Monday, January 31, 2005

a simple drive in a storm

Driving South to North in this winter storm this weekend I was struck by the differences just a couple hours can make.


Road crews in Maryland ‘battle’ 2 inches of winter mix vs. roads so clear in Pennsylvania you feel like you’re driving in a Currier & Ives print.


Just a couple degrees in temperature make that much difference in what falls. Local government experience and budgeted resources determine response. Driving skills do matter; spin outs and abandoned cars decrease as you drive north.


Even in winter storms flat tires happen. AAA sucks. Regardless of weather or geography good friends matter. … and thank goodness Patti was safe in a care facility (a year earlier she would have been probably confused, alone and unattended almost 10 hrs longer than planned) … a simple drive in a storm would have resulted in a debacle instead of an adventure.

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