Drive All Night

So, as Atlantans we like to complain about traffic. But in all honesty, we have some good driving around here. Last Thursday I was headed out kind of late to meet a friend who was in town from Phoenix. I live in Alpharetta (but I’m moving downtown so don’t hold it against me).

So about 9:30 in the PM (21h30 if you’re down with 24-hour time) I head down to 8th street and then on to Loca Luna. Driving at night is one of the treats of Atlanta, especially in the spring and fall (or near-fall, whatever you want to call our current climate). Windows down, sunroof open, radio blaring and speedometer set on whatever you wanna do (driving fast is another good thing about Atlanta).

Despite living way out in the burbs, I can be at my friends’ place in 30 minutes and feeling fine. Heading home around 3am (03h00) was more of the same with even fewer cars. Sure, traffic sucks. But on a clear night, heading into the city from the North, or getting onto the connector from Freedom Parkway gives you some pretty sweet views of our skyline and makes you forget how you were beating your head on the steering wheel just a few hours earlier.

1 Comment so far

  1. Peyton Holland (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 7:28 pm

    totally agree with this. born and raised here in the a-town (peace up to suburban northeast side).. and i’d say the most stunning thing about coming into atlanta from the north is heading down 85 around 9:30 on a september night.. windows down, radio blaring, as you said.. once you hit 75/85, it’s like the skyline hits you at once like a ton of bricks. it’s great stuff. good post.



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