When I was invited to walk in the fields in the forests of Tver with the intelligence of the media Tutu.ru, of course, I agreed without hesitation. This year, winter did not want to recede and spring did not want to come by itself. The snow in the forests was until the end. The forest always restored me and gave me strength for life and then a search in the fields was added to nature. The fields were both anti-depressant to me, and at the same time I had never sat behind the wheel of this car – and it was a new experience. Two days in the woods of Tver did something incredible for me – they overloaded my nervous system and adjusted my internal compass.
And here I am in Tver, at the beginning of the “Wrong Turn” RWA Travel “Russian World of Adventures” search tour, I exhaled and ran to meet off-road. The country road was turned into a forest road, and there – snow, melted polynesia with awake streams and streams, hills, puddles and deep puddles full of water. The cars, one after the other, started to dive, fall and get stuck. And we – under laughter and jokes to pull out, to save cars from spring captivity. After all the groups got used to the controls, the organizers arranged a short break with a road kitchen-lunch right in the middle of the virgin forest. Having been refreshed with hot buckwheat with stew and fragrant tea, with renewed vigor we proceeded to the mastering of the second stage – independently completing the search on the road map “legend” looking for the right turns and finish.
A legend is a navigator encrypted on paper – a table with schematic images of intersections and other landmarks on the ground, as well as the distances between them. The crew’s task is to cross the route in succession, collect all the items hidden in the forest and find the encrypted finish line. The coordinated work of the team, the competent navigation, the attention of the navigator, the versatility of the crew are important here. Any mistake leads to “wrong turn” and loss of travel and time.
Our search took several hours, but there was a feeling that time in the forest works according to its own rules. At first he rushed with us and we guessed one by one the secrets of the “legend”. Starting last from the finish line, we overtook almost everyone, helping along the way to get the cars stuck in the mud and cheering on the crews. At one point, however, the spirit of the forest, apparently watching our struggle with great interest, thought: “Ah, children, where are you in a hurry, it is time to stop you.” And … we took the wrong turn. Turning, as it seemed to us, in the right direction and the car sat safely on a log. The wheels were spinning, two strong guys from our crew tried unsuccessfully to move the car. As time went on. I started to get bored …
I got out of the car and entered the forest aimlessly, listening to the creaking of the pines, the quiet rustle of the streams and the trill of the birds of the forest. The majestic pines shone with golden bark. Their branches, directed towards the sky, intertwined with each other and formed a perforated dome. I sat on a log and thought: this is life – something you plan, something you try, something you expect and at some point an unknown force throws you out of your usual rhythm, puts you in incomprehensible circumstances, breaks all plans, breaks dreams and you leaves only with yourself. And what do we do? We raise our eyes to the sky and ask: why?
“- “Few find a way out, some do not see it, even if they find it, and many do not even look for it.”. Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”
I asked the same question. And, without receiving an answer from heaven, she relaxed, replacing her face under the rays of the sun that penetrate the branches. I felt like I was about to fall asleep. But an incredible thing happened: half asleep, among the majestic giants, I seemed to wake up and understand what a miracle our life on planet Earth is and how wonderful it is to travel around it, to listen to yourself, to listen to the world, to look in it as if for the first time, to be surprised, to rejoice, sometimes to be upset, to cry and laugh again. We thank the earth, the sky and all the gods for every day given to us, for the opportunity to live simply, regardless of whether your plans and dreams come true. To learn all the lessons that life gives us, even if sometimes they seem destructive and terrible. Connect with wonderful people. I realized that every step I take, every decision I make, every choice can make my life a fairy tale or a nightmare. There is always a way out of every situation, even if it does not seem to exist or leads nowhere.
“What are these sounds there?” Alice asked, nodding in a very secluded thicket with beautiful vegetation at the edge of the garden. “And these are miracles,” the Cheshire cat explained indifferently. “And … And what are they doing there?” asked the girl blushing inevitably. “As expected,” Gata yawned. – It happens … Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”
I got in the car, in my crew, completely happy, with a smile on my face, like a Cheshire cat, because I realized that something incredible had just happened: this Tver forest revealed something important to me, which, like a car headlight, illuminated me and the course of my life. By this time, our field had been rescued and surrounded by other crews. The groups stood next to the cars and talked lively. Everyone was flooded with happy emotions and impressions, they laughed and joked. Surprisingly, helping each other in this forest, pulling cars out of spring potholes, everyone came together, became friends and felt like a family, even though they only met a few hours ago.
“Sooner or later, everything will clear up, everything will fall into place and be lined up in a uniquely beautiful design, like lace. It will become clear why they needed everything, because everything will go well. Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”
In the evening, after a long day, a wonderful dinner, liqueur and a Russian bath were waiting for us at the eco-hotel Barskaya Usadba
Early in the morning, waking up to the birdsong, I went to the banks of the Volga. And, fixing her eyes on the canvas of the river, she remembered A. Block: “The desperate cold delays the melting. Spring is later than usual, but also more unexpected. But I paraphrased “more desperately.”
Despite the cold air blowing from the Volga, I felt a hot premonition of what was in front of me. New roads, discoveries, projects, people! What happiness to live and feel this world and life itself! After all, this is one – there is no other! And I, happy with all these thoughts and realizations that captured me, went to a master class for making mozzarella cheese at the Barskaya Usadba cheese factory.
Here I was waiting for another lesson that medieval alchemists had long discovered for themselves: “Solve et Coagula” – to dissolve and recombine matter as many times as necessary to obtain the most perfect coexistence of matter and spirit – PHILOSOPHICAL STONE . Well, in our example, the perfect mozzarella cheese.
“Kart is my first love. It’s a good school for everyone.” Formula 1 race driver, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher
And in front of us was the kart in the sport of Tver Rumos. Kart is a sport that allows you to get incredible emotions and a sea of adrenaline in a matter of minutes. The kart is a small compact car. It consists of a seat, a frame and a small engine. Cars on rental karts do not have a gearbox and are easy to drive even without driving skills.
I was on the kart for the first time in my life, so I did not drive in the first race, but I looked more closely at the track, our children-racers, the car itself. The Kart is a very low car and I felt physically close to the rubber floor. The car can accelerate very quickly. I was told that you can reach speeds of up to 90 km / h, but you have to understand that the kart area is like a very twisted river, along which you rush in such a way that you do not knock down the “shores” and other participants .
It is unlikely to crash on the map, everything is provided for the safety of the participants. In addition, there are rules that must be followed to make the ride comfortable. When I went to the second run, I left all the “oh, carefully, oh, I’m scared”. He opened my inner navigator and, like the water of the mountain, rushed with pleasure along the cart, gathering bouquets of adrenaline in the turns.
The minutes of free driving revealed all my inner possibilities. I, too, as an ancient alchemist, came up with the ideal formula to move on in life – without fear and doubt, with a creative impulse, fully trusting my inner self and at the same time following the rules of the community.
It seems to me that when the time comes for unmanned vehicles and drivers to become passengers, this will be one of the saddest pages in the history of mankind. Because when you drive, you feel not only the speed and joy of the movement, but also life itself with its unpredictable, incomprehensible, improbable. And then there is no “wrong turn”, but there is life itself, which leads you through trials and difficulties for only one thing – to find yourself and your path!