navigating ruts

We spun the dial so that we were in four-wheel drive as we climbed the steep gravel road to my niece's cabin today.  I could feel the difference immediately in the gripping of the tires to the loose foundation, but the never-ending ruts were still a problem.  Especially the way they always come in groups of 10 or so that run against the direction of traffic.  How do they even form?

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After arriving at the cabin we carried in our brown bag of corn and the kids all scattered to play with cousins and climb on the four-wheelers.  My father-in-law asked about the drive up.  "Did you have a hard time navigating those ruts?"  I told him it felt really hard on the car and it concerned me.  He mentioned that if you go too slow you feel every bump, and if you go too fast it is, of course, dangerous.  So, the trick is finding a good medium speed that allows you to glide a bit over the ruts while not losing control of the vehicle.

Yup, I thought.  That about sums it all up.  A good medium speed is the way to go.


Rachel Cotterill | August 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM

The roads round here always get full of ruts & pot-holes when we have a lot of rain. There really isn't any speed you can drive at that doesn't damage the wheels :(

Jenny | August 22, 2010 at 10:49 AM

right now I can't seem to find the right speed. I am hitting to many ruts.

wendy | August 22, 2010 at 7:47 PM

I liked that.
I need to concentrate on an even speed and navigate the ruts in my life better.

Connie | August 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

So that's the secret. I needed that right now.
Glad you could get away to the cabin.

Bossy Betty | August 22, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Yes ma;m, that it what I am aiming for! I good reminder for this Monday morning!

Robin | August 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Even though the ruts hurt my head, they always take me back to my childhood spent in the cab of a pickup truck. So they still make me happy.

I'm still striving to find that medium speed in my life. Those ruts don't usually make me happy. But they are part of me getting where I need to be.

Dedee | August 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM