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The thread about Staten Island in the Northeast subforum caused me to think of this question.

I'm curious about roads you think feel like you're in a totally different place depending on which direction you're driving. The reason can be whatever reason you deem appropriate.

For me, as the first sentence of this post suggests, the classic example is the Staten Island Expressway, especially the portion east of Todt Hill and the former ghost ramps. To me the eastbound drive feels like I'm in a completely different place from the westbound drive. I've never been completely sure why, but I think it's due to the view out the front. Heading east you're plunging downhill and you see the Verrazano Bridge ahead pretty much the whole time; heading west you never see the bridge and you see a lot of hills ahead of you. So what you see as you're driving feels completely different each way. I asked my brother and father once and they had the same feeling—the westbound drive feels like a completely different place. (Also, I would not be surprised if the way there are different exits in each direction, with different BGSs, on that particular road might factor in as well.)

Curious if anyone else ever has that same feeling anywhere.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2015, 10:58:34 AM »

The thread about Staten Island in the Northeast subforum caused me to think of this question.

I'm curious about roads you think feel like you're in a totally different place depending on which direction you're driving. The reason can be whatever reason you deem appropriate.

For me, as the first sentence of this post suggests, the classic example is the Staten Island Expressway, especially the portion east of Todt Hill and the former ghost ramps. To me the eastbound drive feels like I'm in a completely different place from the westbound drive. I've never been completely sure why, but I think it's due to the view out the front. Heading east you're plunging downhill and you see the Verrazano Bridge ahead pretty much the whole time; heading west you never see the bridge and you see a lot of hills ahead of you. So what you see as you're driving feels completely different each way. I asked my brother and father once and they had the same feeling—the westbound drive feels like a completely different place. (Also, I would not be surprised if the way there are different exits in each direction, with different BGSs, on that particular road might factor in as well.)

Curious if anyone else ever has that same feeling anywhere.

US 191 from Rock Springs to Jackson, WY. Southbound it is a miserable flat drive with absolutely nothing to see, no vegetation, no nothing. Northbound is an impressive panorama of the Wind River and Grand Teton mountains, including the highest mountain in Wyoming.

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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2015, 11:26:50 AM »

Never been on it, but I'd think the Moki Dugway would have to qualify. If I ever drive it, I definitely want to do it in the downhill direction.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2015, 11:33:37 AM »

Eastbound on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge feels quite different than the awesome views seen on the westbound approach into San Francisco.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2015, 12:06:19 PM »

I'd think any double-decker bridge would qualify.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2015, 12:12:44 PM »

I'd think any double-decker bridge would qualify.

Might depend on whether each deck is one-way or two-way. Consider the Verrazano or the George Washington, for example, both of which have two two-way levels.

I had to look up the Moki Dugway mentioned in your other post. That looks wild. I'd love to go see that someday.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2015, 01:31:15 PM »

I had to look up the Moki Dugway mentioned in your other post. That looks wild. I'd love to go see that before FritzOwl makes it into I-17.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2015, 02:02:33 PM »

I had to look up the Moki Dugway mentioned in your other post. That looks wild. I'd love to go see that before FritzOwl makes it into I-17.

I don't read the Fictional Highways subforum very often, so I'm missing the joke if there is one there.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2015, 02:42:29 PM »

CA-110 North From Downtown LA to Figeroa Tunnels feel different than CA-110 South from the I-5 Interchange to Downtown LA.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2015, 03:08:38 PM »

I-70 through the Glenwood Canyon, for the obvious reason.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2015, 03:47:52 PM »

I've never been there, but apparently, the NJ-29 "tunnel" (really a cut and cover) is not sealed on all sides, so it feels like a real tunnel in one direction, but as ha view of the Delaware river in the other.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2015, 03:52:10 PM »

I-87 between the Adirondacks and Plattsburgh.  NB, it's just a flat boring road.  SB, it's actually scenic because the flatness provides a great view of the mountains.
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2015, 04:01:48 PM »

Never been on it, but I'd think the Moki Dugway would have to qualify. If I ever drive it, I definitely want to do it in the downhill direction.

we went down and it was awesome!
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Re: Roads that feel like a different place driving in opposite directions
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2015, 09:42:29 PM »

Never been on it, but I'd think the Moki Dugway would have to qualify. If I ever drive it, I definitely want to do it in the downhill direction.

I drove it up and then U-turned and went back down. The view isn't different since all the twisting and turning means you can see cliffs above and the valley below in both directions. Definitely drives differently, though - going up involved a lot of use of the gas pedal. Going down I put my car in low gear and mostly just rolled, braking as needed.

Honestly if you're going to pick only one direction to drive it in I'd say go up. Reason why is when you get to the top there's a spot you can pull over and get out to admire the drop dead gorgeous panoramic view. Much more fulfilling to do that after driving up than before driving down, I'd think.



The extreme example of a different experience in different directions involving a double decker freeway would be the Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel in Pittsburgh. Going west you're on the lower level over the bridge (bridges if you came from 279) and then you go in a tunnel, pop out and are outta town. Going east you emerge from the tunnel to downtown in front of your face.
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