Do you have any areas in your city or town where it is impossible to go without getting lost? I have one of those areas here in Springfield….
I’m normally pretty good with directions. Let me look at a map, or figure out which way is north and I’m usually good to go. Not so much, however, when I’m in Southern Hills.
Southern Hills is an older area of town, probably dating to the late 60′s and early 70′s. When I was growing up, it was considered pretty ritzy, and I never had occasion to go there. Driving through it now, you see a lot of larger, ranch style homes, mixed with a pretty eclectic group of what my uneducated mind calls “modern” architecture (or at least would have been considered so back in it’s day.
The thing about Southern Hills, though, is that absolutely none of the streets go where they should. It’s an absolute maze! Streets are twisting and winding, often with dead ends that jump out and surprise you. I hate going through the place because it just leaves me frustrated. What makes it worse on a bike, is that the area is true to it’s name. It is hilly! And, it’s right in my way!
You see, it’s bounded by Sunshine on the north, Battlefield on the south, Lone Pine on the west and Ingram Mill on the east. If I’m going to or coming from anywhere on the southern side of town by bicycle, I have to cross Highway 65 at either Battlefield or Sunshine, then to get off the busy street I have no choice but to get into Southern Hills.
Last night was one of those nights. I was headed home from South Haven Cycling, and the most straightforward way home required passage through Southern Hills. I remembered looking at the route home on my phone the other day, and knew there was a fairly straightforward way to enter from Southern Hills Blvd and come out at Ingram Mill and Battlefield, where I could jump across the highway. When I got to the edge of the lake pictured above, I realized that not only was I not lost yet, but that I had never actually seen the Southern Hills lake. Then, I managed to find my way out to Battlefield without getting lost or hitting any dead ends!