A Time to Talk
Less than a week ago, we came to a road crossing. We could have continued down the Alaska Highway but chose to ride down the more scenic and remote Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Since that juncture, we have experienced both great difficulty and unsurpassed hospitality and generosity. These recent experiences brought Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken“, to mind.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
Heavy rain has brought forth some obstacles on the road ahead. Currently, the highway is closed to motor vehicles and crews are working to stabilize roads and bridges affected by mudslides. Uncertainty lies ahead, and that can be disconcerting. The interruption of our riding rhythm and daily work is stressful, yet another Robert Frost poem comes to mind:
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
“A Time to Talk” reminds us that the people and circumstances around us might distract from our work, but their “meaning walk” through our lives and their friendly visits are what make the road so rich for us. We are glad for the road we have taken, and we won’t let mudslides distract us from the magic around us.
After all the mudding we did as youngsters, I didn’t think you’d be afraid of a few mudslides David! But seriously… I hope all is going well and I look forward to hearing more.
P.S. Flanigan Wedding is tonight! It should go just fine.
The problem you have encountered is merely a preparatory experience for what is to come the further south you travel. Better leave your stress behind and don’t worry about schedules! Keep it up all the way down to the bottom of the world…it will shape your life ever after. Wonderful adventure!
These are the moments that makes these adventures special. Cherish them and remember them so that you can tell all of us when you get back.
FYI, I have a package for you on your next stop so post that address soon!
Frost is so magical. Hopefully the roads continue to be safe for you folk.