But I get ahead of myself here a a bit. The last half mile drive to the friend's house was quite uh exciting. The roads wee clear. They were wet though and I shoulda knew. I get to this sharp turn area before his house and I slow down as I usually do. I hit the ice and wow. Later I was telling him about it and his advice was I shoulda had the 4 wheel drive engaged.
Okay back to the rest of the night. I was tipsy there for a bit, his wife makes a mean drink for sure. We hung out, ate, chatted. The other guests left and my friend and his wife chatted some more. Around midnight I figure it was time to head out, I had not had a drop of booze since 8:30, so I was good to go. Until I look outside and see that it had been snowing and quite heavily. Roads were covered. So I spent the night.
I get up early as I wanted to make the family at home breakfast, eggnog french toast. The roads were still covered but had a glaze of salt and anti-skid. I was optimistic that the main roads would be cleared. I mean it was just an inch or so of snow in PA.
Side streets, bad. In town streets bad. State Road. Crap. Another state road, crappier. Main road home was shitty. One barely passable lane that, I think had real road under there somewhere. I put it into low gear and got behind an 18 wheeler.
That guy pulled over at the summit of the mountain to do the downshift deal, and I kept on going. There was a van behind me but they stayed at least 5 lengths behind. At least I didn't have an asshole behind me.
Get down the mountain and notice another pair of headlights behind the dude behind me. That car didn't start out with us, and must have been behind the 18 wheeler. It also means he had passed the 18 wheeler on very snow covered lanes. He also must have flown down the damned mountain. Always one of that type everywhere, I guess.
The roads did not get to be decent til I was two towns over.
I spent the afternoon outside with the kids, as they found a patch of snow not melted ( in the valley we got none of the snow the mountains got ) and watched them sled. Didn't stay out for long periods of time. It was damned cold out there.
So going to the farmer's market tomorrow, and then unless this latest storm heads too far east, I'll be heading back to my apartment. So much to catch up on.
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