Cruisy commute for Supermum can have its slower days

IT TOOK me over 40 minutes to get to work yesterday.

My usual commute is only 15 minutes and that includes two school drop-offs along the way.

And I live on the other side of town from where I work.

A traffic accident in the morning rush, if you could call it that, and it was bumper-to-bumper all the way to work.

I can hear my city-dwelling friends already, saying "cry me a river".

For them, 40 minutes to get to work is nothing.

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I know for some commuters travel times can be hours, not minutes. But that is why I live where I live: Central Queensland

Everything is so close.

A traffic jam is a very occasional incident, not an everyday life event.

Even better, parking is free in most places and more often than not, you don't have to walk very far to your destination.

I have to admit I prefer it that way, but I do understand accidents happen and delays occur.

We are really lucky that life in regional Australia is usually free-flowing on the roads.

It is something many residents in this region seem to forget; myself included at times. I've complained to myself if I have to sit through more than one set of traffic lights, but I'm not as bad as some.

My parents live 40km out of town, but explaining that to some it is like you would need to pack a suitcase, or at least take a packed lunch for the journey.

At one point I lived at Parkhurst, some five minutes out of Rockhampton, yet everyone would say how far out of town that was.

But for me, the hardest to believe were some of the complaints about the recent Rockhampton River Festival; that it was hard to get a park.

Really?

Although one street was blocked off to hold the event, the surrounding streets had plenty of parking.

Maybe it was hard to find a park right outside the entrance, sure, but having to walk two blocks from your car to your destination doesn't make it hard to get a park.

It makes it easy to explain why health issues including obesity are on the increase.



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