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Having grown up in NJ, directly across from Manhattan, I figured I had a pretty good idea of what New York was like. Last year I was proven wrong when I had to drive in New York City for the very first time. The word nervous doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling. If you have never driven in NYC before, you should give it a try. If you can drive there, you can drive anywhere.
As if traffic was not enough to have to concentrate on, I had to deal with construction as well. I accidentally went through the E-Zpass trying to get into the Lincoln Tunnel. Oopsie! The tunnel was extremely overwhelming at first. You “can’t” change lanes and you “can’t” go over 35 mph. I felt the need to put these in quotes because those are the law that are posted in and outside of the tunnel. I don’t think one person, except my scared self, followed the posted laws.
The semis seem to fly through the tunnel. At times I felt like there was no way my Jeep had enough room in my lane. Then I would see a truck go by and instantly laughed and though, “I’m good!” Luckily, it only took me about 30 seconds to get over my fear of the tunnel and the city. I think I was more worried about someone smashing into my Jeep than I was about hitting someone else.
Noise at all hours of the say and night, crazy traffic, and people every where. You think you know what New York is like? Maybe one part but, not all.
I have never traveled around the state of New York except for to and from the city. I had heard that Upstate NY was quite different but I never had my own experiences to back it up. Yesterday morning, we embarked on a journey to visit my friends family. We all loaded up and took the 10 hour, ( turned 12 hour), drive to Upstate New York. Traffic lights were replaced by trees, police sirens were replaced with children laughing, and pollution was replaced with breathable air.
I think the picture above is a great example of what people think of when they hear New York. Have you been to Upstate New York? If not, did you have the same thoughts as the photo?