About thirty miles from my house, in rural Solano County, Calif. near the border with Yolo County (yes, it’s really called that, I lived there for seven years), Kidwell Road crosses Interstate 80. I have driven past this interchange many times over the years. I used to live just a few miles away from there, in Davis, and for a significant portion of that time, my daily commute took me that way. That route is also part of the most direct route from Sacramento to San Francisco, and I do that drive often enough that I still see Kidwell Road fairly often. What always confused me about Kidwell Road is that it goes nowhere.
South of the freeway, Kidwell Road ends in a T-intersection with a frontage road; this frontage road dead-ends into the fields one way, and runs for about another mile or so to the next road, which also has ramps to and from I-80, in the other direction. North of the freeway, Kidwell Road makes a 90 degree turn, changing its name for some unnecessary reason, and promptly dead-ending into some other fields. The story I read is that this was built to settle a promise from decades earlier to farmers in the region. They had been promised that when I-80 was built, they would still be able to conveniently access the highway, even though Interstates don’t have driveways. Of course, there was another interchange about a mile away, and there are plenty of other agricultural regions in California where the interchanges on the freeways are much more than a mile apart. So these farmers, whoever they were, must have been politically powerful.
In keeping with the title and logo, I have always titled my weekly posts in this blog as highway exits. So, if we keep up that theme, this week’s post is a bit like Kidwell Road. It goes nowhere.
For being off work, I’ve had an unusually busy week. At least it has felt busy, although much of that has been taken up by afternoon naps, and the rest has been out having fun with friends. I have stuff on my mind, and a lot has gone on in the world, and I haven’t really processed it all. Every time I sit down and try to write something, it never really works. I’m already a week behind, I promised two posts in a week at some point to make up for that, but I haven’t done that yet.
So this post is the Kidwell Road interchange on Highway Pi. I’m just letting all of you know I’m still here, and I appreciate you reading it. Thank you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need some rest… which I think is a good lesson for all of us.