"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding watercolor, metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back roads journal--III, the straight narrow

Daybreak over the great Plains, on NM 56

In the wide open spaces I love to travel, straight back roads grab my attention. You never know what will be over the next rise. Traffic is so seldom, that you appreciate it, looking for someone to raise their hand from the steering wheel in greeting. The towns are far apart, and small. You can see the past and into the future out here. 
The Biblical "straight and narrow" is more than just a religious belief, it is a fact of life.  
Village of Mosquero, a county seat, population 140
But you don't get bored, because sooner or later, there will be curves ahead. First though, there are the far horizons, that beckon, that remind you how unpopulated our country really is, how precious it is to get off the Interstates, and breathe.

There will be curves ahead.

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