The first time I walked thru Cambridge I turned to the road that led to Steubenville along US-22. Since then that route has become clogged with "fracking" traffic. During the break from the road, when Nice (the dog) twisted his foot, I retraced the steps of years ago. Even without the increased volume of gas exploration vehicles and the Walmart rigs traveling to the new distribution hub I was lucky to have made it through. Many of the places where I had walked at night back then would now be more risky because the flow of trucks is almost constant now. I have learned to avoid narrow roads with guardrails tight along both sides of he road. Many spots along 22 I would now skip by, taking a ride or letting the air out of the world and transporting it in the van.
Part of the "drive" to walk to Pittsburg a second time was to reflect on what I have learned in the past six years. When I came to the fork in the road I decided to take the less traveled road to Wheeling, West Virginia. It was relaxing to walk along the Old National Highway,US-40, and the back roads for the past few days, without the constant traffic. Now I am approaching the outskirts of Wheeling. The roads are filling up again. It may be a few miles farther than the road I took six years ago, but it has been much more relaxed.