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So tour guide and ambassador Mike plotted out a nice little back way out of Toronto Lake for us.

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I think this bridge has been out a while.

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I was half following Mike’s directions and half watching the GPS when I see a curvy little road to the west, (which was the overall direction for the day anyway) and turned left instead of right. A little way down the road I turned right onto the only curvy road I had yet seen on a Kansas map. After about a 1/4 mile the road started getting seriously slippery. Did I mention the massive rain storm the night before? So I put it in 4Lo and went a few more feet until I saw a “Low water crossing” sign. Hmmm, did I mention the massive rain storm the night before? I stopped and went on down the hill and around the bend on foot where I came upon a very swollen, very fast moving river about 40 yards across and at least 5 feet deep in the middle running across the road. So much for a “low” water crossing! On the other side was an immediate tight left uphill turn. Since the road got slicker the closer I got to the river, I judged my chances of getting across as very low and getting up the other side as lower yet. So the only option was to back up. Uphill, and off-camber no less. Needless to say I found both ditches in the process.

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More than once the truck and trailer headed for this low spot. The fun part was that just left of that rock was a sheer five foot drop to the river!

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After thirty minutes or so of backing up with almost zero traction I finally got to solid ground. I say I because after the first ditch excursion, Pamala decided she wanted out of the big ugly Dodge and by this time was safely walking.

A little muddy but no worse for the wear.

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In retrospect I remember Mike mentioning “Rocky Ford”, and “not recommended even when dry”.  After getting to solid ground, I zoomed in the GPS close enough to see the road names. I guess I don’t have to tell you where we were!