By taking the back roads, I passed the ruins of the Ebenezer Church near Emmitsburg, Md., and Sachs Covered Bridge in Adams County, Pa. The 100-foot, town truss bridge spanning Marsh Creek wasn’t on my printed book map or in my GPS program. It is closed to vehicular traffic, so I guess it just doesn’t get noted by mapping companies. I only found it because I took the time to drive the back roads.
When I compared my custom route against the main roads suggested by the GPS unit, the time difference was less than an hour. Of course, the discoveries I made along my path tempted me into pulling over and lingering, but isn’t that the point?
I also determined that the back roads felt safer because they forced me to slow down — not because it was pouring rain but because the area was so pretty and there was so much to see.
So this fall, before you head out the door for a day or weekend trip, take a moment to plot out a custom route. Then slow down and take the roads less traveled.