One of the best things about living in eastern Maine is the lack of a "traditional" commute, full of smog and irate drivers and five-lane highways.

While you may see spots where the wait is a little longer, if you happen to take the interstate south, most of the time we're lucky. Aside from potholes and road construction, our views are beautiful and the amount of traffic, relative to other areas of the world, is pretty small.

We do, however, have some of the stranger commutes in some parts of the state, especially on some of the more rural roads.

For instance, last week I was headed along Main Road North towards Winterport when I noticed the other drivers in my lane had slowed down a bit. I wondered what the hold up was, until I saw, rounding the corner, two of the largest rogue swine I have ever laid eyes on!

Portrait of a cute pig, on black background
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Strangely enough, I had had a similar encounter a couple of years ago, on my way to church one Sunday morning. A herd of large pigs was running amuck along Route 222.

A pal of mine, Allen Esposito, while heading to work in Pittsfield at 4:45 in the morning, came upon this scene on Route 69 (Carmel Road North) in Newburgh, last year.

For years, folks who drive along Route 1A, to and from Ellsworth, have reported seeing a goat along the side of the road. The goat is so legendary, in fact, that they've named her Priscilla.

A goat looks at us
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My buddy, Mo, and his wife even came across a huge Eagle on the side of the road earlier this year.

Eagle in Brewer 2: Courtesy Mostafa Elfaham
Eagle in Brewer 2: Courtesy Mostafa Elfaham
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It's not unusual for Maine motorists to share the road with deer...

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Pascal-L-Marius
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...or moose...

steverts
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or bear....

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Thomas Etzkorn/ Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley Etzkorn/ Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valleymas Sullivan/Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley
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...and sometimes a random cow.

cows at a cow farm
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It definitely makes for an interesting drive to work, that's for sure.

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