Saturday, February 06, 2010

Snowed In

HELP! I’m snowed in at a motel in Winchester, VA, and there is NO WAFFLE HOUSE close by. There is one about two miles away, but walking in sneakers in almost knee deep snow isn’t gonna happen.

Luckily I got all the dogs delivered before the shit hit. I was 40 miles inside PA when it started.

This was made while driving down the road about 15 minutes after it started.


I still had a 100 miles to drive before I could stop at my favorite motel. In that two hours, I-81 was down to one good lane and the cloverleaf exit I used was so icy it was like I was ‘dirt-tracking’ again. Almost sideways all the up the ramp.

This is at the motel looking toward the Texas Road House resturant where I ate dinner last night.


Now the snow is up to my knees. You can see some pictures below. Many of you live in shit like this all winter. My advice…move South - below NC and TN.

This is the motel later that evening and today.






This is outside my motel window. There is a hill leading up to a barbedwire fence.

I’ll try to get back home tomorrow. The cargo van is almost too light to get good traction, so I will have to think about leaving. Hunger may be the deciding factor. Nothing is open around here.

This morning, while having coffee and doughnuts in the lobby, I got to talking to an ex-Navy Tin Can sailor from Texas who served at the same time as me. He has a 4 wheel drive F250 truck and offered to take me with him and his wife when they go out for dinner tonight. He is my new best friend.

But let me tell you peeps something, being stuck in a motel alone with no place to go sucks big time. And cold…it’s so cold here that the flashers are showing pictures of themselves.

TTYL

13 comments:

Secretia said...

Watch out in all that slippery mess!

Beth said...

You poor Southern boy. Shall I overnight some Waffle House goodness your way?

Golden To Silver Val said...

Its gotta be really hard on those people who are just not used to this sort of weather....let alone DRIVING in it. We're used to it up here but I still hate it and if I were financially able, I would move south in a heartbeat...just to never see snow again. In all fairness though...this is a horrible storm and....up here as much as we're used to it...we would be having much of the same troubles. I can't believe our luck this time though...it went south of us...missed us completely. YES!
Being stranded sucks no matter what...be careful getting back home.

Matty said...

At least you have internet and blogging.

Christine said...

NO W.H.??? That is just inhumane. I hope you make it safey through this atrocity.

gayle said...

Be very careful and have a safe trip home!!

Kanani said...

I was thinking about you today. I'm glad you're in a motel, and that you have internet! Yahoo!

Be careful tomorrow. Hope everything goes okay. -Kanani

Joy Des Jardins said...

Hi John...

It's Joy...remember me? I'm Val's friend, the one with the problem getting the award on her side bar. Oh never mind that. I finally decide to come visit you, and look...your snowed in! Good God! What a mess. We're pretty use to sights like that here in the midwest; but I don't much enjoy them anymore. I commiserate John. Stay warm...and safe. I hope you get home soon...I'll be sending good vibes your way. Good Luck. I'll be back to see the update. Be careful traveling... Best, Joy

powdergirl said...

Good lord, man. I live in Canada, and I don't live in shit like that all year round. In fact, this year, we've got clean, dry roads and have to drive high and far to get to the snow.

Go figure.

Ace said...

Yep...looks like home. Hope you were able to get back on the road today.

Tracie said...

I was wondering if you were going to get stuck somewhere. This will make you appreciate your wife even more when you get home.

Stay safe and keep us updated.

~J said...

I love the southwest. :) ...and there's a Texas Roadhouse right down the street juuusst in case I start missin' that Lone Star State.

Damn yankee stuff... I don't miss it. haha....
build us a snowman...eating a waffle.
-J

MsPsycho said...

Beautiful pictures, but I'm so sick of all this cold weather and snow....bring on SPRING and the flowers!