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I was driving from Pasadena to Palo Alto on Tuesday when at one point the freeway started looking rather unfamiliar – too much traffic, too many exits. A short investigation revealed that as a result of staying on the wrong lane about twenty miles back, I was going north along the 99 rather than north-west along the 5. I dug out my map and decided that the best course of action would be to take the 58 West and rejoin the 5. Not more than a half-hour lost, no big deal.

So I took the 58, which goes through the suburbs of Bakersfield before turning into an undivided single lane rural highway. By then, dusk had morphed to night and the moon shone through softly. And as I drove along, something indescribable happened – it was an intense feeling of oneness with the eerie quietness around me. I usually take freeways and they are aloof, overpowering entities. They make their way dismissively in a straight line and are too wide to see what lies beyond them. This narrow rural highway, however, truly belonged to the earth. The road was lined on either side by tall trees, that to my eyes, looked like the keepers of some secret too terrible to divulge. My car speeding at 80 miles, I held the steering wheel firm with my two hands and looked out of the window on my left. The terrain, all the way to the horizon, was washed by a pale, beautiful, ghostly moonlight and there was no sign of intelligent life anywhere.

It gave me the chills.

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