Surprise on the Road

I had been away from home for the whole week. While I was gone another snow storm had passed through our state leaving roads treacherous for several days. But by the time I was on the road to get home, they were mostly dry and clear.

Driving west is always tricky in the evening. The sun sinks lower and lower, blinding the driver, until it finally disappears. Headlights are a poor substitute for light.

Hours of driving clicked by, bringing home closer and closer every moment. Finally my exit, which means I only have a mile and a half to travel before I reach comforts of home.

Off the highway, I start to increase my speed, but quickly realize that this side road is not as cleared as the highway. I turn again to a less traveled road and discover this road is barely cleared. Immediately I began to apply my breaks, but suddenly my headlights reveal a VERY large object before me in the road. Fortunately, I had slowed prior to the massive shape appearing. Two eyes reflected back to me. It was a stare down between my headlights and the enormous cow standing in the road. The cow blinked first, then he ambled to the side where he joined his fellow escapee in the yard. They trotted off disappearing into the dark.

I hope they found their way home or their owner found them before something happened to them. I wondered what the homeowner  thought when he saw the giant footprints in his snow.