Giddyup Horsey!

21 Apr

Some days my driving abilities really impress me.

Or maybe it was just part of the big plan to make things a little easier for me after what the last month has dished out (long, busy days at work – exhausting drives home – you remember, I’m sure…)

Whatever the case, I turned what could have been a hair pulling, teeth gritting, mumbling under my breath, commute home into a proud, pat myself on the back, “aren’t you the smart one?” ride home.

I had finished up a nine hour shift at work, and although I was on my feet most of the time, I had 2 other people at the desk with me, a chance to go to the bathroom when needed, and a 15 minute SIT DOWN lunch!  I know, right? It was heavenly!

But still, after nine hours, and having been up since 3am, I was ready to be home.  I had just crossed the river into Illinois when the I saw the signs warning me of the two left lane closure happening in 2 miles.


A lot of people got over to the right after seeing the first sign.  I used to be that courteous until I got so upset by people staying in the soon to be closed lane, and then cutting in front of me, thereby pushing me further and further back, that this time, I stayed to the left.  A semi eventually came over to keep more people from “cutting” which was fine by me.  I just stayed behind him knowing no one would get past us.  After all, we were first, right?

We crawled along as the 3 lanes became 2, and then inched along when the 2 became one.  It was at that point – the moment when I realized this was gonna take a while – that I saw the exits for the 255 Interstate.  I didn’t want to take that interstate, because it goes North and South, and I wanted East. BUT an idea miraculously popped into my head.   I had suddenly remembered that the exit consisted of two lanes.  One of the lanes led to the 255 North and 255 South exits. The other lane was a through lane leading back to the interstate I was on, you know, in case someone “accidentally” exited.


I cut over, acting like I was really taking the exit, heehee, then sped up to 60mph, passing the exits to my right, passing the stand-still traffic to my left, and whistling all the while!

When it came time to merge in with the traffic on my interstate, I snuck in right away, and 30 seconds later, all the lanes opened back up again!

I tell ya – I was grinnin’ from ear to ear and high-fivin’ myself the rest of the way home.

I just hope people weren’t noticing, because I have to make the same commute again tomorrow – and I’ll be a little ticked if the others are all in my express lane.

But seeing this is the weekend, the traffic most likely did not consist of the normal commuters, so I have a pretty good inkling that tomorrow there will be a whole new set of drivers on the road.

And that can only mean good news for me.


P.S.   For those of you who aren’t aware, the license plates on my Mustang say Whoa Horsey…. hence the title.  🙂


Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Commute, Mustang


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18 responses to “Giddyup Horsey!

  1. Mike

    April 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Heh… exit hopping. A tactic I used to employ frequently when I lived down south and had to take I-55 and I-270 to work every day. You make me proud. 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      April 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Let this just be our little secret. 😉

  2. Abby

    April 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Whoa! That horse has got moves!

    (for a minute, I was afraid this was another pee-in-the-car story)

    • shadowrun300

      April 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Oh yeah!! That was skillful too. 🙂 This was much more fun! Someday I’ll share my story about how I foiled a road-rage driver. It happened months ago, but I still smile whenever I think about what I did. It was exciting and thrilling, yet scary and maybe kinda dangerous, but I don’t regret it. Stay tuned…..

  3. Jules

    April 22, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Ha I know exactly which spot you are talking about on the Interstate! I have done that a few times on I-44 if there is an accident or construction…just go along the side road and join back up a mile or so later after all is clear!

    • shadowrun300

      April 22, 2012 at 1:09 am

      I couldn’t believe I was the only one doing it. The other drivers must not have known that the exit lane hooks back up with the interstate. Their loss! 🙂

  4. towardshealthylife

    April 22, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Pretty clever! Cannot wait for the next episode of the amazing race home 😉

    • shadowrun300

      April 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Good point! Gotta practice those skills if I wanna win the race!

  5. agg79

    April 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got a little NASCAR in your blood. I’ve seen those shoulder by-pass moves done a few times (mostly by guys on crotch rockets). Be careful, tho, highway karma can be a real b$#$#@. Hope nobody remember’s your move tomorrow otherwise, there goes all the fun. And I’d love to hear how you dealt with road rage. I’ve seen more than my fair share of road warriors on my daily runs.

    • shadowrun300

      April 23, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Those crotch rocket drivers are more dare-devilish than I am. I’m not brave enough to pass on the shoulder…. The lane I used ran parallel to the interstate and hooked back up with it about a mile up the road. Nothing illegal….. BTW on Sunday, the roads weren’t closed so there was no traffic. Whew!

      I’ll definitely tell the road rage story, if I can make it sound as exciting as it really was! I’ll give it a shot in the next day or so. 🙂

  6. Janet

    April 23, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Clever move there. I am always totally obidient when on the streets. I never even cut lanes with my scooter or pull to the side to get by the cars when stopped at a traffiv light. Hope you had a nice weekend. 😉

  7. shadowrun300

    April 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’m glad you don’t cut lanes with your scooter. I see lots of people on motorcycles who try to do that, or squeeze between the cars. It’s dangerous and tends to make other drivers mad – not a good combination. I don’t think what I did was illegal…. but maybe?? I’ll have to look up the rules of the road. 🙂

  8. Rock Chef

    April 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I would love to see that plate – I often make words from the plates of cars that pass me, some nice some not so nice…

    • shadowrun300

      April 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I almost spelled it out for you, but with my sneaky driving record the past few months, I’m not sure I want my license plate out there for all to see. 🙂 It’s amazing how many plates have Whoa Horsey spelled one way or another. It took me a long time to find an available spelling of it.

  9. territerri

    April 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Smart move on your part! I’m not sure I’ve ever found a “shortcut” in the middle of road construction!

    Those merging lanes would be so much smoother if all drivers would just obey the ZIPPER merge!

    • shadowrun300

      April 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I totally hear you on the zipper move – but you always have the ones that try to fly by everybody and squeeze in front. I get so tired of it that I end up being the one that flies by…
      I was very proud of my shortcut maneuver. With all the construction going on in that area, I may be using it again. 🙂

  10. meleahrebeccah (@meleahrebeccah)

    April 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Oh that definitely deserves a pat on the back! Smooth move there! Way to dogdge the traffic!

    • shadowrun300

      April 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      I suppose you don’t have that option on the New Jersey Turnpike, huh? 😉


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