Enjoying the ride

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dear Editor: I want to share an experience that I have enjoyed for over 30 years. This part of the south is now becoming hectic with people, traffic and subdivisions. Just about everyone, including grandmothers and mothers, is working now – and that has put pressure on many households. Stress levels are high. There are not enough “places” really, to go to find a moment of peace. However, there is one free place that I would like to share with you and the readers of The Berkeley Independent . . . The most unusual and relaxing event happens spontaneously, for 14 miles, every Monday through Friday from The Kangaroo Gas Station at 17A and Highway 52 North going towards Bonneau, to the first traffic light in Saint Stephen. After crossing the Tail Race Canal Bridge leaving Moncks Corner and after leaving the traffic light near the Kangaroo gas station that sits between 17A North and Highway 52 North – something wonderful happens . . . Automatically, without forethought, vehicles purposely move into the right lane and find their “spot” among the many cars already there – as if on a hypothetical sabbatical. Vehicles in this right lane s-l-o-w down to a crawl almost 40 mph or a little above; it’s as though drivers know, left lane if you’re in a real hurry and right lane for the enjoyment of the day. There are no more traffic lights for 14 miles! You can r-e-l-a-x now and unwind while driving home after a very long and stressful day, it’s as though everyone has that same thought, it’s unspoken, but known that the right lane is an experience! It’s peaceful – no worries – no one rushing you, because the cars in front of you in this lane are also enjoying the moment and so are the cars behind you in this lane. Now, you can unscramble thoughts, figure out what you need to do when you get home, or what’s needed to prepare for tomorrow. Wow . . .  what a long, pleasing, much needed ride home! Readers who takes this route home will whole-heartedly agree!   JoAnn Peterson Butler

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