In a country embroiled with fast cars, fast food, microwave-ovensÂ and express ways, there is a growing number of people who are looking to step back and slow down. While we often brag about how making the trip from South Carolina to West Virginia was accomplished in 9 hours there are certain times where the adventure should be in the travel and the scenes along the way and not about just the speed with which we reached our destination. The slow road as it is called is where some bring the humanity back into the travel and remove themselves from the impersonal blur that is the Fast Food Nation.
The are a number of scenic routes of Historic significance here in the United States and many of them are finding a resurgence in popularity. Route 66 is one of The premiere Historic highways that has finally been seeing a bit of a revival. Not only is there federal money coming in to maintain and preserve the old highway, but even some of the old motels have been restored and reopened along the route.
Another Historic road that attracts a number of travelers all year long is the Blue Ridge Parkway that extends throughout much of the Appalachian Mountain range. The long and winding two-lane highway provides plenty of pull-off opportunities from which you can take in the scenic views along the way. There are also hiking opportunities and a number of Historic sites along the way. That is a phrase that many Slow Roaders get to use a lot on their travels, “…along the way.”
The New York Times has provided a small list of just some of the Historic roads and highway that are involved in the revival of the winding road. If you do not see a road near you there is a good possibility that a local route resides nearby and could provide you just the escape you need from the usual city orÂ freeway blur we have grown accustomed to.
To read more about the Slow Road Revival take the leap over to the New York Times, or check out the book The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate by Michael Wallis.