5 miles of narrow, winding, uphill road remained between us and our destination, the Oregon Caves. Sometimes steep, the road wound its way upwards with tight switchbacks. About halfway up I realized something.
Despite the incline and the many tight corners, the drive was perfectly smooth and comfortable. Tight turns on a narrow road usually force you to slow down considerably, yet I was able to hold a constant 30 mph—and I was towing a travel trailer!
That’s when I started paying attention. Each corner was banked perfectly to the inside. The bank transitioned smoothly into the next turn. The road was slightly wider in the corner. The steepest sections were straight-aways. This road was perfectly designed for a smooth and safe drive. I almost ached to be on my motorcycle.
Who made this, I wondered? Somewhere there was a county roadworks engineer or someone similar, who studied the topography this road would cross, who calculated the grade, who carefully considered the turning radius of each corner.
This stretch of road is a work of art, but it’s the handiwork of an artisan who will never be celebrated. Most who drive up to the Oregon Caves won’t even notice.
This is a good model for life, I think.