October 22, 2002

Road More or Less Traveled


We had so hoped that finally, in our moving here and beginning our lives in this house three years ago next week, that we would finally be in a place where silence would be ruffled only by soft sweet subtones of nature's sounds, a place sufficiently off the beaten path that travelers would seldom disturb our tranquility.

But now, we must take disappointment in stride, as suddenly, in the past week, the traffic down the gravel road that lies a half stone's-throw from our house has increased by a whopping 25 percent. I have been here during the days and have kept pretty good records of traffic flow. And starting a week ago Saturday, and every day since, traffic has been up by 25%! Not only that, this surge occurs between 4 and 5:00 a.m. every morning.

This disturbing increase is added to the customary traffic we have finally come to accept on our road each day. This is most disconcerting. I suppose we could try to relocate once more to a place more remote. Or, maybe eventually, the new guy will grow weary of the winding road in the dark mornings and will start taking the long way 'round again, leaving the road to our usual four daily Goose Creek commuters once more.


Well, yes, I suppose the term gridlock is a relative term.

Posted by fred1st at October 22, 2002 05:35 AM
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Bah! you have it easy, my friend.

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 22, 2002 07:41 AM

My tongue is usually in my cheek, as it is here. Yes, we are truly 'easy' in this setting, that I would even notice an increase of one daily traveler. Always read between my lines, folks; my writing skills don't always allow me to get the point across within them.

BTW, stay tuned for some pictures perhaps soon; I am inspired after our morning walk high on the ridge (where I fell unceremoniously on my tush suffering a major contusion of my masculine pride)....and maybe the solution to the geyser mystery!

Posted by: fredf at October 22, 2002 08:32 AM

I had to let four cars pass when I tried to back out of my driveway this morning! At one point in my life I could identify my neighbors by the sound of their car as they drove past our house. Now I tune out airplanes and trains as they pass by. I miss the peace and quiet of the mountains.

Posted by: ron at October 22, 2002 10:42 AM

I think that is the pity of city living, the tuning out. Something is lost in me, living in town, that I need to live fully. Seems much healthier to allow oneself to tune in, but only if it brings solace and understanding and joy. Some perhaps find these things in city living. I do not.

Posted by: fredf at October 22, 2002 11:04 AM

do the increased traffic and increased water have any correlation? can't wait to hear and see the water mystery!

Posted by: connie at October 22, 2002 04:56 PM

do the increased traffic and increased water have any correlation? can't wait to hear and see the water mystery!

Posted by: connie at October 22, 2002 04:57 PM

so sorry - i hate when that happens!

Posted by: connie again at October 22, 2002 04:58 PM

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