Does anyone else latch onto local traffic when needing an impromptu detour? I had a meeting in Indianapolis today -- 90 miles away. There were traffic blockages both ways. The first one was close enough to home that I knew how to get around it. The second was in an area with which I'm less familiar.
I mentioned in another recent thread that we have two fairly nice routes (state highways) going northeast to Indy that are almost the exact same mileage and time. Today I chose the path less traveled both ways, hoping to enjoy the beautiful fall day at a leisurely pace.
I have no clue what caused the traffic to stop, but in the first case there were people out of their vehicles and cars in front of me turning around to try another route when I got there so I did the same. The second time I waited through two green lights without seeing any movement at all and bailed into a left turn lane that put me on a road that would have taken me eight miles or so in a useless direction to the other route. When the vehicle in front of me turned south onto a county road I followed. After all, it was the right direction for home and good enough for that vehicle. After a while, a car got between us and when those two parted ways, I chose to follow the second car south rather than the first one east. (I was glad I made that decision when I noticed the first vehicle turned into a drive.) The second vehicle led me to the other route. Looking at a map after I got home, I see that it I took one side of a triangle rather than the top side and hypotenuse.
Sometimes following the Romans works, sometimes you just end up finding out where they live.
By the way, there were two GPS units stashed in the vehicle but I wasn't expecting to get off the beaten path so didn't have them readily available. I figured I could get them out if necessary but as long as I knew I was between the two familiar routes and going the right direction on good roads, I didn't see any need to pull over to get one going. I figured I would eventually stumble onto one highway or the other.
Overall, it was a funny day to be trying to get around southern Indiana. Not only did I have those two detours plus unusually heavy traffic in some areas, but the drive-through at McDonald's broke down while I was in line. Not a good day for making time.