Driving from Glens Falls to Nashua, N.H. and back over the weekend for a hockey tournament gave me further occasion to reflect on the lack of east-west roads in New Hampshire and Vermont, the maddening tendency of the drivers in those states to putter along at well below the speed limit, and the odd state of those states as two separate entities. Essentially a rectangle split into two long triangles, the states seem a natural unit, in geography and temperament. Why isn't it one state? Perhaps if it were, the leaders of the new state (Vershire?) could see their way to building a couple of east-west highways. As it is, if you're going east from Glens Falls into those quaint states, your choices are 1) Drive on winding country roads through charming hamlets behind drivers with nowhere to go and nothing better to do than amble along at 30 mph in a 45 zone; or 2) Shoot up about 100 miles north of your destination, then swoop back down on 89 and 93 (what we did), driving far out of your way just so you can go at a reasonable speed. Each method will get you where you're going in about the same amount of time, although the long highway route is better for your blood pressure than the alternative. If the states' departments of tourism wants to boost business, they should set minimum speed limits for their roads, arresting and tossing in prison anyone found chronically going 10 mph or more too slow. With the slowpokes off the road, the states will seem much more welcoming to visitors who have moved on from horse-and-buggy days.
Slowly is the only way you can travel through Vermont and New Hampshire
2012-11-26T12:23:00Z Slowly is the only way you can travel through Vermont and New Hampshire Glens Falls Post-Star
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