Henceforth I ask not for good fortune, I myself am good fortune
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road
~Walt Whitman ~
Ever had a day you didn’t want to end? This was one of those.
The journey starts at Mile 1 on the BRP.
Unlike Skyline Drive, the traffic is light all day. The speed limit is 45 MPH but I meander along at about 30 MPH, taking it all in and stopping often. There is a heavy cloud cover but the beauty of the views doesn't feel diminished.
I stop around Mile 5 at Greenstone Overlook in order to work before I lose my wi-fi signal.
I’m the only person in sight; everything is still. I’m at a couple thousand-feet elevation gazing at a massive rock formation on one side and the Shenandoah Valley on the other. I'm happy with these views from my office windows.
It's good to be teaching again! Suddenly, I’m overcome with emotion. Tears well up as I consider my good fortune.
I think back to the terrible events of late 2011. The tornado, losing John’s dad, and then losing my ‘forever’ job. Two years later, it’s hard to describe the overwhelming gratitude I feel for being alive and being here.
I go back to work and, hours later, the feeling is still with me.
I stop later in the morning for some crossword action at Raven’s Rest Overlook. Appropriately, this guy shows up.
This is the only time all day the sun appears. When the raven flies away, he takes the sun with him.
More scenes from the road
I leave the BRP around Mile 90 for an overnight in Roanoke.
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Back at it tomorrow!