Didya go through Petrolia on your way south? If you did, you went right past my old house-the brownish beige one right across the street from the store with the little rock wall.
Usal was my playground for a couple years there. Great part of the world. I remember getting the Toomer stuck on Usal, about 1/4 mile after the black bear scared the sh*t out of me when he decided to cross the road in front of the motorcycle moving along at a good pace. It was February, I was alone, and it took me a couple of hours to extricate the big pig. I arrived at my destination, a 4-star hotel in SF, absolutely covered in mud (at least, what hadn't been washed off by the rainstorm in Marin county)
As big as the mudholes get out there, you might just consider yourself lucky. If the Rangers haven't opened it yet, it's probably for a good reason.