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Road Trip Day
"🎶 I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Cross the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere."
~ I've Been Everywhere, Geoff Mack, 1959
If you're an individual who gets their kicks on Route 66 or has thrilled to the scenery on the route from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Glencoe, you will appreciate the lure of the open road as embodied in this tartan's colourways: Black represents asphalt and tarmac; the yellow stripes represent double yellow lines, likewise the red ones; while the white lines represent the lines in the center of the road and the green, the verges, lay-bys and turnouts. For those travelling or for those who enjoy the armchair version of wanderlust, there is an impressive catalog of "road songs" and songs dedicated to highways, avenues, boulevards and famous routes. The song "I've Been Everywhere" popularized by Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, and others was originally written by Australian Geoff Mack and now has versions for the US, Western Australia, New Zealand, Texas and elsewhere, which now include regional tongue-twisting list of towns and cities in the famous and fun middle verses. The UK and Ireland version includes four verses including the following one. If you know the tune, give it a try.
"🎶 I've been to Farnborough, Edinburgh, Peterborough, Felixstowe, Middlesbrough, Loughborough, Scarborough, Walthamstow, Blackburn, Lisburn, Bannockburn, Derry, Wicklow, Glasgow, Hounslow, Tipperary, Hempstead, Wanstead, Banstead, Woodstock, Bass Rock, Bell Rock, Tilbury Dockwith ... I've been everywhere!"🚦 🛣️
Some of the most scenic open roads in the world include:
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Overseas Highway, Florida
Karakoram Highway, China to Pakistan
US Route 66
Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa
Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, United Arab Emirates
Scenic Byway 163, Arizona and Utah, U.S.
Ruta 40, Argentina
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Million Dollar Highway, Colorado, U.S.
Hana Highway, Hawaii, U.S.
Rohtang Pass, India
Pacific Coast Highway
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Furka Pass, Switzerland
Tianmen Mountain Winding Road, China
Designed by Loll Golding, this tartan designed for people travelling and moving about on the roads. Colours: black represents tarmac; the yellow stripes represent double yellow lines, likewise the red ones; the white lines represent the lines in the centre of the road and the green line represents verges and lay-bys.
For more famous open and scenic roads in Scotland, click the road!