Ever heard that life’s not about “the destination” but rather about “the journey”? (Cue the inspirational poster with a rock climber hanging precariously from a cliff or the bumper sticker slapped on the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee splattered with mud.)
Assuming that someone at some point actually said it (which I find improbable, but Google searches do reveal a few hits), that person has never been to central Kentucky.
Though I’m sure central Kentucky is not unique in this regard, the roads are quite conveniently named, if you know where you want to go. Main Street going one direction veers into Paris Pike, which heads, not surprisingly, out to Paris, Kentucky, to the East. Heading West, Main Street morphs into Frankfort Road. Yes, it goes to Frankfort, our beloved capital city.
And check this out: the main road around Lexington is a big circle (called, originality-be-darned, “New Circle Road”), and off of that circle are a dozen roads like the spokes of a wheel, including Versailles (pronounced Ver-SALEs), Harrodsburg , Nicholasville, Richmond, and Winchester Roads. These spokes head (wonder of wonders) to Versailles, Harrodsburg, Nicholasville, Richmond, and Winchester, respectively. I’ve never been to these places, but I know how to get there.
Because creativity runs rampant in this area.
Of course, this road-naming tendency is not convenient if you’re trying to give someone directions or follow a map, and the road names keep changing on you. For instance, take Broadway.
In my little town, Broadway is the main north/south artery through our “downtown.” It is also Rt. 25. Above Main Street, it is called Cincinnati Road. Below Main Street, it is called Lexington Road. But at the county line, it changes to Georgetown Road, convenient if you’re heading North but confusing if you’re heading South, away from Georgetown. Oy.
Main Street, meanwhile, is also 460, but there’s a 460 bypass that goes by the names of both 460 or “the bypass.”
Basically, if you aren’t from here, it’s kind of hard to figure out what’s what. If you are, well, I guess it’s not about the journey. It’s about the destination…
…if you know where you’re going.