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An Engineer's Note Book

An Engineer's Note Book

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Excerpt from An Engineer's Note Book: Essays on Life and Letters

That evening, early in November, as the car climbed the last ridges hiding the lake, the conversation had been concerned mainly with walking and the possibility of popularizing an apparently obsolete pastime in a country containing so many automobiles.

"At one time," I remarked, "I was fond of saying that walking tours were impossible in the United States because there weren't, in any universal sense, roads to walk on. I had been told that in many sections the railroad ties were the only means of footing it to the next town. However, that doesn't hold good if a flivver can go clear across to Seattle, Washington. And these Jersey roads we have come over are quite all right."

Some one muttered that once you got off the pike you never knew what sort of horrible fate was in store for you.

"True anywhere." I argued. "That's one of the fine reasons for quitting the pike. You cease to be merely one of a continuous stream of automobiles all trying to tear past each other and dwelling forever in one another's dust."

"But does anybody walk nowadays?" asked another member of the party as yet unspoiled by foreign travel.

"Indeed they do." was the immediate reply.

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