I travel 20km odd to work everyday, 10 or so of that is through “wastelands”. between two old mine dumps covered with alien looking vegetation and trees bent unnaturally, a bit like something out of a Stephen King novel.
Anyhoes, the road itself can get fairly busy and has two lanes each way, only thing is, going South, only the left lane can be used due to a humongous crater that has settled in the right hand lane and has a life of its own by growing ever bigger with every tire and rim it eats. This thing has been around for the last 6 odd months or so. The road lights set on the median strip between the roads are vandalised every single night (EVERY NIGHT) with the result if you are travelling North, you only use the left lane as you will inevitably drive into a light pole around a curve, said pole either laying across the road or is bent over into the driving lane about level with a car’s windscreen or your head. I’m not sure whether these poles are then promptly stolen overnight and then replaced by the council and the cycle repeats itself, as it varies where it is, but you keep your eyes peeled for it anyway because its there.
The traffic robots at the intersections suffered the same fate during last year and was eventually replaced by stop signs (said signs are now also missing). One of the craters are occasionally filled in with odds and ends by a petrol garage, but not too regular as I’m sure they do make a penny off replacing tires, perhaps when custom gets a bit busy they fill it up just to have a break and pour fuel for a change.
Between my home and these wastelands is a poorer area, most of these old, old homes have been taken over by Nigerians and the like, for some reason these roads dont have potholes, but you tend not to linger your eyes too long on any given structure at an intersection as it will give you serious doubts as to how the structure is still standing, the area is collapsing, pavements arent maintained and the one park I pass doesnt have a single blade of grass, its a piece of dead ground just sitting there. Very eerie. This same area has (obviously) 34 (I counted them the billboards and signs this morning) churches on a stretch of 3 or so km. It also advertises a grand total of 6 independent schools with loads of promises. Not sure who enrolls their kids in these dodge places but to each their own I say.
A couple of you live in more rural areas and CT, what does your world look like? I’d imagine CT is a bit better than Jo’burg?