1. Resa
    July 7, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Wow, is that Highway 29? I recognize a lot of those buildings. It really is sad to see how much suburban sprawl has changed the landscape of America. I totally understand what you mean about how far apart things are in America. To get to my local Target, it takes about 20 minutes and I have to take a highway 🙁

  2. Sabrina
    December 6, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    So true 🙂 Space is just a totally different concept in the US, especially in the South it seems. It has become almost normal for us to be willing to drive 5-6 hours just for a weekend trip…. back in Germany I would have never done that 🙂

    • Andrew
      December 7, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

      We did a 4 hour train to Paris and that was ok. 5-6 would get me to Munich or almost to Berlin from here. It would also get me to Milan and almost to the Italian Riviera. It seems insane to do that for a weekend, but you are right I remember driving from NC to DC for a weekend or all the way across Virginia for a weekend too. Sheesh.

  3. Laurel
    November 29, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Agreed, there’s nothing like living in another country then returning home to see things in a whole new light. I had forgotten about the huge parking lots as well with nary a Parkhaus in sight.

    • Andrew
      November 29, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

      Parking decks exist in the south too, but with SO much land just laying there unused it is often more economic to use it to grow out rather than up or down like here in Germany.

  4. Jeremy Branham
    November 28, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Road trips in the US are a necessity. Sometimes I enjoy them. And sometimes I want someone else to do the driving. This is why I like trains in Europe. The US is different and cars will always be a necessity because the country is so big. However, it would be nice to have some trains as an option.

    • Andrew
      November 29, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

      Road Trip! is somehow different to me than a long drive to get somewhere. Especially if it is a mundane place, like a specific store.

      A Road Trip! is like the 22 hour drive from Virginia to Minnesota one year for Thanksgiving. Stopping to take pictures of water towers and going into Walmart at 2am and peeing in corn fields because although the exit said there was a town, there was no town.

  5. Andrea
    November 28, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Wow, haha – haven’t seen images like these in a long time. I really don’t miss the sprawl of many parts of the States

    • Andrew
      November 29, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

      Yup sprawl and more sprawl. I was having fun taking pictures of roads.

  6. Alison
    November 27, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    I would be stuffed if I lived there, as I don’t drive. I have never liked driving and, around Lincolnshire where many of the roads are dangerous ‘red routes’, I would really rather get on a bus than risk it behind the wheel. Imagine if they tried to introduce a ‘get on your bike’ scheme here. Don’t think it would be welcomed some how 🙂

    • Andrew
      November 27, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

      Yeah, not having a license is very odd in the US. Being able to drive is common but often not required to get said license.

      Red routes? So they mark dangerous roads somehow? Why wouldn’t they like bikes there?

      • Alison
        November 28, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

        Yep the red routes are basically high casualty roads. I meant I don’t think introducing all the ‘cycle to work’ type schemes they have in Europe would work in places like this where everybody drives 🙂

        • Andrew
          November 29, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

          Wow. Does marking them red help that fewer people drive them or those that do are more careful?

          Yeah, biking wouldn’t work in the US. One the distances are too far and two the weather in the summer in Atlanta is too hot. It would just plain not work there. New York has a fair number of bikes despite the traffic there. Other cities have done it too. Often smaller places like college towns have a decent amount of bikes, but when employees have an hour commute bikes aren’t an option.