for a couple of years.   To finally decide ‘that’s it, no more’ is hard.    I’m not a person who likes staying put and I’ve always imagined I will get back to faraway desert places I drove to when I was younger.

Go overseas then you might say – or fly to distant destinations in Australia.   Maybe one day if and when I ever manage save the money – most likely not in 2019.    Besides, flying isn’t something I enjoy.   Those little hops in Australia play havoc on my ear pressure and long distance flying where you’re cooped up in a flying tin can with all those other people for hours and hours and hours doesn’t appeal any more.

So it’s goodbye to travel photos taken in exotic locations.   It’s goodbye to writing travel haibun.   2019 will be about experiencing my immediate locality – anywhere within an hour’s drive of my home.  I won’t be taking any roads, narrow or otherwise, to the deep north.   Unless of course you take a metaphoric view of such journeys and see them as being more about inner travel than outer.   In that case, well I’m paving new tracks constantly.  I’m exploring new territory on a daily basis.

A single crow
cawing outside my tent
– who am I really?

prompt:  Frank Tassone’s haiku challenge – first crow

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29 thoughts on “The end of the road

  1. I’m one of those people who would ban tourist flights and cruises. The planet can’t take it and you can learn just as much from what’s under your nose as you can from taking selfies in front of monuments in far away countries. Just hope I never get to be ruler of the universe 🙂 Agree with Toni, the haiku is splendid.

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    1. Yes I agree about tourism. There are just too many people going to beautiful fragile places to take selfies. Down here we get people getting off long haul flights from the US, Europe or China then getting in a hire car and driving the Great Ocean Road- a long, windy and dangerous road. They often don’t realise we drive on the opposite side of the road here!
      Thanks for your comment about the haiku. It was one of those ‘in the moment’ ones.

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  2. Some people’s sense of self-entitlement to all things around them, combined with a complete and utter disregard for others, are probably the prime reasons I stay away from most of them. 😀 … I second what Len said about bicycling, you see a whole lot more. 😀

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    1. Yes I’m over people at the moment. Seems like most of inland Australia has headed for the coast due to the heat inland. This week is promising to be cooler and many people are going back to work so hopefully the madness will be a bit less intense.

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  3. So much to see and enjoy in the area around home. I agree with you Suzanne, the days of the long trips are a thing of the past. The hassle of traffic can put me off and yes those tailgaters drive me wild.

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  4. A superb read Suzanne. The interplay between inner and outer journeys is something to contemplate as you do in this haibun. I’ve been thinking and scribbling about tailgating lately and reading this is getting me going again 😉

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      1. It’s my perception here as well…I have two recent theories…a decreasing ability to pace oneself (mindlessness) and the other is unrealistic understanding of risk based on video games or action movies…

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      2. I love your theories. They both have a lot of merit and are probably both factors. The unrealistic understanding of risk as a reason for tailgating carries a lot of weight. I hope you write haibun about this – it would make great reading.

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  5. patricknelson750

    “Australian roads are so busy now and so many people drive huge four wheel drive vehicles. No one seems to drive at the speed limit anymore. Tailgating is common. Driving a narrow two lane road with a big jeep just a couple of metres behind my little car and a stream of heavy duty vehicles charging towards me with their lights on the daytime is unnerving…”

    At least it isn’t this bad : ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiLeeHg83QU ….yet : (

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  6. Pingback: #Haikai Challenge #69/#70 (1/19/19): Equality #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga – Frank J. Tassone

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