Sorry to hear it folks. To be honest, I thought it was bad here in Michigan but nothing like what you folks have. You can still get lost in the woods pretty easily here in many places. But the western states have some pretty spectacular wilderness as does Minnesota and Canada.
As an aside, I think I understand the term "metalled road" from the context but does anyone know how it was derived?
. . . deliverance will not come from the rushing, noisy centres of civilization. It will come from the lonely places. - Fridtjof Nansen