Wheels

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We flew to Texas recently and whenever I fly I think about how hard and uncomfortable flying is. It is a chore I do because I want to get from here to there quickly – even though it doesn’t feel quick with lay-overs. When I start to get grumpy I remind myself that flying wasn’t always an option.

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When we go on road trips I often wonder what people will think about our current modes of travel. This is probably because I think about how difficult it must have been in the very early cars, and before that when people traveled on horses and in buggies. I think about when people traveled on foot, walking for miles a day, and day after day to get where they needed to go.

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I want to cry when I think about traveling in a covered wagon. Even with my love of camping I can’t comprehend the discomfort and work involved. I guess the equivalent of fast food stop would be a hunk of bread and a little water.

These photos were taken at Sauter Village in Archibald, Ohio. After seeing how they used small logs to cope with muddy roads, maybe I need to stop complaining about the rough roads we sometimes encounter. But then again, maybe people in the future will feel sorry for how difficult travel is for us.

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week is “wheels” and I can’t image riding anything with wheels over this stretch of road. Bump, Bump, Bump!

 

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    • I’m glad you like it, Cee. I usually don’t enjoy taking the color out of my photos but these were a natural and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to post them. Now I can go back to thinking in color. 🙂

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  1. Perfect photos to go along with your post. I know that flying – and driving even – is a better option than the old covered wagons, but I surely do hope that future folks look back on us poor weary travelers and feel sorry for us 😉
    PS – Are you familiar with the old computer game Oregon Trail?

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      • It seems to have been very short-lived during my elementary school years. It was played on computers that supported only the monochrome orange or green monitors. You signed up to be members of a family following the Oregon trail. Terrible things happened, and most of the time the entire family died of things like dysentery or while fording a river or in flash flood waters… There are catch phrases (“You have died of dysentery”), and your covered wagon photos made several of them resurface 🙂

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  2. My activity tracker (vivofit) told me I had manged over 13,000 steps on the 700+km drive to Adelaide on Saturday last weekend! Lots of bumpy roads set it counting!

    Lovely photos.

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