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Mud Season

New England's Fifth Season

A few lesson on surviving mud season:

  1. Stay off the gravel roads! if you do not have to travel on them, don't. The more the vehicles stir up the mud the deeper the mud gets and the longer it takes to dry out. If you live on the gravel roads try to minimize your trips
  2. Pay attention to our signs! If we post a sign that says "caution mud," there will be mud, you may want to think of an alternate route. If route A is muddy and posted and Route B is not, go route B. If we post a sign that says "road closed," well that should be self explanatory :) I will try to provide one way in and one way out, but we may not always be able to provide through traffic on all our roads.
  3. If you must travel a gravel road, try to time your trips to coincide with the colder temperatures. Early morning trips might be easier, particularly if the temperatures went below freezing. he colder it gets, the stiffer the mud will be.
If you absolutely must travel on a gravel road

  1. Be patient! if you come up to a muddy spot and you have on-coming traffic, alternate who goes through the mud. If you both try, you both may find yourself stuck. The sides of the road will be the softest, stay to the middle of road as much as possible.
  2. If the mud get really bad, we will put some stone out in the center of the road, Stay on the stone, getting off to one side is  a sure way to get stuck. As you start through a muddy section, DO NOT STOP! Continue moving until you are through. Stopping or hesitating increases your chances of getting stuck.
  3. If you see anyone tearing up our gravel roads, as in 4-wheel drive mudding, please call the police. they are tearing up your road and wasting your tax dollars