Sunday, June 24, 2007

One Crosstown Drive

Tonight I took Delmar east from the Loop, turned right onto Skinker, left on Forest Park Parkway, and then right on De Baliviere, winging around past the History Museum, following a train of cars who seemed to know quite well where they were going. Right again, then around the lovely fresh fountains below Art Hill, perfectly white; navigating the tiny arrowed lanes to turn left up the west side of the hill, to the Art Museum, behind the statue of Louis pointing his sword, around the Zoo's grid of bird cage and into the new roundabout and finally onto Hampton.

I cut through The Hill instead of charging down Hampton's stoplight-strewn curves. Sublette will take you past Cunetto's House of Pasta, a park where baseball is continously played, past the old State Hospital and the Crematorium; down to the boulevard of Utah, right on Brannon, left on Neosho, right on south Kingshighway and finally Gravois to Loughborough. Probably a twelve-mile trip.

I drove this random alternate route without thinking too much about anything other than staying off the interstate and avoiding the four-lane secondary roads. A good time for 30 mph driving, with the window open and the grassy smells of summer flowing in, and the houses hushed and lowlit.

2 comments:

Larry said...

I'm just wondering if you keep all four wheels on the ground on the curves. Cornering on three wheels is something you ought to try - on a track preferably - until you get the hang of it.

Driver said...

I've not had my wheels leave the ground yet, although I'm aware of that singing sound when you're stressing where the rubber meets the road.

Where does one do this kind of track driving? Going around a curve on three wheels--is that a feature of track racing?