Just wanted to say thanks....
I have been reviewing this site for quite some time now and am in the midst of my initial recon of STT at the moment. The information I have accumulated the past few months from this site and the input from the many members that have contributed has been most invaluable.
A few initial impressions are:
Within the span of 10-minutes I can drive the same road and hit all 4 compass points; every road has a sign that says "airport" this way; no matter where I go there is a wait time that can morph into the ridiculous...I mean come on already...I'm the only customer and it takes 5-minutes to give me some salt for my food?; I hit a goat with my rental in Red Hook this afternoon...my landlord asked if I was sure it was a goat and not a donkey; I went shopping and it was more expensive to buy potato chips than Ketel One Vodka...oh...and apparently I'm an asshole for running over an iguana and NOT running over one...on the same road.
I'm from Jersey...I like this place...it's like being home except I wasn't knifed. lol
"It is what it is..."
Iguanas sometimes run right out into the road without any hesitation-- not much you can do.
I guess goats can do the same, although it's not likely that the iguana will have an angry owner.
I didn't know that there were many goats around Red Hook, but there is a herd by Home Depot. When they decide to cross the road you just have to wait. They don't seem to register that the car is bigger and heavier than them so you have to be careful there...
Fortunately the larger animals (cows) are usually tied up. It would suck to hit a cow...
As for the airport signs, yup. Crazy, isn't it? Like the island is trying to tell you to GO HOME 😀
I was almost run down by a herd of horses running down the middle of the road in Bolongo many years ago. I guess they got away from the race track. Really scary, as they could have done serious damage!:-o Also, someone DID hit a cow in Bovoni. He and the cow bought the farm.
To the OP: You do have to be careful driving as you never know who or what is going to appear as you round a corner.
Some interesting responses. lol I am not even going to pretend I know the layout of the island as of yet...the "goat incidence" occured while leaving Red Hook going west...I passed a rather new food market on the right, the road went up a steep incline where there was a traffic light at the very top...the goat from Hell greeted me as I crested the top. There were actually 2 groups of goats with some rather mangy coats btw. I stopped for lunch a short time afterwards in an area called TuTu (is that a correct spelling?). The first, and fatal, iguana incident happened as I enetered Crown Mountain Road near the Nisky Center (Niskee?), the road turned very sharp to the left with at least a 50-degree incline (as a former manager for an engineering company I was impressed with whomever paved that stretch of road) and there he/she was. I was chastised quite severely by the person behind me for hitting the poor beast. Ironically, the very same person also yelled at me for stopping and chasing off a second iguana that I actually could see sunning on the road.
As for my NNJ compatriot...Hitman? Are you serious? Ummmm....how many people were arrested recently in NNJ for corruption...that included 5 Rabbis and 39 politicians? :-O I'm from near Philly...we are very pure, chaste and always follow the strict doctrine of the law. :-p We don't corrupt, we kill...errr...wait...what was my point?
"It is what it is..."
greets south nj...
i am originally from jersey too...grew up there and moved back and forth from my travels as an adult as well.
newark, with most of the family down the shore.
what part of south jersey are you from? (which exit...hahahahahah)
i have family in, trenton, point pleasant, toms river, asbury park, bayville, atlantic city, cape may and belmar.
our family has been there from forever.
Irijah - 2 exits could cover the area that I live. :-p Exits 4 (Mt. Laurel) and 5 (Burlington/Mt. Holly). I currently reside in Tabernacle (in the Pine Barrens). The closest towns that may be recognizable are Medford, Vincentown and Evesham. Toms River is a straight shot east on Route 70 and Belmar is about as close depending on the dreaded "traffic" and idiots (Shoobies, Bennies and Tourons) flocking to the shore. In the off-season I'm about 30-minutes from Long Beach Island. I really like where I live (the Pine Barrens are protected lands and therefore quiet, peaceful, etc.), but with property taxes topping 15K, gas & diesel approaching $4/gallon and taking an hour to drive 15 miles...to use the Joisey vernacular...that's b***sh**. You guys think the cost of living is high in the USVI? lol
"It is what it is..."