Well, guys, looks like I am still off schedule here. I’m sure you have heard about the snow and ice disaster we had in Atlanta yesterday. It wasn’t supposed to do much in our area. Ummmm…..
Believing the weather reports, I took a load of goodies to my booth yesterday morning, about 30 minutes away from my home. By the time I left the shop, the ground was white, slippery, and oh, so unfriendly. I saw three accidents before I had gone a couple of miles.
It took me 3 1/2 hours to get home. I was a nervous wreck, but didn’t have any real problems, since my gas guzzling suv is all wheel drive.
The trouble started a few hours later when Richard got stranded about three miles from home. I took my trusty suv out to pick him up- again no problems, until….
I crested a hill and saw at least twenty cars (and a school bus) stranded or wrecked and scattered across the whole road. We aren’t talking interstate highway- this is a two-lane road. Going downhill on ice is not good. Dodging vehicles on ice is impossible. My vehicle started sliding and I wasn’t able to stop until a stranded car did the honors for me.
There were so many cars still trying to get through that area, no way to turn around, and nowhere to go. Everyone had to stand on the hill in ankle deep snow so as not to get run over by sliding cars. After a couple of hours, my feet were painfully frozen.
Richard had parked his truck at a school about a mile and a half away from where I was now stranded. He caught a ride part of the way on someone’s atv, then walked to where I was waiting. We were planning on walking the mile or so home, but someone on an atv offered us a ride. Thank you, Quentin, whoever you are.
Guys, it was awesome the way so many people were out there helping each other. No one was angry about the accidents. Those with jeeps were pulling cars off the road; those with atv’s were shuttling people home; others were offering their homes to those who were too far away to make it to their own homes.
I am so thankful that God brought Richard and me home safely. Angels on 4-wheelers, who woulda’ thunk it.
I’m hoping we don’t have to wait until spring to get our vehicles back….