Going Places

Ever since the walking/biking path near my house was paved by the city, bicycle and foot traffic here has multiplied greatly. Bicycles of all sizes and descriptions pedal by on the street on their way to and from the path. While observing a young bicyclist and two kids on bikes under his supervision, I began contemplating various forms of transportation.

First of all, transportation is a key component of civilization. We are an interdependent species that depends upon traveling places to see one another. It’s vitally important in commerce and trade. Sometimes we travel simply for the pleasure of going places.

Transportation is so ubiquitous that we barely even notice it until something goes wrong. If the car fails to start or if a storm has blocked the roads we feel frustration over not being able to reach our destinations. When transportation to and from a city is hindered, day to day activities are threatened. If modern transportation would fail, civilization as we know it would grind to a halt. Knowing this, governments have prioritized the viability and effectiveness of various modes of transport.

I can’t think of any major part of civilized life or industry that is not reliant upon transportation. Throughout history, people have traveled or migrated. Whether by foot, beasts of burden, carts, or motorized vehicles, we have gone by land, water, and air to and from our destinations.

My mind drifted into recounting the types of transportation I have used. My parents bought me a tricycle when I was old enough to ride one. They also gifted a bicycle for my sixth birthday. I still remember the afternoon a year later, when dad removed the training wheels and set me loose on the backyard lawn.

I experienced flight before getting the first bike. It was aboard a Piper Cub when dad brought me along on a business trip. Since then, I can say I’ve flown aboard various planes from Cessnas to Boeing 777s.

I’ve enjoyed such long-haul trains as Amtrak from Omaha to San Francisco and Indian Railways from Mumbai to Bengaluru. Although passenger trains are not used as widely in the United States, freight rail is vital to commerce and national defense.

Although I’ve paddled canoes and rowboats and ridden in small watercraft, I’ve never traveled anywhere by ocean liner or cruise ship. Perhaps that will happen someday.

The mode I’ll probably never try will be spacecraft. Yet it’s fun to daydream about interplanetary journeys. That helicopter on Mars is the manifestation of somebody’s dream.

Did I forget motorized highway transportation? I’ve ridden in and/or owned cars, buses, and trucks. One of dad’s coworkers took me for my first ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when I was five or six years old. The most unforgettable motorcycle ride was on my friend Girish’s Suzuki when we sped down a crowded expressway in Thane, India. I’ve never felt so vulnerable in my life.

While skimming over this post, it appears that my mind has virtually transported my thoughts without leaving home. Does that mean reminiscing is a form of transportation, too? Do you enjoy nostalgic thoughts about going places?

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes celebrity astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. “I said that if aliens came to visit, I’d be embarrassed to tell them that we fight wars to pull fossil fuels out of the ground to run our transportation. They’d be like, What?'” 

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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4 Responses to Going Places

  1. Alien Resort says:

    Reminds me of the different versions of the song “I’ve Been Everywhere”.

  2. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    💜 Yes


  3. Reminiscing is at least a substitute for transportation. One I’ve relied on a lot during the pandemic.

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