trail that leads from a large American city
to a popular vacation
destination, such as a beach
. Like the migration
routes of birds, knowledge of "the back roads" is innate
and passed down from one generation of fathers to the next. Despite following a serpentine, complicated path and encompassing some streets with a speed limit
of 25 miles an hour, "the back roads" are positively known to be much faster than the large, fast highway
which travels the same distance as the crow flies
. Yes, even hitchhiking
or walking along the back roads is preferable to taking "the easy way". Particularly if the easy way involves tolls
of any kind.
When asked to describe the exact path of the back roads, a dominant male will usually mumble something about "the boondocks" with a glimmer in his eye.