First-person account of walking on Wheelers Farms Road
By Rich Scinto
I've heard stories from my grandparents about walking two miles in the snow to go to school. Some Milford residents who go the the Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center program have to do just that. Well, there is no snow for now, but the walk is more than two miles.
In the good spirit of journalism (and because I didn't want to be one-upped by John Burgeson at the Post) I decided to walk most of the route myself, starting at the bus stop.
The first obstacle is a narrow bridge that hovers over the Wasson Connector. There is no designated sidewalk for pedestrians to cross. The side is overgrown with grass and weeds. The only options a pedestrian has is to either walk in the middle of the road or trudge through the grass. I took the latter option because I wasn't keen on writing a first-person account of getting run over.
Most of the walk doesn't have sidewalks. Sometimes this isn't a problem because there is short grass on the side of the road that is fine for walking. Other times, I was hugging guardrails only a few feet from passing cars.
You may have noticed the footage of my walk was shaky; I assure you I wasn't attempting to go for the Blair Witch Project. I noticed that cars happened to go a lot slower when you point a camera at them, so I started shooting from the hip.
|There really is no ideal time to cross, so I crossed my fingers and ran.|
Most of the route doesn't have lighting, which wasn't a problem for me because I was walking around 3:00 p.m. However, most of these students start walking around 5:45 a.m.and like that famous Game of Thrones saying "winter is coming" along with shorter daylight hours.
To tell the truth, I don't know where people are going to walk when it starts snowing and snow plows start making banks on the sides of roads. There may literally be people walking in the middle of the street on some parts of this route.
|Pricked one too many times in the grass, so I took my chances in the road.|
I'm sure there will be at least one comment online on my article about someone telling their account of how they walked two miles in the snow when they were a kid. Wheelers Farms Road was very different decades ago in terms of traffic.