I come from a pretty small, rural farming town in the middle of nowhere Kansas. The latest Census results estimate that it has a population of approximately 27,000 residents. Driving around my home town is very simple. There are no interstates, the highest speed limit you'll find is 40, and it's all pretty straight forward.
Needless to say, the first time I encountered a roundabout while gallivanting around Forth Worth, I was more than a little flustered.
One day, while trying to navigate toward some random location in the DFW area, my sister and I were practically led on a wild goose chase. You should hear what a GPS tells you to do when you encounter a roundabout! I had heard about roundabouts but I'd never actually seen one. I'm not quite sure what I thought it would actually be, but I had no idea it could be so confusing. It was the first time in my entire life that I have ever felt unsure of myself behind the wheel.I have stumbled upon quite a few of them at this point and I am NOT a fan!
Now that I live here, I'm sure I will grow accustomed to driving in them at some point. However, when you unknowingly approach one, are trying to watch for road signs, and hear the GPS yammering on and on (while there are people zooming in and out of the roundabout all over the place), it's really rather frightening!
I'm not sure who came up with the idea, but I'd give 'em a few choice words if I could. I'd gladly exchange an extra five or ten minutes on my commute in order to avoid one of those suckers!
(By the way, I know I am seriously lacking at updating my blog lately. I will be posting more soon - I have lots of news to share - just need to get back in to the habit of updating this more regularly!)
Monday, May 23, 2011
Posted by Danielle at 9:41 PM