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Old 05-12-2007, 10:42 PM
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Exploring new areas is part of human nature. It's ingrained in so many of us to see what's on the other side of the hill, as evidenced by so many posts here. For years my wife and I would hike to mountaintops and leisurely ride our bicycles through new towns with the eyes of children, seeing new and different places and meeting folks all over. But now, she doesn't get around as well as she used to due to a degenerative condition with her back. So... we take rides in the car. We'll stop and feed carrots and apples to horses that we see along the way, sit by a waterfall, or just gaze at things that we haven't seen before. Usually there is a destination where we stop and take in the sights, do some shopping, or just enjoy each other's company by a lake or in a restaurant.

Driving around is a guilty pleasure for sure; Relaxing, fun and interesting. And we do feel the guilt. We sorta compromised though by traveling on our own power for many a year.
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Old 05-13-2007, 01:40 AM
Location: Richmond
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I'm in Richmond, VA, so NC isn't that far for me. I drive sometimes to Raleigh. Its a bit of a drive to Charlotte, though. I am still within less than 2 hours reach of Cape Hatteras and all the nice beaches there though. Moderator cut: off topic
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by lammius View Post
Sorry if I seem like Debbie Downer over here, but I don't like going for "Sunday" Drives. I'm a halfass environmentalist (halfass meaning I don't use plastic bags, I recycle, I minimize driving, but I can't give up chemical laundry detergent, and I'm guilty of leaving the lights on). Anyway, I don't like driving around aimlessly because I can't stop thinking about the fuel I'm wasting. Granted it's fun to explore new places and see new things, but if I'm doing it in a car I'm not enjoying it as much. And furthermore, with NNJ traffic, it's difficult to have an enjoyable drive anywhere!

I LOVE biking and walking. Just today I walked down to my local downtown and bought some stuff, walked to the next town's downtown and bought more (no bags please), and just enjoyed being outdoors. I like to take my bike out and ride for 20 miles through suburban NJ and NYC. I'm still exploring and seeing new things, but I'm doing it on the power of my own legs, not fossil fuels.
Many of the miles I put on my car are for pleasure drives. I don't feel guilty at all because I commute via public transit and walk to many destinations (shopping, entertainment) in my old-fashioned city neighborhood (the kind of neighborhood the "new urbanists" are trying to re-create). IMHO, the biggest waste of gas in the US is due to commuting via automobile!
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