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That’s right: the limited-access superhighway, brought to its peak in the freeways of Southern California. As you descend into John Wayne Airport, first you’ll see the mighty interchange between highways 57 and 91. If you follow the 57 south out the bottom left of the picture you’ll end up at Angel Stadium:

May 10, 2019 — Aboard Delta flight 1328 above Anaheim, California

Next up is Interstate 5, aka the Santa Ana Freeway in this neck of the woods. Go north for a while and you’ll get to Disneyland. Go north for a little while longer and you’ll end up in Seattle:

May 10, 2019 — Aboard Delta flight 1328 above Tustin, California

Finally, just before you touch down, you’ll fly over the 405, right where it meets up with the 55. In the background is South Coast Plaza and the buildings that surround it:

May 10, 2019 — Aboard Delta flight 1328 above Irvine, California

So that’s that: five freeways in five minutes. What would Julius Caesar have thought about all this?

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