The Only Road

There is only one road.

I’ve spent a large part of my life on the road, either for business or pleasure. At one point I recorded 8 consecutive years with over 60,000 miles logged. I have a Gold or Platinum card from 4 different hotel chains. I’ve been in 43 of the 50 states, and only 6 of them I didn’t drive to. Obviously many other people have done more, but no one will tell me I haven’t done a lot. So if there’s one thing I know about the road, it’s that the road is unknowable.

No matter how many times you make a certain trip, no matter how familiar the road, there is always an element of mystery about what lies ahead. You can never truly know what the road holds for you until the trip is made, and even then, you don’t know the return until you’re home.

The rule of the road is to expect the unexpected, and the pure reality of odds is, the more you travel, the more likely it is that the unexpected will occur. It’s not a matter of “if.” It’s “when.”

The best-made plans can be changed by a turn in the weather or a nail on the highway. Fire, flood, dust storm, blizzard, accidents, I’ve seen them all and more, good and bad, but still I know I haven’t seen everything. The best (but hopefully not the worst) is yet to come.

I’m a road warrior. despite the many challenges of the road, I get antsy in a long home stand, when I haven’t been out for a while. After all the years and the countless miles, the road still calls to me. It beckons me to explore her mysteries. And I’ll heed that call.

The best road is the unknown road. And that is the only road there is.

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