just kept drivin’…

He drove north towards the Michigan line…taking back roads and long curvy highways through hamlets and villages…small towns…went past elementary schools where kids were out on swing sets and playing kick ball…past post offices with people inside waiting to mail off letters to sons over seas…birthday cards to grand daughters…pay electric bills…

and he’d drive by these trees…tall and colorful with rust colored leaves and chipped off bark…initials carved into ’em…Patty loves Sammy…hearts with arrows through ’em…

The old man stopped at a gas station to get a Pepsi…looked at the beef jerkey selection…decided onna Slim Jim…got back in the car and kept drivin’…drove along Lake Michigan on the Blue Arrow Highway…an old Chevy truck keepin’ pace with BMW’s…Subaru’s…couple of semis comin’ up from behind…

Had the radio turned to clasical music…Schubert…Mozart…Beethoven…the hits kept comin’…he’d hum along to ’em…not knowin’ where he was gonna end up…maybe Petosky…maybe the U.P. …

Then he got this crazy notion ’bout leavin’ the country…goin’ to Canada and never comin’ back…had no wife…no kids…nothin’ to keep him in the states…he thought ’bout it…thought ’bout it…

He started laughin’ crazily…talkin’ to himself…little words like…should’ve…would’ve…could’ve…

Said his whole life was one big road trip…skippin’ from town to town…accomplishin’ nothin’…it was ’bout that time…

Got to the border and just kept drivin’…just kept drivin’…

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