Tuesday, April 9, 2013

OTBR: An Ice Road over the Baltic Sea

Latitude: N 58° 37.716
Longitude: E 023° 02.076
A child on a road trip with his family asks, "Where are we?" and the father answers, "Let's check the map. We're off the blue roads [the Interstate Highways marked in blue on the road atlas]. We're off the red roads [the US and state highways]. We're off the black roads [the county highways]. I think we're off the map altogether." It was always my dream to be off the map altogether.

After the jump, a few of the random places (and I mean random literally) that I visited vicariously last month that are "off the blue roads".

  • on a small islet in Estonia, at the beginning of an ice road over the Baltic Sea, with the shore of Saaremaa island visible over the sea
  • in Minnesota, on the road between two small lakes with summer cabins on wooded lots
  • on sandy soil amid countless lava outcrops in the scenic Oregon Badlands Wilderness
  • in a grassy field in New Zealand, with a number of sheep, which rival the kiwi as New Zealand's signature animal, grazing in an adjacent field
  • in a snow-covered corn field in Minnesota
  • in an irrigated field near Marana, Arizona ("It's amazing what a little water will do for the desert.")
  • in an area of Missouri of rolling hills and abandoned farmsteads, down a minimum maintenance road with deep ruts, in a pasture with some drab trees around
  • in a mix of scrubby pines and hardwoods in rural Maryland, in soggy ground close to the marshy ground of a swamp
  • on top of a near-vertical cliff just off the Pacific Ocean coastline, overlooking both the ocean and Arroyo Hondo, which means "deep creek", once a working ranch, now a nature preserve
  • in thick scrube down the slope from the road in Australia's Wilson Promontory National Park, the southernmost region of the Australian mainland
  • along the old Hume highway to Sydney in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, near the huge Broadmeadows Assembly Plant owned by Ford Australia
  • near the maintenance buildings of Elkhorn, Nebraska's Indian Creek golf course
  • in the parking lot of Oneida Shores County Park in western New York state, deserted during the off-season
  • and directly across from a church named "Christ Is The Answer; Church Of God In Christ" in Pittsburg, California, scored, appropriately, on Good Friday

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