Sunday, February 13, 2011

Severe Winter Weather Warning. Coquihalla Hwy. (personal)

We woke up late.
Set the alarms for 6 am and they never went off.
Woke up to the reminder at 7.20 to put the hitch on the Truck...
"Why does it say 7.20 on my alarm clock?" I said out loud and jumped out of bed. Jordan wasn't close to follow.

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We kinda threw everything together and booked it out of the house.
Threw maggie and Jocelynn in the back and took off to Drop off Jocelynn at her grandparents house. Then headed to Meritt.
Weather? GREAT! At 10am the Coquihalla was clear, bare and just a little salty. Snow was on the banks but nothing crazy.

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At the Summit big banks but still clear Roads.
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Blew through into Meritt and an hour and half drive up to the Ranch where this 'oh my god, amazing beautiful trailer was sitting waiting for us'...
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We got to Ranch and decided we needed to bring that beauty home. So we headed abck into Merritt to go to ICBC with the pervious owner. We waited for a good while. {smallest ICBC EVER, man I feel like a city folk} Anway, transfered the trailer and this is basically how we looked coming off the gravel roads for an hour and bit of driving out from the Ranch. Out front of ICBC.

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We headed back Home.
The Amber lights were flashing "when amber flashes sever winter weather ahead" The temperate dropped from 8 degrees to 1. We headed into sleat and snow. Only to slowly start to conquer the Coquihalla when the snow started.

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It had gone from clear roads to snowy, dangerous roads. I've never been on such dangerous roads. As we climbed the mountains it only got worse.
We found a spun out truck and trailer. Jordan stopped to see if they were okay, the driver had spun out his truck by speeding and had smashed his head into his window, barely concious. 3 other people in the truck were fine. I was told to stay in the truck, as I slowly started to freak out. Litterally 2 feet of snow had built up in a 10 minute span.
An off duty paramedic came. No ambulance but all we could do was leave it to the paramedic and continue on before the worst hit.
Jordan felt bad he couldn't help them more but we just couldn't move someone with a potenial neck injury. Leaving him with a paramedic was best.
So here we had the trailer.... Jordan got in our Truck. A bank of snow had built up quickly, Jordan steered out of the snow and finally we got out of the quickly consuming bank of snow.

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We crawled the entire Coquihalla highway Summit at a bare 20 km. The hills were slippery and the truck was in 4x4 the entire time.
We saw more than half a dozen semi's jack kneifed or off in ditches! These are semi's!!
We witnessed a semi who had crushed a mini van under it's tons of weight!
Traffic on coming was turned around. We were the last truck to make it through the summit without being turned around. At some points we thought we'd have to sleep the night on the summit, to wait out the snow storm and continue on when the snow plows came through in the morning to clear a path.
Luckily we made it. 100km at a creeping 20km.
So glad we got out safe and that Jordan is such a good driver!!!!!!!
When we started to slip he gained back control of the vehicle. What a trip for our first Long Haul with a Trailer!!

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Snow flakes the size of Golfballs! Here we're just getting out of the snow storm!

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Safety. The Lower Mainland, you have no idea how happy I was too see clear roads!

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If you're going to be traveling the Coquihalla make sure you travel in the morning. 10am ish. Usually the snow plows have taken care of the mess however, the weather on the Coquihalla is so unpredicatable and dangerous, take caution. I saw too many people in ditches today, too many flashing lights and too many hurt people!! You're life is never worth any amount of time you can save by speeding! Bless those people in the mini van! I can't imagine!

xoxo
-bella

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