I wish I would have thought to take a picture of my truck, sideways across the road, but I didn't.
I admit I've been a bit cocky lately about how well this winter's been going. I was just being thankful this morning that, except for a bitter cold December (actually December only seemed to be bitter cold - it didn't really go below zero at all). Anyway, except for a cold December, January's been pretty warm. Night-time temperatures have been in the upper teens and twenties for the last week or so, which is about 10 degrees above normal. Because it's been so warm, I've been thinking that maybe I could consider driving the car instead of the truck. Heck, I've even left the parka at home for the last few days!
It turns out that because it's been so warm, just a little below freezing for the last few days, that stuff is melting and freezing. How did I find out?
Well, I, being cocky and considering driving the car, decided to try and take the hill from the mailbox to my house in 2-wheel drive. I didn't get far before I realized I should be in 4-wheel drive, but I had to stop to switch into 4WD. Except that I was on a hill which I later found out, along with several of my neighbors, is a solid sheet of ice under some snow. I couldn't get purchase, and slid about half a football field back down the hill, ending up sideways across the road and THANKFULLY, not in either of the ditches.
I didn't feel comfortable trying to get righted, so I walked to a neighbors house, they called another neighbor, and a third neighbor came driving up behind me. The third neighbor is good at this sort of thing, so he just drove the truck to a good place (and a good direction) and gave the wheel back to me. With knuckles seriously whitened, I gave the rest of the hill my best effort and ... made it up.
Have I mentioned lately how lucky I am? Yes? Oh. This could have turned out SO much worse. What I learned today is that having a big heavy truck and 4-wheel drive isn't really enough. I should have better winter tires. See how much better next winter is going to be? Oh - and thankfully I brought my work laptop home with me. I think I'll be working from home tomorrow.
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