By Jon Hartling
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Copyright 2011 Jon Hartling
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The old Buick sputtered to a stop on the side of the road, out of gas, just past a weathered sign that read, “Pickmansville -- 4 miles.” There was the hint of some manmade structure in the distance, barely visible through the heat waves that rolled languidly off the blistering pavement. Aside from that there was nothing to see but rows of parched corn and the growing wall of clouds to the north that hinted teasingly at respite from the merciless August sun.