Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Road Not Taken, Previously

I-80 pushes out of Omaha heading west along the Platte River.  It deposits motorists on the state's western border almost exactly where the Oregon Trail deposited wagon trains in the mid-19th century.  At this spot, pioneers - and now motorists - had to decide on a final destination: the Northwest or the Southwest.  Did they want their grand-children's grand-children to attend the University of Washington, or Arizona State University?

Now as then, there isn't a rest stop or gas station, a fly-over or an exit ramp.  The two lanes just split cleanly, the right leading to Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Canada, and the left heading to Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.

For the Best of the West Tour: Summer 2014 Mom and I stayed in the left lane.  Best of the West Tour: Summer 2016 will explore where the right lane leads.

I successfully kept the first for another day!

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

- Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

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