Mud on the Tires


A beautiful fall drive into Hernandez, NM. (Image: Sandi Martinez)
A beautiful fall drive into Hernandez, NM. (Image: Sandi Martinez)


by Sandi Martinez

These words may strike a chord in you somewhere; it’s a country song by Brad Paisley. My favorite line is, ‘…I’ve got the perfect place in mind. It’s in the middle of nowhere, only one way to get there, You got to get a little mud on the tires’.

This would be akin to getting your hands dirty when gardening, or a little bit of oil on your hands when changing your car oil. I think you get my point! I like the mud on your tires, because it’s what happens when you know you have to get somewhere, and it just can’t be avoided. It’s a brand new truck, and for some people, the last thing they want to do, is get their new wheels dirty!

Still, if bad weather comes (and winter is on the way), blazing through the wet dirt and hydroplaning is on the menu, the truck is built tough, and it can make it through just about anything.

I think this is an attitude many people eventually adopt and especially when following your passion. Anything worth having, usually releases huge doses of stress endorphins, and a bit of panic when the road ahead is too ‘stormy’. Equally, we have reservoirs of strength and determination that then paint the image that we as humans are built tough. Some of our tires have been a bit bald for a bit, but then we know the threads are wearing thin, and it’s time to replace them.

It’s then that we are prepared to rove over the big muddy mounds, and splash through pot holes as big as small ponds, knowing the shocks and struts are strong enough to roll right through. The truth is, you won’t get anywhere if you’re too afraid of getting mud on your tires, so what are you waiting for? Put your vehicle (you) in 4-wheel drive, rev up, and push on through!

RMSAAM wants to know what your big ‘stuck in the mud’ moment was, and what you were driving!