My mental image of visiting Mumbai is streets almost impassable with traffic. Rush hour in LA, sitting in traffic going nowhere, is something I would plan to avoid on a trip to Southern California. I don’t drive in London. I have driven in Manhattan, although I don’t recommend it. Traffic is unavoidable during urban holidays.
Last Saturday as I drove south from Cottage Country I was reminded that traffic is an unknown variable when planning a visit to a new region. The reminder was bumper to bumper northbound traffic – three lanes of it – beginning at Barrie, ON. The traffic had not let up when I exited the 400 at King City. That is a distance of 60 km!
I had driven that northward route exactly one week before. I didn’t experience traffic that dense, although I did experience rain showers so intense that my windshield wipers couldn’t keep my window clear! One week later, the weather was perfect. Sunny, bright and cool – perfect cottage weather.
This is my final Cottage Country advisory. To avoid traffic when heading north from Toronto, travel earlier on the weekend. If you reach Barrie by 9 AM at the latest, you should avoid the worst of the traffic. Or travel during the week. Southbound on Sunday night should be avoided and early Monday morning during the summer.
I hope to meet you in Cottage Country one day.