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September 28, 2006 |
Dear Mr Keillor,
My husband and I love to travel in our motor home, and while we travel from state to state we like to listen to your show. We recently visited Minnesota to see Lake Superior and saw many beautiful sights but the Twin Cities via I-35 was not one of them. Trying to get through the Cities was a much bigger adventure than we anticipated. The way the highway changes its name several times and turns into something else was confusing. The on ramps enter the highway from both sides and it was treacherous to maneuver through the narrow areas of the highway what with road crews and indecisive drivers. We did love our visit up the shore line of Lake Superior.
I can't disagree, Jeri. The freeways went up against some fierce neighborhood opposition, which prevented the sort of 32-lane straight-shot expressways you'd find, say, in Texas. We like our neighborhoods so the freeway system had to squeeze in around them somewhat and also around the lakes and the big river. But I seldom use the freeways, one advantage of living life small. I take Marshall Avenue to work, which is nice and goes past Central High School and Concordia College and the Town and Country Club and then I turn onto Mississippi River Boulevard which runs along the river gorge and which is so pretty in the fall that a person has to get out of the car and walk. Someday I want to get a motor home, though, and do exactly as you're doing. First I have to talk my wife and daughter into coming along, though. I want to drive to the southwest, through Nebraska and Kansas and Colorado to the Grand Canyon and across the Mojave to Los Angeles and up the Pacific Coast Highway. The day I set out on that trip, I'll be the happiest man in America.