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I finally reached the crossroads that I talked about back in my The Crossroads are in Sight post and pulled over and stopped on the side of the busy highway. This crossroads looked like many others that I have gone by on my journey, but something told me to stop and take a look around this time, instead of instead of just speeding by.
After stopping I looked ahead on the road I was on, it looked pretty much the same as what was behind me – just more of the same – it was mostly flat and straight with some curves way up ahead, but it was also the direction that most of the traffic was going. On the radio they were announcing huge traffic delays up ahead, due to construction.
When I looked to the right – it wasn’t exactly the same road, it seemed like it would be a little bumpier, had a few potholes I would need to avoid and was a lot narrower, but not really all that different than the main road I was on, but it was a way around the predicted traffic delays.
Strangely, it looked very familiar to another road I had been on previously and there were a few people already going in that direction. One had their vehicle in reverse and was trying desperately to get back on the the main highway, but there was a police officer turning in behind them, so they were not able to go back to the main road.
I finally looked left and through the “Do Not Enter – Official Vehicle Only” sign for the crossover and saw a little dirt road on the other side. I couldn’t see very far down that road, it was a bit overgrown, but still passable. It looked as though I might have to get out and open a gate, move a log and a rock or two out of the way before too long to keep driving. Looking carefully I could just barely see someone standing over by the gate.
If I was to go in that direction I would have to figure out how get across all the lanes of traffic, through the crossover and then wait for another break in the traffic from the other direction to get to the dirt road. No easy task, especially with the police car over not too far away.
I sat there and thought about my choices for a quite while and to my surprise, I realized that I had decided to take a chance and make that left hand. The police officer had continued up the other road and was now out of sight. Looking around and thinking about it a while longer, the left turn didn’t look all that bad.
In the past I have stayed mostly on the main highway, just like most everyone else and only made a few short detours off the main road, before getting back on the main highway. The more I looked to the left, the possibilities and the unknown adventures that it might provide me, began to intrigue me more and more. Besides I needed to see who was over there waiting.
This was a strange feeling to me, actually rather scary. I am someone who does not usually take unnecessary risks and had almost always taken the path that was pretty well maintained and well lit. Yet here I was getting ready to go in the one direction that I don’t have a clue where it would lead.
These are strange times indeed.
I know in my heart, if I don’t take this left turn right now – today, I would be stuck on a road that isn’t right for me anymore.
I don’t want to look back next year and say “If I had only…”
With all that in mind – it was time to seize the moment.
Ah, I see a break in the traffic in both directions, I don’t see anyone who woud try to stop me. The time is right – so I hit the accelerator. I quickly cross the lanes and finish making that hard left hand turn onto the dirt road and I come to a stop in front of the gate.
I did it! I actually did it! I can’t believe that I just made that left turn, but here I am on a road that I didn’t really expect to be on until last until I stopped and really took a look around the crossroad.
I can tell that the gate that is usually closed and locked. However, it is now open and there is someone walking slowly down the road on the other side of the gate.
I get out and begin to quickly walk forward.