Greensboro’s Ten Best Ways for Brian to Get to Work
Yanceyville-Wendover-Bridford-Adams Farm Parkway
Since I moved here and started driving Greensboro’s roads I’ve developed a theory stating that there are at least 10 different ways to travel between any two points in town, none of which are a straight line. None of them are shortcuts, either. To illustrate, I’ve taken my daily commute from my house near the corner of Cone Boulevard and Yanceyville Street to my job in Adams Farm, and broken down the different routes I can take. None of them, by the way, are shortcuts. My standard course is to take Yanceyville south to Wendover, ride Wendover westwardly and then take the Bridford Parkway to a dogleg on Hilltop Road to the Adams Farm Parkway. It takes roughly 17 minutes.
Yanceyville-Cornwallis-Holden-High Point Road
If I want to avoid the expanse of New South sprawl on Wendover, I can detour off Yanceyville to Cornwallis and ride through the stately neighborhoods lined with homes I cannot afford. I cross Battleground and come to the junction of Cornwallis and Benjamin Parkway, near about the exact center of town, where I can hop on Benjamin and take it to Wendover (which is the thoroughfare I’m trying to avoid by taking this route) or I can cross Benjamin and make a left on Holden Road, ride it to High Point Road until it reaches Mackay Road, which takes me to my office in Adams Farm. This route will never take less than 20 minutes.
Cone-Holden-High Point Road
From Yanceyville I can hop onto Cone Boulevard, a meandering split highway with a lush green lawn forming the neutral ground between lanes. I like Cone very much when it’s not littered with speed traps and booming bass beats from the cars of Page High School students. It’s also a very handy road. Cone can bring me to Battleground, to Holden, or even to Benjamin Parkway, from which the entire city of Greensboro is within reach. Generally, though, I’ll take Holden and follow it to High Point Road.
Cone- 29- 40
If I take a left on Cone from Yanceyville I’ll shortly hit Highway 29, which when followed southerly brings me to the main arteries of Greensboro traffic: Interstates 40 and 85, which split to create kind of a forked tongue in the south part of town. I stick with I-40, which will bring me to either High Point Road or to Wendover (though I believe High Point Road to be quicker on this route) and then to my office door. Some motorists believe in Interstate travel like old-school librarians do the Dewey decimal system and will even go out of their way to drop onto them so they can drive fast. I am not one of those. The interstate route takes a bit longer (nearly 25 minutes) and because I’m driving faster I burn more gas.
Summit Avenue runs by about a quarter-mile from my house where it parallels Yanceyville, and though the streets are only a few hundred yards apart at this juncture, they veer off in radically different directions. A local once told me that the roads in Greensboro were evolved from paths walked by farmers chasing escaped cows. I am inclined to believe him. At any rate, Summit hits Wendover not too far from my home and I can hop right on.
Summit-Elm-Lee-High Point Road
If I follow Summit past the strip malls and the Oaks Motel (which, by the way, was once the site of Cone Athletic Park, the very first baseball ‘stadium’ in Greensboro), I’ll hit downtown and from there I can take Elm past the arts and antiques district to Lee Street, which becomes High Point Road somewhere near the Coliseum. This is not the fastest way, but if I want to stop for a drink on the way home this is the route I take.
Pisgah Church-Battleground-New Garden-Guilford College Road
If I turn on Yanceyville away from Cone I’ll hit Pisgah Church Road where it becomes Lees Chapel. Taking Pisgah all the way west to Battleground brings me past strip malls old and new and also houses under construction, new subdivisions and all the other things popping up in this part of town that make it up-and-coming. I take a right on Battleground and then a left on New Garden Road, and then another left on New Garden which then becomes Guilford College. I can take this all the way across to Mackay which runs right past the office. This route is not a shortcut; 25 minutes at best.
29-Market-Guilford College Road
If I choose, I can run right through town, picking up Market Street just after I get on 29 and doing the stoplight thing for about 10 miles before taking a left on Guilford College. This is the closest thing to a straight line from my house to the office. It is also the longest drive time, at least half an hour.
If I want to avoid the nucleus of the city entirely, I can take 29 and stay on 85 when the highways diverge. It runs across the southern border of town and I can take it until I hit Groometown Road, which turns into Hilltop. Hilltop runs into the Adams Farm Parkway, which gets me where I want to go. I don’t take this route, but I still feel it’s legit to include it.
Yeah, I guess I could take the bus and I probably should once in a while, but I don’t and I never have. The Greensboro mass transit system is not what it could be, and from what I’ve heard it might take me more than an hour to get across town, and dammit, people’… time is money.