Yeah, not so much. I left my house at 5:30 am to head up to Burlington, VT with my T-Bird. The plan was to get to the dealership at 8 am, leaving me plenty of time to sell the car and get to the train station by 9:15.
I started driving and it was a smooth start. Clear skies, dry roads and no traffic. Not that there’s ever much traffic up here. About an hour into the drive it started snowing. Then I drove out of it, then it started again and this time was for real. It was snowing hard. A tractor trailer slid off the road into a snow bank, I started fish tailing and a van in front of me started fish tailing. I got over on the shoulder and started driving on the rumble strips to get some traction. I put my emergency flashers on and was going 15 mph. Cars and trucks were flying by me. There were a lot of over passes so the guardrails were really close. I had no idea where the next exit was and I was just hoping to get to the next exit in one piece. I was so scared someone was going to put on their brakes to try and avoid me and slide right into me.
5 or more miles later, I finally made it to an exit. It was the longest drive of my life. There was a mobile station there. I asked the attendant if knew of any tow companies around with a flat bed. I thought if I could find someone quick enough I could still get up there in time to catch the train back. 4 companies later, I found one that was available and nearby. So he get’s there and says he has to get gas. So I pull around and he gets the car hooked up and starts pumping gas. The truck must have been dead empty because it took 10 minutes to fill it and then he had to go in and buy a soda. I told him I was trying to catch a train and he said oh you’re not catching that train and he walked away.
So I called Amtrak and got a refund. We headed towards Burlington and I thought if I could ride back to this gas station with him it would get me part way home. We got up there, dropped the car, got my check and started back. By the way, I missed the train by 10 minutes. If hadn’t needed gas or a beverage, I would have made the train.
So coming back he says he’s going to drop me off at Montpelier because there was a gas station there that a lot of truckers went to. So he drops me off and I give him the $325 for the tow. I saw a trucker in his truck and ask him if he’s going South. He said he had to do his paper work and get his car and then he could give me a ride. So I waited and waited and he never came back. I tried to look for truckers or cars with MA or Connecticut plates to catch a ride but there were none. I waited an hour and a half and went to Applebees thinking I could get someone that was stopping in for lunch. I got something to eat, had a couple of beers, asked a few people if they were going South with no luck and left. I tried to hitchhike from there but the ramp was a split ramp and the south side was the far left lane so no one was stopping. Back to the gas station I walked. I just started asking everyone if they were going South. I finally found a lady that was going about 20 minutes South and she gave me a ride.
So now I was 1 exit past where I’d gotten off. Still a very long way from home. I hitchhiked on the ramp and another lady picked me up. She got me as far as White River Junction which was about 90 miles from home but it was closer. I was at a big gas station so I just started asking anyone that was getting gas and finally found another lady that was going South and willing to give me a ride. She took me the rest of the way to Brattleboro. When I was near home my roommate called and said she’d gotten off early and was letting the dogs out and she could pick me up. So I asked her to meet me up the street so the lady I was with could keep going.
I finally got home at 4pm. Then I wanted to run up to the bank and cash the check to make sure it was good. I went to the bank the check was drawn on Merchants Bank and they refused to cash the check. Even though it was there customer and it was a business and it was made out to me, they refused to cash it. So I drove over to my bank and deposited it and now have to wait a week to find out if it’s good or not because the put a large check hold on it for 7-10 days. That was the icing on the cake for the day. I was done! I stopped and got a pizza and now I’m going to bed early to get ready for my adventure to New Jersey tomorrow. I really hope tomorrow goes smoother than today did. Good night!
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