Traffic North of Wildwood Florida

Traffic North of Wildwood (002:2011)
"Traffic North of Wildwood"
Olympus E-P1 with ZD 40-150mm MK II and MMF-2 adapter
1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 150mm

Today was the day I drove my youngest back up to Tallahassee. She'd stayed with the family over Christmas as long as she could, but she had to get back so she could start doing her usual up in Tallahassee and get ready for classes on Tuesday. Unfortunately, we didn't get started back until 11am; that's the official time I hit the turnpike after packing and filling the Prius with gas.

It was a bad idea to try and head back to Tallahassee from Orlando that late. We hit traffic all up the turnpike. Finally, I'd had enough, and eixted at the Wildwood exit right before the turnpike dumped into I-75. I had to; traffic had literally stopped right after the Wildwood exit.

From there we took 301 and then 441 up to Gainesville. We hit every traffic light and little town all the way to Gainesville. We ate a quick (late) lunch in Gainesville, then finished driving up I-75 to I-10 and finally to Tallahassee.

The traffic added a good two hours to the trip time north. I didn't reach Meg's place until nearly 5pm. I helped her get her stuff out of the Prius, checked Moby (the 1994 940 Volvo wagon), then hit Pitaria on Tennessee for a quick bite of supper. After dropping Megs off one last time and filling up with gas, I got back on I-10 and headed home. It was a little after 6pm.

Alone on I-10
"Alone on I-10"
Olympus E-P2 with OM 50mm f/1.4 and Panasonic DMW-MA1 + Olympus MF-1 adapters
0.8s, f/2.8, ISO 200

I got home at 10pm. The trip back south was fast, but traffic on the northbound side of I-75 was still horrible, even at 8pm. I counted five separate accidents around Gainesville, and one near Ocala. Fortunately, there were none going back south to Orlando.

Now to get ready for the first day of work in 2011.


  1. ahh ... cars ... we love the mobility but they just don't scale well to mass transport do they.


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