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RAMBLIN' MAN: Colorado Springs readers sound off on road tunes, tolls

By Garrison Wells Updated: July 30, 2013 at 7:45 am 0

These are a few top commenters from the last few Ramblin' Man columns, starting with the column on road songs, which prompted one reader to note that a single road song is, well, small stuff.

Road CD, he said. That's the ticket.

Dave Harmon doesn't text, blog, tweet or do Facebook, he says.

And he sure doesn't respond to articles in the newspaper. Well, mostly.

In this case, the column struck a chord.

"Once in a while I just have to throw in my two cents for fun," he says in response to the ramble on jingles.

"I love a good road song," he says. "Mostly, I love the ones that make the YL (young liberal) say: 'Dooood. what is that, man? Ain't you got sumthin' more recent than that?'"

But, Harmon points out, one song just isn't enough.

"Unless you only want to take a short trip to the grocery store and back, you need more than just a song or two. You need a couple of good CDs," he opines.

So he made his own, which he calls "Wheel Song" CDs for himself and a friend at work.

"Of course, there are a number of other good cruisin' tunes that don't specifically involve 'wheels,'" he says. "A few of my favorites include "Born to be Wild," "The Immigrant Song," "Keep On Dancin" by the Gentrys, "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida," "Nobody But Me" by the Human Beinz, "Pushin' Too Hard" by the Seeds and pretty much anything Dave Clark 5-ish causes me to have to set the cruise control."

His CDs include: "Maybelline," "Leader of the Pack," "Hitchin' a Ride," "Dead Skunk," "Chevy Van," "Cars," "Hot Rod Lincoln," "GTO," and "Surf City."

They're wild on variety and range from the 1950s through the 1980s.

"Thanks for bringing back memories of the open road for me as I sit here at the end of the day at work," he says. "It's time to blow this Popsicle stand and take to the open road ... home."

Another reader commented on the column about the unpaid tolls on E-470, which will cause eight local residents to have their license plates blocked until they pay their toll debt.

Suggested the reader, why don't agencies do that with other debt, like parking and speeding tickets?

There were also comments from readers who said they simply don't drive E-470 because the price is too steep.

From Interstate 25 south (south of Denver) on the loop back to Interstate 25 north, it's $15.95 according to a toll road calculator on the E-470 website.

It's $6.20 to Interstate 70, and $9.45 to Pena Boulevard, which gets El Paso County motorists to Denver International Airport. Round-trip to the airport: $18.90. Or, if you have an ExpressToll sticker, $15.10.

On top of the going price for a gallon of gas and parking at the airport, a trip to fly out of DIA gets pretty costly.

The answer, it seems, would be to fly from Colorado Springs Airport.

As the airport points out in its advertising campaign:

No tolls.

Shorter lines.

A much lower aggravation factor to flying out of other airports, an increasingly daunting experience.

It's worth considering, even though the Colorado Springs Airport has fewer airlines and fewer destinations.

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