Wherever you are, there you go

Published 11:32 am Thursday, October 20, 2016

could have easily titled this week’s column “It’s all connected,” but I like switching things up on an old quote. I first heard the original, “Wherever you go, there you are,” in the classic 1980s sci-fi cult classic “Buckaroo Banzai: Adventures Across the 8th Dimension.”

By flipping it around to “Where you are, there you go,” I’m referring to a truth about our community, especially Farmville: It’s all connected. If you are in Farmville, you can go just about anywhere. We may not have an interstate running nearby, but we have three U.S. highways — 15, 360 and 460 — along with various other roads to get you where you’re going. By being in the Heart of Virginia, we are not really that far from anywhere in the commonwealth. It’s not even that far to get to other states in the region.

Throw in an airport or two and you can even travel the world.

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Let me stick to roads, though. For example, most of the time when I need to visit my sons back in South Carolina, I use the following highways: U.S. 15 and U.S. 360 to South Boston; U.S. 58 to Danville; through most of North Carolina, I’m on U.S. 29 and U.S. 220/I-73/I-74 to Rockingham; from there, it’s U.S. 1 all the way to Camden, S.C.

My father’s birthday was Thursday. I hope to visit him this weekend. I would use U.S. 360 to Richmond and use a piece of I-95 to U.S. 301 to get all the way to where he lives in Maryland.

If I lived earlier in Farmville’s history, I might have used the Appomattox River and canal system to get part of the way. Or, perhaps, I would have boarded a train.

Like I said, it’s all connected, and how great is that?

Martin L. Cahn is the managing editor of The Farmville Herald. His email is martin.cahn@farmvilleherald.com.