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Mt Rosser bypass hike unbearable

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM


It is with much regret and a heavy heart that I announce my immediate and irreversible decision of my separation from the Mount Rosser bypass. This was not a development that I had envisioned in the short term, though the relationship was an uphill task from the get-go.

Though the scenery was so picturesque, and I was forced on many occasions to capture the moments and brag to the entire universe how beautiful our passage was, I know I was merely a hurting woman with a smile on my face but with tears dripping on the inside.

Sometimes I could hear the engine of my beloved vehicle crying out in pain as I climb what appear to be the walls of a three-storey building, but I comforted her and myself with the thought that it would have been over in 15 short minutes.

And while I thought, initially, that you were extracting so much exertion from me for the 15-minute ride and treacherous terrain, I loved you unconditionally, so I stayed the course. I was ridiculed by those who I thought were just jealous of our partnership, but I held on to you like a treasure I yearned for - for many years.

But I started thinking! You were like a scammer. Although I was tagged, all you wanted was cash - $420 - every time I visited you. And every visit required two payments. While you were draining my resources, I was like a fool in love.

But the straw that broke the camel's back was this: On Thursday, September 10, when I visited with you and gave you the $420, you drew my attention to a sign on your window. "Tonight at midnight, your fee will be $715." I told you I could not afford to pay you any more as I was only promised a five per cent increase on my salary - an increase which really had no guaranteed payment date. You walked away from me signalling that it was not a matter for negotiation or discussion.

Well, I have a choice! You take it or leave it. Our relationship is over. Goodbye, honey! Mount Rosser, here I come!