And this is why we don’t follow a textbook.
3 months it took us to get out of that ditch, 3 MONTHS
How to Get Out of a Ditch in Several Long Steps, Chapter by Chapter, Gaius Cornelius Style:
I. Actually land in the ditch to avoid being hit by another carriage
II. Puzzle over how to get out of the ditch, but only after you whip your carriage driver for his “stupidity”, even when your son and your friend’s son defend him.
III. Make sure to devote an entire chapter to your son and your friend’s son watching vehicles.
IV. Have your kids play catch with a ball, while your daughter asks some very insensitive questions about your friend’s son.
V. Argue with your bitch of a wife about whether to stay in an inn or not.
VI. Arrive at the Inn, but don’t go in. Also, make sure you mention several times that the innkeeper is fat.
VII. Go into the Inn! Congratulations, you are now totally out of the ditch and can now sleep comfortably. That is, unless the bed is dirty and you have to get slaves to bring you a different one.