more like off the beaten path...
was messing with my boss at work with his map software friday and saw a spot on the map that dead ends next to the kaw (kansas) river. looked like a road to nowhere and i wanted a piece of it.
so today i went for it. it had just got done snowing 3 to 6 inches this past week, but all the main roads had been cleared.
some of the hills and curves on the way there were fun, some at high speed, some at around 30 to 40.
i dropped into a valley, crossed some tracks, took a couple more hitches over to the road by the river (none of them are marked except on a mapping program and the names weren't printed out for me). on the back two roads it was snow pack with some drifting, and previous tire tracks where it looks like the good old boys had been. took it gently up the road at 20 or so to scout it out till i got to the end of the line (or so i thought. i later looked at the map on the way back and what appeared to be a driveway was actually a continuation of the road that puts you right up on the river's edge, damnit, next time).
turned around came back and ran the snow packed road at 40, snow flying behind me. must have looked pretty odd to a guy who was parked on the side of the road, walking what appeared to be two labs. he pulled his dogs in under him and crouched down as i was coming down the road. lots of gentle curves, but pretty much flat. man, i felt like i was on the rally circuit. anyway, i didn't think i was that scary. i know the rally guys would have taken it at 100 mph +, but i wasn't familiar with it yet, so once i get used to it i'll have to wait for a snow again and go at it. what a blast. it really wasn't much, maybe 5 to 10 minutes, but a good drive getting there and finding old back roads that haven't been plowed over by now is pretty hard to do. need some more like that one. this road would be nothing without the snow, but the snow added that special appeal and made it fun.