Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Posting in reverse - some winter driving

Sigh. I have quite a queue of posts to complete. Who knows if I'll get to all of them. Anyway, in reverse order, starting with the most recent, thought I'd mention that today we had some snow. I had to drive in to work, which involves a slightly more than 30 mile drive to Durham. Our neighborhood and the first "major" road were ok if snow-covered. Little spinning making the turn out of the neighborhood.

Main Street in Graham was in pretty good condition. However, I had to make a stop at my bank this morning and when I did, I had to turn onto a side street (which interestingly enough, leads to our local DOT branch - you'd think they'd have it salted/sanded). As I pulled over into the center turn lane to make a left into the bank entrance, the Mini just took off sliding down the road. Luckily there was no one coming in the opposite direction so I was able to recover, go down the road, and turn around. Ever notice how few people know how to do that - go down the road and turn around when they miss or are about to miss a turn? Instead they try some wacked move or stop and hold up everyone else for their problem? Digression! Digression!! I was a little worried in the parking lot of the bank as there was a lot of spinning going on there too.

Anyway, I finally made it to the Interstate. I thought that would be good to go. Surely DOT would have put out the brine mix, sanded, salted, whatever, to keep the Interstate safe, right? Nope. Had to be some of the worst winter driving conditions I've ever seen. Not sure why, but the slushy mix that had developed was extremely slippery. Saw several accidents. One included a guy who had been tailgating me back in Graham and once we were on the four lane, started zipping through traffic. He had backed it into the center concrete median and was stopped with his vehicle (Chevy Venture?) blocking the far left lane. Guess he couldn't move it as he was missing a rear wheel. Yeah, it is hard to not get some pleasure out of someone else's misfortune, though he obviously had it coming.

I finally made it into Durham and got into work. The ride home was much better, but I still saw some folks having traction problems as I got close to home. So here is a pic from the Durham Expressway as I was heading in.

Update: Below is a pic of the Mini after a few days of driving in the salty, sandy, briney soup that our roads became. Such is the life of a daily driver. I finally went by a car wash at 10:30 on Thursday night in 32 degree weather to clean the Mini. Hope the wax is holding up. (Note - this update being done via an iPhone app for Wordpress blogs.)

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