Daybreak start, for day trip from Kingston to Montego Bay. Fog rising, as the road climbs the mountain. It’s safe but can be tricky for some. Stay within the speed limit.
Sights, rarely or never before seen, like those wonderful cirtus orchards near Linstead.
Animals have not yet changed their habits, though their habitats have been disturbed.
The new highway will bring many changes, some quickly.
People who live by the highway do not know or ignore that it’s not like other roads in Jamaica, and that strolling along or chilling out on its sides is not allowed. Will they learn, the easy or the hard way?
To get from my house to the north coast in an hour on a Saturday morning is a new event. It seems slightly unreal.
That’s quicker than many journeys just in and around Kingston, and the travellers don’t feel too stressed or tired after the long drive between coasts.
When places get that close in time, their relationships change dramatically. Ocho Rios must take on a new face in the minds of those who live and operate in Kingston.
It opens opportunities to let visitors see parts of the country that were hard to get to in the past. Imagine, it’s feasible to offer an easy day trip from the tourist resorts in the north to place much further south. Attractions, beyond the stunning landscape, can now take on better economic sense. We have to be ready to sell and tell the stories of our country’s interior, without hesitation. Even we only know the half of them.