As I was rolling down I35 this afternoon from Des Moines to Kansas City, I was transported into one of those metaphysical caravans. That feeling of belonging to the group when you travel behind or in front of other cars who have their speed control set at exactly the same speed. Today’s relationship involved an older red Pontiac grand am with Minnesota plates and an older dark colored GMC pickup with Iowa plates. I followed the pickup for many miles, passing other cars in rhythm and the red Pontiac was following me. I first became aware of my group when the Pontiac brazenly passed me and got between the pick up and me. That was fine…we stayed in this little fictional group for many, many miles.
I’ve had this little comradory before but usually when I’m traveling behind someone traveling over the posted speed and I slide in behind them feeling safer with someone ahead of me drawing the radar attention.
But as usual…someone had to mess it up! The pickup just had to pull off at a rest area so it was just the juke and the Pontiac….when I pulled off on 470 and the Pontiac continued on 435, I wondered if the driver had any idea that he/she was such a part of my life.
Until next time……