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Et tu, Brute?

Caesar: “Et tu, Brute?”
Bill Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (III, i, 77)

In case you weren’t paying attention in Literature class, I’ll help refresh the memory…

Perhaps the most famous three words uttered in literature, “Et tu, Brute?” (Even you, Brutus?) this expression has come down in history to mean the ultimate betrayal by one’s closest friend. This scene, in which the conspirators in the Senate assassinate Caesar, is one of the most dramatic moments on the Shakespearean stage. The audience has just witnessed the arrogance and hubris of a ruler who has sought, within a republic, to become a monarch, comparing himself to the gods. Brutus, a friend of Caesar and yet a man who loves Rome (and freedom) more, has joined the conspirators in the assassination, a betrayal which is captured by the three words above.

So, after a summer and early fall of generally outstanding weather, the weather gods have turned against me …the ultimate betrayal in my book 🙂

OK, maybe a stretch…but the weather experts are now naming big storms and my current challenge is Brutus – hence the Latin quote from Bill S – that’s what happens when your nomad took six years of Latin…

But I digress…however, it does force another delay and change of plans

The delayed body/paint repairs now done it was time to head south and east – my goal for this part of the country was scenic highway 395 – and you know I am a sucker for a scenic byway

Not so fast thanks to Brutus – an artic blast has arrived in this part of the world and extends all the way into California…so for days I have had an eye on the weather forecast –

and, tonight the rain showers on me are snow in the hills to my east – can actually see the snow covered hills – beautiful but worrisome

– gives pause to Saturday’s departure…the snow extends south and east into the area of my planned route over to 395…California has even started posting “chain up requirements”

back to the Jello Planning Board

and careful study of the weather map

and logging onto state DOT sites

things like Brutus are sometimes the negative weather related reasons RV plans are only set in Jello

just have to continue to go with the flow

I had planned to run down 395 and stop at key places to hike and photograph – Mono Lake, Bodie Ghost Town, Alabama Hills etc etc – but all that has to be decided day to day now that frigid and potentially snowy conditions will exist

Plan B might take me further east out of the snow belt before heading south…better to be safe than sorry I guess

Like I said, it’s day to day planning now with an eye on the weather and road conditions…ironically the sun is shining over me in Eugene today while I plot alternatives – and since you know I like having options all is good in the universe.

Fairly certain I’ll still get a good dose of 395 before I get down to the desert – my goal now for Thanksgiving

More as always to follow…take care…see you down the road…

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  1. If you get back to Bishop, my very favorite hike is Little Lakes Valley, out of Tom’s Place. You can read about it here:
    http://lifeontheopenroad.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-very-favorite-hike.html

    November 10, 2012
    • Stephen #

      Diana
      think I’ll get to Bishop for a couple of days – trying to decide how to spend them – thanks for tip and info re Little Lakes Valley – will take a look. need to be in Desert Hot Springs to reconnect with my Reluctant RV’er by the end of the week for the oft-changed Thanksgiving plans – Jello planning has been the rule for sure over the last few weeks. take care

      November 10, 2012
      • On second thought, it may be too late in the year – there may be snow up at 10,000 feet…

        November 11, 2012
        • Stephen #

          you are probably right – the snow belt looks like it settled into those parts – it’s the reason I will likely have to go around the higher elevations when I run south from Carson City

          November 11, 2012
  2. Plan C: Click your heels together 3 times and say, “There’s no place like Palm Springs.”
    Plan D: “Beam me down south, Scotty!”

    P.S. I went hiking in the snow today. That’s a new one for this Louisiana boy!

    November 11, 2012
    • Stephen #

      good ideas 🙂 heading out shortly for the first leg – going to stay flexible and consider all plans!

      November 11, 2012

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