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Interstate Travel Made Easier

Posted at 2:11 PM on July 14, 2008 by Ward Jacobson

Just got back from vacation.....

While I'm no fan of extended drives along most Interstate highways across the U.S., I experienced a most enjoyable one along I-5 from central Oregon into northern California.

It was Independence Day.

Rolling south through the Willamette Valley with the Cascades to my left and the Coastal Range to my right, there was classical music found on the radio! From Copland (Rodeo) and Ives ("America" Variations) to Bernstein (Candide Overture) and Gould (American Salute), the soundtrack for my drive was made-to-order for the day.

Okay, the average price of gas along the way was about $4.75 per gallon, and nothing about that excites me. But hearing that wonderful American music, on that day, in that oh-so-beautiful region of our country made me feel pretty good....and yes, patriotic!

Wish I knew who was responsible on the programming side - to whomever it might have been, thanks!