Interstate 10 is a marvelous ribbon of concrete that connects Jacksonville, Florida, to Los Angeles, California - crossing eight states along the way. It is also one of the most traveled thoroughfares across Phoenix. During mid-day or late in the evening it is quite convenient to zip from the extreme West Valley to the airport and beyond by using the Ten. The rush hours, however - morning and evening - are quite another story.
The many lanes of the Ten are packed heading into Phoenix in the morning, and away from Phoenix in the late afternoon - and I am just about always heading the wrong way. If I am going to Sky Harbor Airport, more often than not it will be for a morning flight. To get to the airport, I have to drive fifteen miles or so on the Ten - toward downtown Phoenix and then a few miles beyond. And the return trip, of course, usually occurs during the height of the afternoon rush hour - heading out toward the West Valley and away from downtown Phoenix.
The trips are usually slow, bumper-to-bumper, unless there is a wreck along the way - and then "slow" doesn't even begin to describe it!
Today I attended some social work training in Mesa and managed to land smack in the middle of both rush hours. It wasn't fun, but I did relieve some stress by daydreaming about rush hour was going to be like in West Plains. Then I remembered that even rural America has traffic issues. Traffic congestion in the Ozarks is a line of cars trying to get around a farmer on a tractor (or tourists in an RV) on a twisting, two-lane road.
As Gilda Radner used to say, "It's always something!"