We have a road!
If you’ve been following our progress over the past several months, you’ll know that we’ve been waiting a long time to get a road, or driveway, pushed onto our property. We’ve said lots of things like, “it’s been a long road” or, well actually that’s about it. We’ve just said it a lot. Back in May of 2015 we marked a boundary of what we wanted cleared on the property. Almost two months later, we finally got that area cleared, and we declared, “We have a road!…almost.” That was way back in June.
But as I’ve written in the past, waiting isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All this waiting has allowed us to think about how best to shape the road, and we’ve had plenty of time to decide how to do it. We came up with a plan to build the road to contour, which means to build it in a way that keeps a consistent, level elevation throughout its course. We decided this mainly because we wanted to construct a hügelkultur bed along the entire length. Check out Stefanie’s blog explaining what a hügelkultur bed is, and why we decided it was the way to go.
So in August we had our friend Paul, and our road builder, Robert, join us at the property to develop the plan. We figured we’d have a road within the next few weeks. A few weeks then turned into 23 weeks. Almost six months. But by George, we finally got ourselves a damned road! A glorious, beautiful road! It honestly took us a few days for it to set in. After waiting for MORE THAN HALF A YEAR from the time of clearing to getting the road, it was finished in just over a week. To wait all that time for it to happen so quickly seemed unreal. It’s like we couldn’t trust it until it was absolutely finished. And then it was. And we were overjoyed.
And then we weren’t. Less than 24 hours after having a completed road, somebody came onto the property and threw around a bunch of stuff we’d been gathering over the past several months, mostly shipping pallets for various projects we want to complete. They threw them all around, stole a few, broke an old cow skull Stefanie had. It was just completely terrible and deflating. Though it obviously could have been worse, it still sucked to have our joy taken from us so quickly. It just really sucks that people would do that. So now our priority has immediately shifted to erecting a gate in an effort to thwart would-be vandals’ and low lifes’ efforts.
When we got the call from my mom about the vandalism (she stops by from time to time to check up on the progress), we rushed out right away to assess the damage. As violated and deflated as we felt, as upset as we were, all of those feelings quickly evaporated when we got out there. After all, this was our land. Our soon to be home. Our happy place. And we finally had a road to get there.