"An adventure is something that while it's happening you wish it wasn't." - Mark Twain
I had a short notice business trip and had booked reservations, hotel, car, etc. Before I left, the local folks forwarded a weather report and suggested I get an SUV rather than the company required "standard" car. Since travel was booked with our internal travel team, I had to call in directly to car rental to get it updated.
Get to the destination airport and:
- Where's the runway??? I've never felt the crunchety-crunch of driving over snow... as a passenger an an airplane.
-On the way out, chatted with the captain for a minute, "Yeah, the weather forecast we got wasn't exactly correct."
-Forecast was for 1-3", actual was somewhere around 5"
-SUV upgrade hadn't made it from national rental office to local. Ended up paying ~3x the rate for a 4WD Compass (no Renegades or Cherokees available, or any other 4WD for that matter).
-Snow plows were broken. Nothing cleared.
-Street/summer tires on the Compass. If they were "all season" they sure didn't look like it.
-On the plus side, 4-wheel drift can be fun if you have the opportunity.
-2nd day forecast was for clear, maybe light rain. So, of course that was snow as well.
-3rd day forecast was for 1" of rain and that happened before sunrise.
-~60 mile round trip to remote office that is ~30 miles of 75Mph interstate took about 1-1/2 hours the first morning
-When weather started changing on the 3rd day; "time to leave early and get ahead of this"
-Return trip trip took 2-1/2 hours; partly due to bridge closure due to snow and partly due to 30Mph being top speed due to snow/ice/visibility
However, so far, return flight is still on track to depart as scheduled. I chose the 60-mile each way trip rather than a hotel closer to the offices because the hotel I'm in is about 1/2 mile from the airport. All I packed was a backpack. Worst case, I leave the car at the hotel and walk. :P
I got to see the snow-covered country-side (until it got dark). Took care of the issues that required me to travel. No incidents or injuries (for me; the FedEx truck on its side and the car in the ditch don't count...).
"I had an adventure."