Bye Bye on the freeway!
Original post made by Mom by Gunn, Green Acres, on Mar 7, 2012
As I made my way patiently onto the 101 going North, the traffic appeared to be thinning out. Traffic on the other side of the concrete divider was packed, all lanes south bound slowing to a mere crawl. I was thinking how lucky I was that I didn't have to join in every day in what has slowly become a driving nightmare since the days that I first learned how to drive on the then two lane 101 highway in the late 1950's.
Proceeding further north in lane #2, I glanced over to the right lane on ramp and noticed it was closed off by a police officer with his red and blue lights flashing. Traffic was backed up and stopped for as far back as I could see as I was glancing at a quick pace.
I then traveled further, traffic around me thinning out. I glanced again to my right as I came upon Willow Rd. Same thing, police holding back traffic. Gee, I didn't know if someone was giving me preferencial treatment or if there was trouble in East Palo Alto... It dawned on me. Oh, yes. A visiting dignatary was at Facebook today.
I was slowing down at that point and looking a little harder at the on ramp at Willow. More police holding traffic, out of their cars, looking up and down the road. Going at such a snail pace myself by then, I turned my eyes up to my rear view mirror. There wasn't a car to be seen in the north bound lanes, totally empty. At first it was spooky, like a Sci~Fi movie...then, in the far distance before the next on ramp, I saw a moving object coming down the middle lane towards me. One large black limo. I pulled over to the side of the road. I thought about taking a photo, but there wasn't enough time..so I rolled down my window. I waved, but could not see if anyone was looking due to the darken out windows. Then I thought how unfortunate a visitor from another country was cheated out of knowing how it REALLY is in our country, of how they missed out on our rush hour traffic... Gee, what a shame.
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