Simon Ryder has been on the road all morning, and he still has a long way to go. He's running a little behind schedule. To Simon, a few minutes can make all the difference.
Included in the collection Dark on the Mountain
Four more miles to Spring Creek. Tired and dull-headed after his long drive over the mountain, Simon Ryder thinks he’ll stop there for coffee before tackling the last thirty twisting miles above the river up to Asheton. As his beat-up van labors on yet one more incline, a red Corvette looms suddenly close behind on a sharp curve, weaving in his mirror, impatient to pass. The stony flank of the mountain hugs the road just left of the pavement and drops away on the right two hundred feet to the river below.