One thing I’ve learned very quickly about since moving to Dallas has been about toll roads. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’ve never heard of a toll road. I can put two and two together and figure out that it means you have to pay for using it. In California, I paid toll every workday to cross the bridge. At $4.00 a pop, it was an expense. However, toll roads, are actually few and far between. The only ones that I ever saw were in Southern California.
Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of toll roads. In fact, they kind of ignite a mini anxiety attack. I know that it would probably be pretty difficult to just blindly get on a toll road, but what it confusing to me is when there are only PORTIONS of the road that have a toll.
Last week, I ventured to Ikea to look for a laptop table. I saw one in the freshly issued catalog and wanted to go check it out. We had been to Ikea last year and I knew that involved some clever maneuvers to get there without the toll road. Of course, Cent had been driving. I had been the passenger. I figured we’d get there. But I wasn’t paying that much attention, I wasn’t driving.
I was following the GPS dictate directions. I had even clicked the option to “Avoid Toll Roads”. I think I was about halfway there when I remembered that when we went last year we ended up taking the service road of this tolled highway. I don’t get it, but I took the surface road. Well I arrived at Ikea, toll free.
Getting back is a different story. I figured it would just be taking the same service road back and then get on the free part of the highway. Well, not so. I found myself trying to trick the GPS to recalculate the route so that it would stop insisting that I go on the toll road, which I had told it to specifically avoid! I ended up taking the scenic route through two other cities. It wasn’t terrible, it just took me about double the time. But I guess now I know how to get there…kind of.
Lesson learned: only go to Ikea and that side of town with Cent, until really familiar with the area.
Also, perhaps I should look into getting a toll tag and be able to drive without toll-anxiety.