bridgezilla, cajon crawl, cajon pass, cajon pass commute, cajon pass commuter, cajon pass update, commute on the cajon pass, I-15, I-15N traffic, news, ranchero bridge, ranchero bridge hesperia, victorville, work commute
orteM (Metro spelled backwards)
Writing and posting after a long-winded, deathly commute!
A week after the burning and collapse of the Ranchero Bridge and, nolens volens, closing of the I-15 fwy, I am relieved it is finally open again.
Though the fwy is wide open, every time I see the bridge, I feel sad for all the hard work the workers have put in. Construction was coming along nicely, traffic was flowing smoothly, even during construction, and just like that – it’s gone.
According to the reports I’ve read, bridge could not be salvaged and ’twas a total loss 😦
But, that’s life! With every setback comes renewed strength and willpower. One just comes back stronger.
Not me. I was soo ready to call it quits after the I-15 fwy was shut down. After many years of commuting up and down the Cajon Pass and traveling about 85 miles (85 x 1.6 = 136.8 kms) everyday, 5 days a week, it just wear me down – to the bone.
After much thought and after a revived inspiration from an unlikely, serendipitous source, I was back again. This time even catching the earlier train.
With BNSF’s derailment yesterday, Metrolink trains are 5-10 minutes delayed. I can deal with that.
Meanwhile, let me enjoy my cucumber to refresh me in the morning.
Good day to everyone!
Another experience to file under ‘Resiliency”