Do you relish stress? Or would you prefer to steer clear of unnecessary problems?

Learn from my mistake…never cross a point of no return if you don’t know what’s beyond it!

Here’s a story of what happened when I did, and the lessons I learned from it…

Behind the Scenes Insights

  • I’d say the idea of following Google Maps on West Virginia backroads is as reliable as the idea of making decisions based on how you feel, or “following your heart” as they say. “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).
  • I’d say trusting AWD to make you invincible is as reliable as the idea of trusting in your intellect to keep you from experiencing any problems, or “believing in yourself” as they say. “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved” (Psalm 62:5-6).
  • I’m not exactly sure how I got onto the pipeline to begin with. I think the county road I was initially on buckled back in the same location that the pipeline crossed it. The county road was in disrepair anyway, so when Google Maps and existing vehicle tracks pointed onward down the pipeline, I followed.
  • Perhaps someone with more experience would have been able to tell whether or not the Outback could have made it down the 4th and final hill. I just knew that by that time the ground was thawed and I didn’t feel like taking a risk on mud when there was another possible exit.
  • It is very important to commit never to intentionally trespass onto someone else’s property. I am always very careful to look for them before proceeding into a questionable area. I never saw a single sign though until reaching the wrong side of the gate at the very bottom of the hill, making this a very unique situation.
  • The property owner was there when I got to the bottom of the hill. I have no idea what he thought about the whole situation, but what I do know is that he was sarcastically mystified and I was apologetically embarrassed, and I don’t think I’ll ever again cross a point of no return without knowing what’s beyond it.


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