Passing Time and Tolls

Published by patrick honner on

coinsI enjoy traveling and I enjoy driving, but I don’t enjoy paying highway tolls.  One way I try to diffuse that annoyance is by hoarding coins when I travel, with the intent of paying every toll on the way back entirely in loose change.

I highly recommend the activity–it’s a fun little counting game, it keeps the coins in circulation, and there is a sense of satisfaction that accompanies using 18 assorted coins in a transaction.

But be warned–if you are travelling along the Hudson River in New York state, on I-87, and you decide to get off at Saugerties, one of the toll-booth operators there does not like pennies.  I mean, really, does not like pennies.  Especially more than 40 of them.  Trust me.

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York

1 Comment

Marsha Fulton · September 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I know exactly who you mean. I was driving back from New Paltz to Saugerties one day and had forgotten to make sure I had enough cash for the toll. I had to scrounge for pennies around the car to make up the total. The toll booth operator was very frustrated with me.

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