Today will take me 115 miles west to a small Minnesota town. Although I have elected the fastest route utilizing the interstate, the miles will still be long and solitary with lots and lots of green to view. These drives allow me to relax and let my mind drift to whatever topic it needs to explore.
This is the travel of my work and I find it so pleasant! Gone are the anxious feelings brought on by too much traffic, congestion and missed appointments. My days in California are behind me now.
The country roads of Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota are beautiful and peaceful; farms of rich soil and abundant produce cover the area. Sometimes the only other vehicle I encounter for hundreds of miles is a tractor. The roads are flat for the most part and run straight for many miles at a time which is almost hypnotic in a way but also cleansing for my spirit. Winter drives enchant me with the blowing and drifting snow swirling before me and the total quiet of the air; Spring and summer rains wash the dust off my car and my windshield wipers provide a syncopated soothing rhythm.
I look forward to my drives because they allow me to watch the progress of the seasons as they march through the plains. I am thankful to be in this place and able to enjoy and appreciate it.