Driving in the Fog - White Chasms

Headlights in Fog
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Mystery
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The fog was so dense I couldn’t see through it to the streetlights on the side of the expressway. Overhead signs that announced the next exit were invisible until they were on top of me. But I knew what each one said without reading. I’d driven the same stretch for 9 years, the curves were familiar and the potholes were memorized. They stayed memorized until the next winter, when plows tore open new chasms in the pavement. Occasionally I came across another lonely traveler. Red taillights gleamed through the white sheet of fog like the devil’s eyes – they beckoned to me. I flew by those eyes and chanced a look over to see who else was on the same road. A woman hunched over her steering wheel hoping to see through the fog, a man in a striped dress shirt heading to church perhaps, a young girl moving her head to silent music, oblivious to anything else. I flew by these other early morning movers and made my way to my destination.

"Some things never wash away" - Fog by Radiohead

Heat blasted away the below freezing temperature, the radio played dance music, and the speedometer steadily climbed as the fog drifted apart to let me glide through. The headlights of the weary few faded into the mist and disappeared. Still I flew on, hugged curves and watched the white line at the side of the road for guidance. I felt free racing at a high speed through the white shroud that hid the future, the next sign. I was exhilarated by the blinded path to my destination; by the risk I might miss something important in my haste. Once or twice my nerves did get to me and I slowed the pace while I pierced the fog with my eyes, looked for hidden curves or forgotten dips. The nerves didn’t last long before I shook them off and pressed the pedal harder once again. I was the lady of the road, alone in my pursuit of conquering the fog that threatened my being. I felt powerful and vibrant as I waged that war.

Deer in Fog
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Then the fog cleared and I saw him in front of me. A majestic being loomed in the dark, my headlights penetrated his shadow and I focused my eyes, I brought them out of the distance and into the present. I swerved with all my might, too much might, to miss hitting him and I felt my truck tilt to the left as it lost touch with the curve. I felt the bumps and flips as my truck tumbled end over end and I wondered why I had thought I was brave and smart enough to take on nature. I wondered if I would live to reach my final destination and I wondered if the fog had found a sneaky way to win the war.


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yusefblack 4 years ago

nice read Ardie, good imagery too


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks!! ;)


jenubouka 4 years ago

I felt like I was your passenger during the journey, and was singing a long to radiohead. That song is a great outline for the mood and words here, awesome detail. Vote up all the way.


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LearnFromMe 4 years ago

I certainly know the feeling of driving on a familiar mountain road in the fog, not being careful since I knew the way by heart. You really captured the feeling! I also know unfortunately what it is to swerve to miss a wayward deer...only to have his following friend run right into the side of my car. Not a good memory...

Voted up and sharing!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Jen! Thanks for the vote :) I only found the Radiohead song yesterday while looking for a way to portray my feelings here - I LOVE the song and it seemed to fit perfectly.

Learnfromme - How sad that the deer buddy followed :( It is NOT a good feeling but thankfully you were safe since you are still here!! Its hard to remember how large deer are and how much damage they can cause until it happens. Thanks for taking the time to read - this one is special to me.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and you have valuable information here. We give more attention while driving in this condition. Thanks for share with us. Well done and rated up!

Prasetio


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks prasetio :) I appreciate your kind words and support!!


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iZeko 4 years ago

You’ve put your thoughts so nicely in words, Ardie. Voted up!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks iZeko! My Mom threatened me to never fly through the fog again after she read this hahah


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Great vision in writing this piece, Ardie. From my curious mind, i visualized you fighting to conquer the fog. Great narrative


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Ubani and thanks :) I was indeed trying to conquer the fog - but in the end it won, or was it the deer? Thanks for reading


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Really enjoyed the read. Great video to put at the end (enjoying as we speak).


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Frieda! I was originally going to use the dance music I was listening to but it just didn't fit. I really like this one.


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

oooh, that was scary. Voted up with pleasure.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks doll!! :)


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fen lander 4 years ago from Whitstable

when the story gets where it's going I might make a comment, but so far it's intriguing (can't spell that). I like the way it's open-ended thus far. It does take me to the next place you're going.... where ever that is.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Fen! I'm not sure of my final destination which is why it is not listed in the hub ;) I suppose if I ever find out I will add it to the end. But for now I will continue driving in the fog.


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

You rocked this one. I love the ending. It's foggy yet so shining with intrigue :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you blaise! That's a lovely comment and I appreciate it so much.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love the descriptions. Held me until the end! Great job!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

You have a great imagination love your story line..great read. Voted up....debbie


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Victoria Lynn :) Thank you do much for reading. This is one of my favorites because I get stuck driving in the fog often - I have to drive through The Valley to get to work hahah

Deborah - hello! THank you for reading and for the vote :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very nice, ardie. One of my favorites


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Aaaw thanks PDX, I am very fond of this one myself. I usually tend to be reserved and very safe so the idea of being a little reckless was fun :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

INdeed, ardie. sometimes you gotta be a rebel :-)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Great piece Ardie. I could see the people in the cars you were passing you described them so well! Unfortunately I could also relate all to the deer, I'm two for two...my friends call me 'the deerslayer'. They really do surprise you even when it's not foggy!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Ooooh tillsontitan, the deer slayer?! Oooh noo I hope you have abig vehicle so you dont get hurt during these little run ins. How scary...they do tend to just pop up out of nowhere.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

What a fabulous word picture-- I could feel myself squinting through the windshield at the fog. I love the photos too and the link at the end. Really nice.Loved it up up and more up:-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Up X 3! Excellent piece here Ardie....I loved it! I am scared driving in the fog...even though I know the roads with my eyes closed you never know what is in there! Lol. Did you ever see the movie "The Fog"...that was scary!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Robie! Thank you so much for enjoying this one. I wrote it right after a really foggy ride into work one night. The majority of it is real - but a deer didn't jump out and I didn't wreck (thankfully!)

Hi RHW, thanks! :) :) I wasnt very afraid of driving in the fog until I realized just how stupid it was to fly around and not worry about deer or other cars. I DID see The Fog - creepy shiz right?!

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