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And we are home. Pulled in at 4:45 but took the time to unload the car and unpack first so we didn't have to do that later on. I have never, and I mean NEVER, in 65 years on this planet and all the traveling we've done, been so totally terrified in my life. My rosary broke, and I'm not kidding! It's normally about 3.5 hours between Sheridan and Wheatland, at 70 mph, less time now that the speed limit is 80 almost all the way down. It took us over 5 just to get between them. When we got into the house Ken said he was going to toss his undies in the wash. I opted to burn mine.
To give you an idea, this is the breakdown using 70 mph as average speed (it's now 80 on the interstate, but I wasn't watching the clock that closely.)
Wheatland to Casper - 1.5 hours
Casper to Sheridan - 2 hours
Wheatland to Casper - 3.5 hours
Casper to Sheridan - 2 hours
Those times are just estimated, of course...I was worried about other things besides the clock. The entire route from Wheatland to Glenrock, which is about 86 miles, we had sheet ice in both lanes..the passing lane and the driving lane. Then from Glenrock to Casper we had intermittent patches of pavement. The interstate has long but relatively steep grades and areas with lots of curves spaced rather closely. And of course the 18 wheelers were trying to make up lost time, so they'd whip around us and stir up the snow in the ditches and blind us. It was the worst drive of my entire life. My job was to watch the rear view and side mirrors for traffic coming up behind us and let Ken know what it was and how far back, and whether it looked like the other vehicle was going to try to pass. That way Ken could just focus on the road. From Casper to Sheridan it wasn't bad at all, but neither of us could relax by them. We stopped about 12:30 and had lunch, but we could barely get it down, we were so tied up in knots. At that point we had a decision to make. Do we go over the Big Horns and home, or do we add hours to the trip by going up to Billings and circling back down. We opted for Billings. We didn't know what the road conditions were like up on top, and we'd both had enough of snow and ice to last us a lifetime and beyond.
See the little dark areas? Those are NOT just ice.....they are the bare pavement with a skim of thin ice on top.
It was like this for over 80 knuckle-biting miles. There's a reason we call WyDot snowplows "Zambonis" in this state - after they pass you can hold figure skating competitions on what they leave behind, they polish it that nicely.
But all's well that ends well, I guess. It'll take us a couple of days to recover from this one, that's for sure. Thanks for the prayers and the chislic! Never thought I'd say this, but is it okay if I don't eat the chislic right away? My light lunch is still sitting like a rock.
I reckon you and hubby deserve a liquid breakfast, lunch and dinner after that
Blooie, so glad y'all got home safe and sound. Hope you never do anything like that again.
I do know how you felt, we once made a necessary trip from Macon to Asheville, NC in a sleet storm. The last stretch was solid ice - rearview mirrors were ice cycles, wiper blades were frozen, cars were scattered thru the woods without access for rescue. Interstate travel at less than 5 miles an hour and I was praying the whole time and wishing we had blankets and supplies with us, just in case we ended up with those folks. So thankful to have reached that destination and swore I would never do that again, ever.
And I want to give @Blooie this basket of chislic I've been holding for her! Looks like breakfast to me
Got a couple pictures before the rain starts today:
The Azalea's are blooming! We divided a huge over-grown mess of these in fall 2013 and they are finally starting to bloom, yay!
Duck HQ update. Other than some trimming and securing in a few spots, DH has the fencing up: