On the first leg of my summer sojourn I witnessed many types of fearlessness. So this is less of a story and more of a travel log of the first four states on my journey.
I left my home in Florida, north bound traveling the back roads. Once off U.S. 19, a four-lane divided highway, it was two-lane country roads into Georgia. A road sign indicating a town was often followed by a blinking light, no commerce, no residential district in sight. No sign of civilization as far as the eye could see.
Fearless are those who have chosen to live on the road less traveled. Where do they shop for groceries? How often do they make the trek? Do they have large gardens and farm animals for food? Are they lonely? Why have they chosen such an isolated existence?
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One consistent sight along north Florida and southern Georgia roads was the plethora of Baptist churches. Most were small, white buildings with steeples, the kind you see in movies, very picturesque. No two of them were of the same denomination.
Fearless were the missionaries who blanketed the south propagating the faith. What was their motivation? What population were they targeting? Could there have been enough money to keep so many congregations alive? How do they all still survive?
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Once I joined fellow travelers on I 75 no words can describe the antics of fearless drivers on the road. They seem to have no value for their own life or the lives of anyone around them. What is waiting for them at the end of their trip? It must be something special to risk everything to get there a few minutes sooner.
They send me to the slow lane, fearful I might be caught in bumper to bumper traffic crawling past them, their car crushed on the side of the road. Hopefully no one will be injured.
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Two fearless cows, one brown and one white, pushed their noses out the trailer window. Traveling 70 mph, face in the wind must have been exhilarating for them. Or maybe they just wanted some fresh air. It was a comical sight I wish I could have caught on camera.
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Are animals that try to cross a major interstate fearless or merely unaware of the danger they are in? When they don’t make it, the fearless carrion birds show up, risking their lives for a fresh meal
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Fearless were the crews that blasted through mountains to build the roads in Tennessee. Not to be outdone by man, Mother Nature shows her fearless side in the plants and trees growing out of the rocks bordering the interstate.
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On a respite in Kentucky, I am once again struck by the fearless beauty of the horse farms; miles and miles of fences. Pastures glow sporting thirty shades of green. Horses strut and gallop with fearless grace and glee.
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If you are fearless enough to leave home and bask in the beauty of this great country we live in, your efforts will be rewarded may times over. You don’t have to go far. Just look around you. See the beauty you have driven by so many times before. Look for the unexpected in the ordinary.
Go fearlessly on your journey. I recommend the slow lane.