What time did you say you were going to town? What do you mean you aren’t going to town? I thought you said you were! Let’s go at 10.
That’s an old Georgia trick. When I used to live at the old farmhouse, Georgia would come over and play me with that line. Next thing you know, I’d be taking her to town. Even though I never had any intention of going to town that day.
Maybe it will work on you. What time did you say you were going to town? How about NOW.
I’ll even let you drive.
Well, first you’ll have to walk down the driveway because nobody in their right mind has driven up it in weeks, although clearly you can see some insane person has been over here driving up it.
I can assure you that it wasn’t me. I keep my car right down here.
I mean, look at that. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to drive down on that ice?
The road in front of our farm is fairly flat. This won’t be so bad, don’t worry! It’s even a nice winter day! The snow is melting. Mostly.
Say hello to the sheep and Jack!
After we leave our farm, we pass the Ornery Angel’s house. We’re the only people that live out on this end of the road. Here’s the track that goes up to my family’s old cemetery. My great-grandfather and great-grandmother are buried there.
There are the foundation remains of the old gasoline plant from over a century ago when this was a boomtown in the country. This used to be quite a populated little place with a school, a church, a store, even a hotel! People say there was even a brothel.
You don’t mind driving across creeks, do you?
You don’t have to cross this next creek, don’t worry. You just have to actually drive right along through it for a little way. The creek is the road here.
See? They do know what bridges are around here. There’s a little one.
You just have to drive through one more creek now.
There are a few cabins out here. I wonder why those people don’t come out here in the winter?
Time to go over the hill. You have your seatbelt on, don’t you? If I cover my eyes and start whimpering, don’t mind me. That’s the benefit of being a passenger.
You’re driving so you’d better keep your eyes on the road.
I don’t know why you insisted on going out today.
This really isn’t bad, though! You should see it when the entire road is covered in snow. Only half the road is covered today so you have good traction on one side. Just watch out for the steep drop-offs.
It’s better to hug the hill. Stay away from the cliff.
You don’t want to end up way down there.
You can’t pass here. Somebody has to back up until there is a place to pull over. If you aren’t having fun yet driving forward on this road, wait till you get to drive backward.
Who has to back up depends on where you are on the road. Whoever is closest to a place to pull over has to back up. This time it was the Ornery Angel. (Who ELSE do you think we’d come across driving this road? Nobody drives on this road in the winter if they don’t live out here.)
Give her a wave. And there she goes.
This is one of the most beautiful drives in the world during the spring, summer, and fall.
It’s not half-bad in the winter if you don’t mind the steep drop-offs with no guard rails.
You’re getting used to that, though, aren’t you? You’re doing good!
Up here at the top of the hill is the closest place to our farm where you can get a cell phone signal, just in case you need to make a call.
You can’t believe we’ve only gone a mile, can you? We’ve got another mile to go.
There are a few more cabins. Do you see what’s in front of that cabin?
A guard rail!
Yes, I know, I know, the cabin owner must have put that up himself, not the state road people. It still cracks me up that with all the steep drop-offs up and down this road, the only guard rail is in front of a cabin.
This road is maintained by the state. Last time we called, they said they were planning to come out here sometime in 2012 to bring some more rock. They’re on the job!
You’re almost to the hard road now! There are a handful of houses up on this end of the road. This one is my favorite. It’s an old farmhouse.
Look! You made it! So was that the longest two miles of your life? That’s what everybody says the first time they drive on this road. Plus they ask if that was only two miles because it felt like twenty.
But you’re on Easy Street now! Hard road all the way!
Another two miles, and we’ll reach a two-lane state highway.
Two more miles, and you’ll be in the middle of our little no-stoplight town! There’s a little store, a little bank, a little school, and a little post office.
What do you want to do today? If you’re feeling frisky, we can get to the interstate in about 25 minutes. Another 20 minutes from there and we’ll be in THE BIG CITY! There’s shopping and restaurants and even an airport. The world is your oyster!
Just don’t forget…..
You gotta drive home and it’s snowing again….