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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Having an adventure

"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."
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I don't imagine anyone west of Bree would have wanted that adventure!
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I chuckled a cpl times, sorry. where the heck did they send you?
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When I was still working, the owner told me at 10AM that he had booked me flight to Austria, and the plane to Chicago left at 2PM. No snow, but a little more heads up would have been nice!
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I chuckled a cpl times, sorry. where the heck did they send you?
Out sorta by Pendleton, OR.

However, my pre-planning got me from hotel to the other side of TSA in about 20 minutes when I left.

I would have really dreaded making that drive starting somewhere around 2:00 in the morning if I'd stayed in OR.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2017, 01:06 AM
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Sounds like you really had a blast mate! I only wish that such a "good" opportunity comes around a bit more often! Haha! Hopefully in better circumstances than bad weather when you're on a business trip though! I can only imagine how difficult it is to coordinate some similar experience on the off hand though so I'd say you really had a good go of it in the end!
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Remember a couple years ago when Atlanta GA was hit with an ice storm that rendered the entire city shut down? Yea, I was there.... Remember them getting hit two weeks later? I was there for the rescheduled meetings then too

It seemed sooo silly to me that everything closed. My hotel didn't have a restaurant and there was none open within walking distance. I lived on cola and beef jerky I scored from a gas station 20 miles from the hotel. My to/from trip was action packed. I recovered 7 cars (3 of them were law enforcement), and lost count of how many cars I drove to a safe place or moved. To be fair, the ice was pretty bad, but the real kicker was the lack of infrastructure (salt trucks) and people that have never driven on ice. My guess is the transmission and axle shops loved these storms because I witnesses a bunch of one wheel spin with the engine on rev limiter movements.

I will say, there is something a bit spooky being on an interstate with 8-9 lanes each way and you being the only one on it...

Oh, I was in my company car (Ford Explorer) It did absolutely AMAZING. although I did air my tires down to 8 PSI. At the time I didn't own Maxtrax, but I would've been a freaking hero if I had them on this trip. LOL
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