THE NORTH Devon Link Road puts Chris Rogers off making more trips to the place he called home for three summers as a youngster.
You could understand him not being a fan of long roads.
But the longest of all he has travelled seems finally to have come to an end.
After 15 years in first-class cricket, Rogers has made it at the highest level.
Five years after his only previous Test match, Rogers scored 367 runs and struck a maiden century for Australia in the Ashes series defeat to England.
He now seems certain to continue opening the batting when the rivals resume hostilities in Brisbane in November.
“It was a long journey but I finally made it,” said Rogers, who turned 36 on Saturday.
In a way, the journey started at the northern end of the Link Road when he arrived as a teenager to play for North Devon.
Those early run-filled days at Instow helped forge the style that made him an ideal pick when the Australia selectors went looking for an experienced, reliable addition to the batting order.
“At the time (1997), guys were going to the Australian Cricket Academy or going to England,” said Rogers.
“I never went to the Academy and I don’t regret that at all. Coming over here away from family and friends forced me to grow up. I found a bit of independence – that was the thing I really enjoyed.
“And the cricket itself was a different form of cricket. I play differently to the rest of the Aussie guys because of my time over here.”
Rogers said he “fell in love with life over here” during his time in North Devon.
He has regularly come back to England to play county cricket for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Middlesex.
When he can, he visits North Devon. Although one thing deters him.
“I don’t particularly like the Link Road but it’s always great to get back and go down to Instow, which I still think is probably the most picturesque club ground in England,” he told the North Devon Journal.
“I keep in contact with a lot of people. It’s a particularly special place for me and I will always treasure those memories.
“I grew up a lot back then. I was pretty young and had never had to fend for myself.
“I enjoyed those three years so much, it almost made me want to keep coming back. If I’d had a bad experience, things might have panned out differently.”
He might have broken into the Australia team sooner. Or never made it at all – experience of English conditions was a key factor in his selection when it eventually came.
He certainly would not have received such support when he scored that first international century in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.
It seemed English and Australian fans were equally thrilled to see him reach the landmark.
“I’ve almost lived half my adult life in this country and I get so much support over here,” said Rogers. “There was a genuine feeling of people wanting me to do well – it blew me away.
“I didn’t think I was going to get picked at 35. It was nice to have that chance to play at that level.
“It was always going to be a big challenge against those bowlers, so to get a few runs and a century was a nice feeling.
“To win, that’s ideally what you want, and we didn’t win any (Tests). So I guess the highlight for me was scoring that hundred.”