It’s my unprofessional opinion that those in the Southeastern US are GENIUSES. I mean, these folks are pretty much amazing. I am not being hyperbolic or sarcastic/facetious/snotty. I believe this with all my heart. Proof? Street signs.
You see that sign to the left? That’s supposedly one from Asheville. I don’t think I EVER saw a single cross street sign like that (with streets shown for both directions). Not once. At major street intersections, I sometimes saw a cross street sign, but we Californians are seriously directionally-challenged. I didn’t know this until this trip. I mean, I’ve traveled all over the Western and Midwestern US and we didn’t have trouble finding street signs, but in NC, TN, VA, and WV… I somehow didn’t get lost even without street signs telling me that my reams of Mapquest directions were really sending me in the right direction. I think my husband would have had a coronary if he’d been driving. He doesn’t do well with that kind of thing.
I’d like to send a call out to governors of every state that I visited. North Carolina , Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Please. Find money somewhere—even raise taxes for a year or two—maybe on poor, helpless visitors like me. Charge us an extra 50 bucks to get in the state or something, but you see, there are these helpful little things called street signs. And when you’re going somewhere and trying to get from one place to another, and your instructions say, “turn right on Sugar street” it would really help if when you got to the street you actually found something that told you you’d arrived. It’s usually just this little green thing with some white lettering—nothing fancy or anything. It just says “Sugar Street” and then you know that’s the street you’re supposed to turn on. But without them, you don’t really know what street it is. Even the town that occasionally had cross street signs—the main drag wouldn’t have them so you didn’t know if you were on the right street to begin with or if it’s three streets west! I seriously recommend street signs. It would make things a whole lot easier. And who knows, maybe those parts of towns that you complain tourists never visit? Well, maybe with street signs, they’ll be able to find them.
Then again, maybe that’s the secret that they don’t want anyone to know. They do it to keep out the tourists. They like their privacy. THAT I can understand. Regardless, I’m still astounded that this sign-dependent Californian managed to toodle all over these states, without the every 200 feet reminder of where I am, and not get lost.
And… bonus points. These states all had mile markers… sometimes to the tenth or HALF tenth of a mile. I think I know where the street sign budget went!
(note: in case my post appears to be bashing these places, that is not my intention. I’m just poking a little fun at myself and the differences in cultural experience. No malice intended!)