A challenging Christmas drive home. Typically a 3 1/2 hr drive.
We made it home this morning at 2:15 leaving my daughter's at around 8:30 PM in the rain.
Two hours from home, I noticed some slush and ice on the road. I slowed down to 55 mph in the right lane. A few minutes later a car was approaching me from behind and stayed behind me for a minute or two. Not happy with my speed he/she pulled in the left lane and accelerated fairly fast ahead of me. As his tail lights past my headlights, he was facing towards the median ditch at roughly a 45 degree angle. He adjusted as I let up on the accelerator and he did a 360 right in front of us crossing over into our lane and slid sideways on the shoulder on our right as we passed him. We missed the front corner of his car by about a foot. I observed in my rearview mirror he proceed back on to the highway safely. He took the next exit off the highway, I'm assuming to clean his drawers. The key to driving in this crap as most northerners know, is to not panic and make sudden adjustments. I keep my cool as my adrenaline was coursing through my veins.
60 miles further up the road, the rain turned to snow and quite a few cars chose to park in the ditch. I then slowed down to 45 mph.
By the time we got to Two Harbors which is usually a half hour from home, I had everything I could do to keep the car up to 30 mph because there was so much snow on the road. Once we reached our 3 mile logging road, Mary looked at me and said, "well, we can walk from here" but we drove. We made it safely to the front door with quite a struggle.
We entered the house and it was effing cold with a breeze blowing right into the house from a broken window. Started a fire, found some scrap plywood, cut it to the window size and screwed it into place.
An hour from arriving here it's 70 degrees in the house and I'm going to get some sleep.
The up side, we had a great day visiting family and seeing the new grandbaby.