Intermittent, torrential rain showers turned the rutted, cratered road into a bog of red mud.
He went to his Jeep, raised a hand toward the cabin, and made for the rutted track through the woods.
She heard a thud that made her ears ring, and suddenly Wolf Paw was slumping to the rutted trail in front of her.
We were riding now up the stony and rutted lane which led from the ford.
When she found that her feet had reached the patch of rutted ground that was around the gate, she sobbed with thankfulness.
Blazing sunshine beat down upon the rutted street, and an unpleasant gritty dust blew along it.
Finally they reached the rutted, dirt road that twisted along the stream bed toward the framed shape of the farm house.
The ground was hard and rutted with frosty mud and bruised her slender feet through her white buckskin sandals.
The road was only a wide, rutted cow-path on the side of the hill.
The mud in the road has stiffened, and the rutted cattle tracks are also streaked and barred with ice.
"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.
"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.