Travel theme: Leading Lines

I’m back – albeit a little late. I have to confess I lost track of the days and thought it was a day earlier. There is a perfectly good reason for this, which you may have guessed if you read my recent post about my upcoming travel plans. In the last week I’ve travelled right across the US via train, and then turned around and have driven halfway back across the country, so as you can imagine, I’m not entirely sure which time zone I’m in, let alone what day it is. I’m writing this from somewhere deep in North Dakota, which is very, very flat!

I have seen some stunning sights in this whirlwind zigzag across the country, and have had many, many adventures which I am longing to share, but have been thwarted by long days and intermittent internet access. However, here’s a sneak preview of some of the spectacular sights I’ve seen over the past few days, with my nose pressed up against train and car windows, and they all share a common thread – leading lines.

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So this week’s travel theme is to share your interpretation of leading lines. If you’d like to join in, create your own post entitled Travel theme: Leading Lines and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. I am on the road for another ten days but will be checking in to see what you all have in store for me, and don’t forget to come back next Friday to see the next travel theme!

Show me your leading lines! In the meantime, I will be looking at lots of this:

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xxx Ailsa


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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201 Responses to Travel theme: Leading Lines

  1. pommepal says:

    Hi Ailsa missed having your challenge yesterday better late than never. I can empathize with your reason for being late. Looking forward to hearing your adventures good theme travel is all about leading lines. Where ever they take you… Will look through and post soon

  2. cinova says:

    Hi Ailsa,

    I must admit that I am pleased with your slightly tardy post, because it allows your Antipodean fans to get in first for a change! With the time difference, I usually wake on a Saturday morning to at least 40 entries on your new theme! This time I might be among the first ten posters. YAY! Be right back. Great theme and pics by the way. Your forthcoming travels sound exciting 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, cinova, I’m very glad my mixed-up body clock will work to your advantage. Looking forward to seeing your take on the theme! I’ve been having such fun on this trip I can’t wait to write all about it. xxx Ailsa

  3. tms says:

    Your leading lines are great – I like these pictures, and the idea too.

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  5. cathome36 says:

    My first attempt to join in…seems very interesting Ailsa.

  6. Amy says:

    Very cool! Thank you so much for coming up with the theme and posting beautiful photos, while you are making coast-to-coast trips!

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  9. livvy30 says:

    Beautiful shots Ailsa. It’s one of my dream trips! Here’s mine for this week.

  10. rfljenksy says:

    AWESOME.. I used to travel by train all the time from Washington to Chicago… best travel times ever.. Love the pictures and looking forward to attempting this theme.

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  12. cinova says:

    As I said earlier, Ailsa, great theme. It allowed me to dip into my favourite collection of photographs, of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The lines of the coast, horizon, cliffs and winding coastal roads have lured and mesmerised me throughout my life. Hope some of your readers have a chance to visit one day!

    • ailsapm says:

      Superb shots, cinova, and I hope I have a chance to visit someday soon! Nice to see you getting your post in early on this week, hee hee 😉

  13. 2far2shout says:

    Well done, great idea, you really know your lines!

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  15. Madoqua says:

    Another entry from the southern hemisphere! I agree with Cinova, it’s great to be posting ahead of the northerners!

    • ailsapm says:

      Hee hee, I had no idea you guys were missing out, I forget that you’d be sleeping when the travel themes were posted. This week’s for my southern hemisphere pals 🙂 Wonderful shots from Eaglehawk Neck!

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  17. Shaanthz says:

    An entry from the Northeast’s tristate region. I can see the excitement of the bloggers in the southern hemisphere when they hit the ‘Send” button before us northerners 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, Shaanthz, I didn’t realise our southern hemisphere pals were missing out until Cinova and Madoqua mentioned it, so I’m very glad my lapse gave them a chance to post early. Great leading lines from NJ Transit! I have to admit, I prefer NJ Transit to MTA, the PATH trains are infinitely superior to the subways, and make for a much pleasanter commute 🙂

  18. Hey Ailsa! Interesting challenge this week…I will have to think about it. I hope you are having a good time traveling the US—-Try to stay cool. 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Looking forward to your post, strawberryindigo – I’ve actually been treated to some wonderfully cool weather, reminiscent of an Irish summer! I’m in Wisconsin right now, and apparently have brought the cooler weather with me – the day I arrived the temperature plummeted and there was even a brief shower of rain after an extended drought and severely high temperatures.

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  20. An interesting theme (and great photos!) Hope the rest of your trip is wonderful.
    Here’s my challenge response:

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  23. Allan G. Smorra says:
  24. Those are scenic shots of the rocky hills and great plains, and I’ll look for some leading lines. Have fun on your road trip. 🙂

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  26. carolloethen says:

    Love your pictures..can’t wait to see what other ones you will post.. wish ing you a safe and wonderful trip..
    Off to work on this exciting challenge..

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  28. trishworth says:

    Your reports from the US sound VERY interesting, Ailsa. You’re having an amazing experience… I found a photo to meet your challenge this week:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful photo, Trish, and what a great history too! You’re right, this trip has been (and still is) an amazing experience. I wish everyone could get to do something similar at some point. xxx

  29. I’ve seen that road before somewhere.Those yellow lines in the centre and white lines at the side,sure had me fooled a few times,cos as you know in Ireland we have them the other way around..enjoy your trip .

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes, the first time I drove a freeway in the States I kept getting off at the next exit, following those white lines on the side of the road, thinking it was the centre line. Wasted an awful lot of time! 🙂

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  31. marina says:

    You are so lucky! traveling by train across country…
    wonderful captures!
    here is my link

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes, I feel awfully lucky to be on this adventure, Marina. Here’s hoping you get to do it too sometime soon! Really great capture of that bridge in Delaware, love the angles! xxx

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  33. fgassette says:

    Wonderful photos for your travel them this week. Mine took a different twist. You can find it here:


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    • ailsapm says:

      You nailed it perfectly, Gemma – fantastic illustrations of leading lines – that Fripp Island one practically begs you to follow the path and see what’s at the end of it! Wonderful! xxx

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  36. Dear Ailsa, what fun! There’s nothing like discovering your own country by car-trip, or bus or train :-). Have a great time, and I love this weeks theme! Be safe

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  38. pommepal says:

    Hi Ailsa, bit different but hope I won’t be following them too soon…

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  42. Your trip sounds amazing! Here’s my effort trying for something a bit different!

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  44. For my try at leading lines, the flowing lines of the waterfall lead off forever:

  45. frizztext says:

    I walk the line:

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