She was on the washboard ruts before she realized they were there.
Following a long drive that consisted of little more than two ruts worn by vehicle tires, they came to the Marsh ranch.
As he maneuvered the truck through muddy ruts in the drive, she covertly studied his profile.
It may be supposed that originally the public roads, when worn by the cartage of the coal, were repaired by laying planks of timber at the bottom of the ruts, and that then the planks were laid on the surface of special roads or ways' formed between the collieries and the river.
(It is to be remembered, however, that the standard width of a Roman highroad in the neighbourhood of Rome itself is about 14 ft.) They are uniformly paved with large polygonal blocks of hard basaltic lava, fitted very closely together, though now in many cases marked with deep ruts from the passage of vehicles in ancient times.
Deep ruts and "cradle-holes" were worn in the ice, as on terra firma, by the passage of the sleds over the same track, and the horses invariably ate their oats out of cakes of ice hollowed out like buckets.
How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!
Meeting a comrade at the last post station but one before Moscow, Denisov had drunk three bottles of wine with him and, despite the jolting ruts across the snow-covered road, did not once wake up on the way to Moscow, but lay at the bottom of the sleigh beside Rostov, who grew more and more impatient the nearer they got to Moscow.
The saturated road no longer absorbed the water, which ran along the ruts in streams.
We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins.