On my way home from the deadbolt incident
, I missed the turn onto Clarendon, which is what I usually take to get from Broadway in northwest Somerville back into Cambridge.
(It was dark.)
So, I try going southwest down Newbury, which is one street over and parallel to Clarendon. After going downhill for a bit, I see some headlights coming toward me. So, I stop and it stops.
Either it is one way in the wrong direction for me, or it's one of those two-way streets that only has enough width for one car in places, like Pemberton. So, I back up, three-point turn, and go back the way I came.
However, I run into a Do Not Enter sign when I go that way. In response, I turn off onto what I think is a side street. The other car follows me.
The side street turns out to be an access way for an apartment building. It bends to the left, so I go that way. Then, it ends at an entrance to the building.
I back up, then get out of the car to see if the other car is around the bend. It is.
The woman in the car says hi, then tells me she was going on a one way street (in the northeast direction) when she saw me (going the wrong way, it is implied, even though she is friendly). But after I turn around, we ran into the Do Not Enter sign indicating that that part of the street is one way in the other direction (southwest).
I speculate that we missed a place in between the two one-way stretches that point at each other at which we could turn onto an escape road.
She gets in her car and starts reversing out of the long apartment access drive. I turn around and follow, then we go southwest down Newbury again, this time looking for turns.
There are no turns, except onto private drives.
We keep going, and in fact, reach the end of Newbury (which becomes Washburn). I can see Dunkin Donuts across Mass Ave. now.
I never once see a sign saying that it is one way to the northeast.
That is because it is in fact one way in the southwest direction the whole way.
Anyway, right or wrong, that whole incident could have been much worse with another driver that was much less chill than that.