Post # 1
My husband and I just got back from vacation with my family last night.. which luckily was a fantastic time! The not-so-fantastic part was the drive to and from the beach (we went to OBX, no convenient airport there!). To put it mildly, it was totally hellish.
The way down wasn’t too bad. We did get stuck for about 45 min due to an accident, and we had some gps issues… but otherwise was ok. The way back was a different story.
First we got stuck on a bridge because there was an accident ahead of us that closed the entire highway down. It was the kind of stuck where everyone just got out of their cars bc we knew we were going to be there a while– in all just over 1.5 hrs. Then we got hit with TERRIBLE weather in the mountains of WV (that storm that blew through the midwest last night). And then we had to drive through the aftermath of the storm that included the bridge to Ohio being CLOSED, having to find another bridge, dodge downed trees and huge trucks/wreckers/firetrucks going the other way on a 1 way road… basically… horrible.
The only other time we went on a road trip something similar happened to a lesser extent. Way down was okay, but the way back we got delayed by several hours by terrible terrible weather.
So I guess my question is…. we are 0 for 2. Is this normal? Or do we have terrible luck? Should we just EXPECT that on any long road trip (I’d classify long as over 8 hours) we’ll get stuck for a few hours by either traffic (accident or construction) or weather? Or is this really not as common as it would seem?
We are honestly debating just being DONE with driving at this point. As in, if we can’t fly there and it is more than 4-6 hours away– we aren’t going. Period. I just can’t handle the getting stuck in the car anymore!!
Post # 3
Unfortunately in NYC, there’s really never a good time or place to drive, so I’d say we expect it!
Post # 4
I call my travel my karma payment plan 🙂
Post # 5
My family lives 6/7 hours away, so I make the roundtrip about every 6 weeks (8x/year maybe). I usually hit traffic or weather maybe twice, usually around holiday weekends like Thanksgiving.
I think your best bet is to avoid heavy travel days like the sunday after thanksgiving, use the internet to check weather and traffic. Try to avoid bridges that can get backed up. Bring entertainment like books on tape.
I am actually more scared to fly because my last two flights back to cleveland were cancelled which was a huge PITA!
Post # 6
Yikes! I live in California and don’t really have crazy weather issues. IF I did, I’d prolly stay at a hotel til the weather subsided. I’m one of those “don’t like to drive in rain” types!
Post # 7
@cbee: lol cute
@kerensa: We definitely do I think. This trip we actually left a day late from home and a day early from the beach to avoid traveling on Saturdays which are move in/move out day at the beach and hopefully less traffic. But sometimes there are things you just can’t avoid– especially bridges because you’ve GOT to get across whatever you’re trying to cross and there is generally only 1-2 options. But I agree– flying sucks too! Our last vacation we flew to vegas and had all kinds of issues getting home due to hurricane irene stopping all flights. Our first flight was coming in from jersey and was 4 hours late, which means we missed our second flight, then there were no other flights we could get. thank god our connection actually happened to be in cleveland (and we live in cincy) so we were only 3 hours from home and just got a car and drove. After that I swore I’d just drive wherever I wanted to go. But now I’m like well shit… that is no better and at least the airport has a bathroom when I get stuck there! haha
@Angelz_love: we would have stopped if we could have! We were in a rural area up in the mountains 🙁
Post # 8
Unfortunately, it is kind of par for the course. At least the traffic and wrecks and delays part. Especially when going to/from popuar areas like beaches and/or travelling on weekends and holidays.
Sorry it sounds like you had a hell-ish trip back though. Bad weather on road trips is never fun.
Post # 9
@CorgiTales: Oh man! That sounds awful! I LOVE road trips, and so does my fiance, but we have had some crazy experiences ourselves. My fiance is a New Yorker, born and raised, so he didn’t get his license til his early 20’s, and neither of us have a car here. We rented one for our big road trip last year, and I couldn’t drive for the first part of it because my license had expired and I needed to get to Michigan to renew it. The weather was gorgeous until Ohio, when all of a sudden the skies turned black and opened up. My fiance had never even driven in the rain before, so the monsoon-like conditions were intense. It just kept geting worse and worse, and we couldn’t even see the sides of the highway to pull off, so we just kept going. We saw cars hydroplane off the road around us, but my fiance managed to keep us on the road. The sky then got that weird greenish tint, and I knew there was probably a tornado, but I was scared telling Nigel that would freak him out too much. After about an hour and a half of harrowing driving, we crossed the state line into Michigan, and I swear the clouds broke and the sun came out. Sure enough, we drove right through the path of a tornado! It was so scary, but mostly I was just proud of my fiance for handling it so well 🙂