Do you ever explore random exits on the interstate? If not, you should. Because life’s got an interesting habit of hiding cool stuff in the quiet spaces between your destinations.
What does that sign say?
For most people, I’ll bet an exit sign on the interstate is nothing more than an anonymous road. Or a town name you use to note, “this is where my bladder gets uncomfortable” or “more than halfway there”.
But I see them differently. After driving thousands of miles over the last 20 years this is what those signs tell me:
“A memory you’ll remember 10 years from now, 3 miles.”
“Beautiful view around the corner, 5 miles.”
“10-minute adventure, 1 mile.”
That’s why, when I’ve got time, I love taking a random exit to explore the backroads of the places I’m usually busy passing by.
Sometimes, I find nothing but a lonely road and a break from the hustle of the interstate.
And sometimes, the sign really does mean, “Albert Lea, 3 Miles”.
But, every so often, my detours have provided a moment, an adventure, or an idea that’s stuck with me far beyond the place I was driving so fast towards in the first place.
To show you what I mean, here are a few examples of my favorite adventures.
I94 Between Madison, WI, and Minneapolis, MN
For 10 years, the 250-mile trek between Madison and Minneapolis was a regular presence in our life.