Today I travelled over 460 miles which is well over 700km, so it’s timely I post about roading – both the serious and light-hearted side. I started in Reno, Nevada which is like the Desert Road and finished in Twin Falls, Idaho which is like a cross between Waikato and Canterbury. In between is massive wide open spaces that pictures just don’t do justice. Photo of the freeway in Nevada…
Geothermal Development Associates
This mornings meeting was with Geothermal Development Associates in Reno. Martin and David are gentlemen and pioneers in the geothermal industry, having started their business in 1978. They do a considerable amount of work offshore and have a strong connection to New Zealand through working with companies and involvement with the New Zealand Geothermal Association. They gave some excellent insights into geothermal direct use, my favourite of which was fruit and vegetable dehydration. They walk the talk with ground source heat pumps for cooling and heating in their own building.
Now back to transport…
You can’t help but travel on the freeways in the United States and marvel at them. The ones I have been on range between 2 and 6 lanes. The size and design of the roads combined with courteous driving enables the speed limits to be up to 75 miles per hour, which is 120km. There’s nothing like going 120km and having trucks barrelling past you like you are standing still, but then again I haven’t driven on an Autobahn either! I compare my trip today with the stretch from Bulls to Wellington in New Zealand…well enough said! I’ve had one toll so far – $5…and for the standard of roads I don’t mind paying (at least you are not charged tax on top like most other things so far).
What you see and who you meet along the way
Three highlights today of things I saw today:
- Aerodynamic truck trailer tail (take note Blake!)
- No end of funky number plates.
- For anyone worried about property prices, you can go and live on green saddle ranch at these great prices…
And the people…I’m stumbling my way through simple tasks like lifting fuel nozzles and pressing buttons for drinks. So far every time people have been more than obliging to help the hapless Kiwi. Even when I refused a homeless person some change, the polite response was “God Bless” (I can’t bring myself to blog on homeless just yet).
So, how about that New Zealand’s roading network? Roads can better connect people and business while reducing transport costs, travel time and accidents. Does that outweigh communities like Pokeno that lose out when the fast road goes through…what would happen if there was a freeway between Auckland and Wellington for example?