After an invigorating singing session, followed by a coffee with friends, I returned to my car to find that it was snowing fairly heavily. The snow was sticking to everything.
|The view from inside my car.|
Because the temperature was just at the freezing point, the falling snow compacted on roadways, and compacted snow became ice.
I slowly puttered about town on a few errands.
All the while, the weather worsened, and the roads became more treacherous. Traffic was at a crawl, wherever I went. It was easy to take these pictures, as most of the time I was at a dead stop.
|Look closely at the road in front of my car. |
That is ice.
I had promised to pick up my daughter, at 5 o'clock at her work in Bedford. I left downtown at 4 p.m., giving myself an hour to make a trip that usually takes 10 minutes. I soon found the traffic was stop and go.
Actually, it was more like stop and stop traffic. We would sit for 2-3 minutes, then move two car lengths, then sit for 2-3 minutes.
The following photos were taken while I was travelling at around 5 kph. Much of the time, my speedometer didn't even register that the car was moving!
Isn't the shiny, black ice pretty ?
In the end it took me almost two freakin' hours to cover around 12 km. !
I kid you not !
Once I reach Bedford, we had to turn around and head 25 km. back home, to Eastern Passage.
That half hour drive took well over an hour.
All told, I had spent OVER three hours, travelling about 35 km !
Pretty much the worst drive of my life.
Glad to be home, in my jim jams, and ready for bed.