This issue pays homage to Route 1, the iconic highway that traverses Maine from top to bottom — all 527 miles of it. For many of you, this road no doubt represents vacation and leisure, getaways and adventures. For me, the vast majority of time I’ve spent on this road is my daily commute to work. I’ve worked at Down East for nearly 11 years and driven the same 4.3-mile stretch of Route 1 every day. Sure, I’m on autopilot most mornings, but when I stopped to think about just how much is packed into this short span, I was amazed. In fact, most of the goods and services we need as a family are found on this stretch of Route 1. I’ve come to know this road very well, and if I’ve learned anything from this quotidian relationship, it’s that Route 1 is more than a means to a destination: it is the lifeblood of this state.
Here’s a visual representation of my own little world on Route 1. I hope this column and the pages that follow help you see this revered road with fresh and appreciative eyes.