Posted on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 | 9 comments
Columnist: Rudy Martin
This true story occurred sometime in 1970. In retrospect, it is as accurate as it can be. There are not enough words for me to prove the truth of this story. I can only wish you had been there with me, but read on and discover the most unbelievable way of travelling from point A to point B!
I drove out to work one day. It was one of those usual clear, sunny mornings and everything was normal except traffic. Within minutes, I ran into a hardly moving, bumper-to-bumper jam after crossing the bridge. Losing patience and in attempt to outsmart this queue, I turned left, thinking I could loop back ahead somewhere. A few turns and I knew I was beginning to get lost. The river to my left was the only landmark I had and I was sure it was the North side, so I knew I was headed East. A few more turns and not a thing was familiar anymore. I was completely lost. I drove past a horse race track, a well-known international bath and laundry products manufacturing plant and a fenced power transformer station. These were the last landmarks that registered in my memory.
Tense, looking from side to side, looking just like a lost driver, I continued driving on this straight stretch of road through this entirely unfamiliar place, not knowing where I was! Houses of modern design, some new, hinted that I had entered a subdivision. Then, all of a sudden, there was a traffic light with red light on at the intersection up ahead about one block. I stepped on the brake and jolted the car to a stop. It was here where the inexplicable occurred.
A brief description is in order at this point to help visualize the map of the area.
An old highway runs North-South between two residential areas. It has two lanes on each side, divided by a median tended with grass and a row of widely but evenly spaced trees. Both the West and East sides of this highway are fenced with heavy adobe concrete walls in some parts and rock boulders in others all the way South beginning at the embankments by the river in the North.
As far as I can recall, during that time there was no link between the two residential areas East and West of the highway except at the intersection discussed further in the text. Needless to say, to go from the residential area on one side of the highway to the residential area on the other side, one must cross the highway and the only crossing was at that intersection.
On approaching the intersection I realized I was about to cross the highway. The brake was naturally my first reaction. Then I noticed the well known hotel facing the road on the opposite side across from the traffic light. It was at this point when I recognized the location. I had occasionally passed by this intersection while driving down the highway, so this was not an unfamiliar site, although I had never been on this exact spot before. Of course I had always known that the hotel was on the West side of the highway. >From all these information, I got a positive bearing: I was on the East side of the highway headed West towards the intersection.
But something very bizarre happened. Just before the car jolted to a stop, I had noticed that the North side of the hotel with its great big name was facing East instead of North! Then, just as the car stopped, the hotel switched to its normal position (turned ccw 90 degrees) North side facing North, East side facing East in the blink of an eye!, just like one would see on TV! Notice now that the above events happened only within a few seconds after the intersection with the red traffic light over it had suddenly come in sight.
Things became clear to me while I was waiting for the green light at this intersection: I got lost on the WEST side of the highway, near the river, past a power transformer station; the intersection with the red traffic light on suddenly appeared; I jolted the car to a stop; I never crossed the highway ... what was I doing waiting for the green light at this intersection EAST of the highway? How did I get here? All hairs began rising at this point, not from fear but probably from the realization of this impossibility!
Whatever it was that occurred, I found my bewildered self on this spot at the exit gate of a private property just before the intersection under the traffic light East of the highway. It was indeed not possible for me to be here without crossing the highway from the West!
Although this amazing, wonderful experience occurred in 1970, it is still hair-raising for me. I can still see the details as though it happened only yesterday. I have no questions to ask but only wish I would know its purpose.
There was no internet in 1970. I did not have my own PC until September of 2001 and not until a few months later did I have the opportunity to publish a slightly different version of this story in some ghost and paranormal websites in the internet.
With the help of modern technology I recently viewed in the internet the detailed map of the area where I experienced this wonder. Tremendous infrastructure changes (streets, highways, bridges and buildings) have been done, not only in that area but throughout the country as well.
I have never seen the place again since I left the country in 1975. From the internet map, the landmarks which I saw then are still in the area today but the intersection where I inexplicably appeared has been completely changed, viz., a mid-air rail transit station and a bus terminal now stand in place of the simple intersection with a traffic light and the private gate which were there during the incredible occurrence.
As far as the exact distance of this amazing transport, I cannot be sure because I do not know exactly where I was transported from. However, using the scaled internet map, the direct distance from the area of the last landmarks to the aforementioned intersection is approximately 1 mile, and from the bridge directly to the intersection is exactly 3.74 miles.
Article Copyrightę Rudy Martin - reproduced with permission.