People around here are accustomed to coping with mud season and the muddy roads and deep ruts that are a part of every spring. Usually mud season is just an expected springtime inconvenience… but this year it has suddenly become much more unpleasant.
We are stranded… literally stranded. Our road is completely impassable, and it has been that way now for nine long days. We are not alone. This town is made up of dirt roads, and almost all of these roads are also completely impassable.
For three consecutive days last week the huge town graders drove past here in the morning and back again at night. There was also a convoy of gravel trucks going past throughout each of the three days. We were hoping they would do what the road crews have always done in the past… drop the blades and smooth out the worst areas or dump some gravel in the deepest ruts… but the trucks and heavy equipment didn’t stop. They did change things, though… all that weight has made the ruts we already had much deeper and the roads even more impassable.
There are a few “Mud Ahead” signs posted along these roads, but they don’t accurately describe how deep the mud is, and unsuspecting out-of-towners are getting caught in this mess. In the last eighteen hours one car and four trucks have become so stuck in the mud just past our house that they are unable to get out.
Luckily since we work from home we really don’t have to go anywhere urgently. And somebody HAS to do something to make these roads passable soon.