So, it snowed last night ... and this morning. It's still snowing, actually.
Nothing I'm not used to growing up in Canada. But here's something that I am definitely NOT used to - driving in the snow. And another plus, my BMW is rear wheel drive.
Rear wheel drive + snow = Anti-lock brake and skidding hell. I started out this morning around 7:30. I went a mile without any problems (this was going downhill) and then I turned the corner. Going downhill still wasn't a problem, the opposite side however, was another story. About 5 cars in total were in various stages of stuck: getting stuck, will be stuck and totally stuck.
I felt the first flash of trepidation.
Still moving along nicely until I reached the bottom of the hill and started driving back up. UP is bad. Stopping on UP is even worse. Once I stopped, I wasn't able to start again. I skidded sideways and the brakes completely locked up. I think I was perpendicular to the road at one point.
Some good samaritans pushed me up the road ...
I pulled over into a quiet neighborhood to get my bearings. I had hills on either side of me and no forseeable way to traverse them with the giant hunk of junk that is my car. (yes, I am disgruntled with my baby at the moment, she totally let me down).
I decided to go back and tried to turn around. But guess what? I'm on another HILL. Fast forward 20 minutes later. I drove in reverse all the way down the hill, turned around on level ground and tried to go back up again. No good.
So finally, after much debate, I parked the car along side the curb, threw on my running shoes and began the 2 mile hike back home ... uphill...in the snow.
Here's what I passed along the way:
Even with such minor grades, these hills were near impassable for any car without 4WD or at least front wheel drive.
This was scary - I saw this car slide backwards against this pole very slowly while I was still driving to work. I took this picture on my way back home - on foot.
This car was blocking my path - stupid BMW drivers! They're all total jerks thinking they own the road and sidewalks. ;)
Not even the larger cars were exempt from the snow.
So, after 45 minutes of trudging in the snow, I finally made it back home at 10 am, completely soaked and sore. Sore from falling a million times because snow, ice and slick running shoes are not a good combination.
Work is trying to find a way to get me into the office. Apparently, it's very important that I attend a meeting. *sigh*. Also, we went to Gamestop last night. There was a ridiculous .. and I mean RIDICULOUS line and it was about 20 below so we left. Which means, I'm at home without Burning Crusades. Ah the irony.
I hope my little car is okay. :(