by Bob Doran
This morning, as in 12/21/12, the Mayan's last day, the Mendocino County Sheriff's office posted this photo of a cataclysmic rending of asphalt on Covelo Road, aka Highway 162, described by friend of the Journal Mike Wilson as, "Kind of like every scene in the movie 2012, only a much much smaller version."
Is this the beginning of end? Not exactly.
The Mendo Sheriff's Facebook post explains, "It appears storm run-off plugged a drain pipe under the highway, causing the water to flow over the highway eroding the roadway. A semi tractor-trailer made it almost across the area when the road gave way. The rear axles of the trailer fell into the hole and were ripped from the truck. The damage is approximately 20 feet wide by 30 feet deep, taking out both the eastbound and westbound lanes."
Cal Trans is working on it. In the meantime, "There is an alternate route of Laytonville/Dos Rios Road, which is a single-lane dirt road leading between Laytonville and Dos Rios, where traffic can then come back onto Highway 162."
Bottom line: Be careful out there. It might not be the end, but with this weather, the roads are treacherous.