There was an intersection nearby where the asphalt was old and worn smooth and it felt like porcelain in comparison to the roads leading into it. What a dream. Last fall they did the chip seal thing--lay down liquid tar and covered it with coarse sand. I'm hoping the harsh winter, with all the plowing, has smoothed it out a bit. On the plus side, a quarter mile section further down the road was fully repaved, for some reason--I don't remember it being in disrepair--and it turned out very nice, unlike another nearby road they totally dug up and repaved a few years ago which turned out tolerable but very coarse. Another nice surface was some brick sidewalks in Salem, Ma, and I'm sure I've run on cobblestone somewhere, which was very nice.