If I squint hard enough I can see past the dirt of the windshield and manifest the outline of the city 40 miles ahead. It floats there above a tableaux of shopping centers and stop lights. Grey, boney trees hug either side of the four lane road. This is Rt. 40. Follow its path and it will take you straight through Baltimore and possibly even further. The ideals of this road were to connect eastern and western Maryland while also connecting Maryland to a larger circuit of interstates, going to far away locales such as Ohio or even Indiana.

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