Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hazards in the Road

Thought I'd take a picture of a spot in the road we travel over almost daily. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get a good perspective with a picture. The hole in the asphalt is about 1/3 the width of the road and could damage your tires if you tried to travel through it. There is not enough room to go around the outside of the hole without leaving the road. Unfortunately, what is not evident in the picture is that the gravel on the side of the road drops down so that if you swerve to avoid the hole, you'd tear out the bottom of your vehicle. Instead, you have to put the edge of your tire on the edge of the asphalt and then your other tire will be on some gravel that is more level with the road. Now, you have to add to this the fact that this picture was taken on a relatively dry day so that you could actually see the edges of the hole and the sides of the asphalt. With just a little rain, this whole area is flooded, so you just "hope" you get your tires in the right spot. Factor in another interesting tidbit of information. It gets dark year round in Guam at about 6:30 p.m. Many (probably most) of the roads in Guam have either no streetlights or very few streetlights. Furthermore, many (probably most) have no center lines or side lines marking the road, that makes figuring out which direction to steer your car quite the guessing game! Now, picture yourself driving down this road at night in the rain (extremely common) with little visibility and no markings to follow, and you might have a fairly good idea of what it's like to drive on Guam!

P.S. At the end of the road is St. Paul's Christian School where Christian attended the first half of his school year. We JUST transferred him to another school, which is another story!

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