Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Driving Decision

Still snowy here in the unaccustomed South, and we each have to make the decision about when it's safe to drive. It varies, of course, with the vehicle and the address.

To get from my house to a paved and cleared road, requires covering the long downhill curving driveway with woods on either side, followed by a hard right onto a second dirt road. Should one slide straight across this fork while trying to turn, one enters the woods airborne and enjoys a three to four foot drop when a tree finally intervenes.

The second dirt road leads across a curving dam with a pond on one side and drop-with-creek-and-woods-at-the-bottom on the other.

Next is the winding uphill for another half mile, followed by a turn onto a paved-but-not-scraped lane, and then a three mile paved-but-not-scraped country highway.

I've never gotten around to getting a four-wheel drive -- it freezes here so rarely -- so it's just me and the dainty floral Carmella Camry making this trip. I take a fairly conservative approach. Not what anyone would call bold.

As usual, I consider this minor matter a metaphor for larger decisions. At what point, does cabin fever trump risk? When do the risks outweigh the gains? Well, it's almost never clear. So we just decide and act and, ideally, don't look back.

It's the hidden boldness of daily life, these little decisions.

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kenju said...

I don't blame you for staying home. I had to go out today and ended up with a cracked windshield (not my fault) in the rental van. Now I have to go tomorrow to exchange it for another one. :-/

Anonymous said...

Please show pix of your beautiful road not taken!

Peggy Payne said...

Love your new picture, Kenju. And sorry about the windshield, glad it was no worse.

I stayed at home on Saturday and Sunday, then ventured out Monday afternoon. After that I left my car on a roadside and walked back and forth to it.

But this morning I was able to actually bring it back up to the house, which made loading computer and such a lot easier.

Anon, I'll show pix of these "roads not taken" But I have to tell you, they are not so beautiful now. The look like a river of oatmeal.

billie said...

I need to go to the post office, but haven't wanted to drive until I know the side roads out here are clear. Husband said last night that it was still treacherous on our main road (which is a side road to everyone else).

It's too easy to hit some snow/ice and even a few feet slide can land you into a tree, car, or whatever.

Here it is red mud slush in most places where the snow has melted. Not very nice to look at, but a necessary stage to get back to dry earth, which I am LONGING for right now!

Peggy Payne said...

It would be so cool if you could just saddle up and ride over the the PO. I guess the big problem would be parking once you got there.

Debra W said...

Ah, I think it is a great idea to just snuggle in. I am sure that Aura would enjoy your company! But I do understand that cabin fever. It can be very convincing!

billie said...

Actually, the big problem would be getting mowed down by logging trucks and other traffic going WAY over the speed limit. :/

If there was a path through the woods, that would be a wonderful way to travel to the p.o.!!

Peggy Payne said...

New project, Billie: Path Through the Woods!! As if you needed more projects.

Debbie, Aura did prefer to stay inside during the snow. In fact, she disliked putting a single paw on it.