ManiStyle – New Roads to Travel

The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it […]

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

J. R. R. Tolkien
The Return of the King

Every so often along the roads on the mainland sims are Rezz Zones where anyone can rezz a vehicle. One rezz zone is at Moneta (1, 44, 28).

Road trips. I love road trips in Second Life. When I think back on my eleven years here, my happiest memories are of days when I wandered along new roads and found amazing creations.

I’ve traveled in cars, motorcycles and even trains.

Now, I’m talking mostly cars and motorcycles when I speak of road trips. Roads are mystical. They wind off, away from you, and you never know where you will end up. That’s the wonder of it. You see a little road, turning off a main road and you wonder, “Where does that go?” One must decide: follow the main road and safely get to your destination? Or… take the little, dirt road that’s twisting off into the dark woods? I’ve often made that latter choice and usually have been the better off for doing so.

Relaxing on my bike along the old Route 66. These sims are now gone but there are still many places to ride.

Trains are not quite the same. The tracks do form a “road” and in SL there are tracks all over the mainland and on individual regions too. You cannot be quite so whimsical as one must go where the tracks go and those are usually scheduled and run by others, etc. However, there is an option… the handcar (see photo). A handcar is operated by you and can be set down on any track that goes anywhere. So, handcar in hand, I rate railroads as suitable ribbons to adventure.

Deepy is waiting for the train at Bibian’s Trains, Love Beach (154, 105, 24). She is wearing a LUXE Paris PURE dress with POWER handbag and Maitreya Gold Zeal heels.

I’ve done ballooning but I just cannot consider drifting on the wind to be quite the same as following roads into adventure. Being in a balloon is lovely but, since one has little control over direction, it’s rather aimless. Not that just letting go and allowing fate to take you where it may is bad, it’s just not the same sort of excitement one gets hoping that something interesting is waiting around the next bend in the road.

Upon reflection, rivers have bends, so I think rivers can be considered as roads and lead to the same sort of anticipation. I’ve never traveled a river in SL. There must be a Nile or Amazon someplace with a funky, steam launch, waiting to take me on an adventure.

So, may this new year bring you new roads to explore, new vistas to see, mountains to climb, chasms to leap, and opportunities to grow. I’m looking forward to new challenges. I wish you to, as supposedly the Chinese say, “live in interesting times.”

Rezzing a rail handcar on the SLRR tracks. SLRR – Second Life Railroad Tuliptree Station, Tuliptree (151, 154, 31).

Happy Trails from all of us at Maniera Magazine.

Earlier “Road Trip” articles

Written and Photographed by Deepthinker Oh

Deepthinker Oh
Managing Editor

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ManiStyle is a monthly column that explores an idea, a style, a trend or a realm in SL and gives you some links to go explore and draw your own conclusions. MANIERA magazine expresses an outlook on life that is part Vanity Fair and part Rolling Stone. In ManiStyle, we introduce you to our take on life and ask that you share your views and reactions.