Feb. 12th, 2010

ewein2412: (snow)
we had an EVENTFUL trip. You could say we were "impacted" by snow.

We were the first plane out of Edinburgh into newark after the snow--arrived half an hour early at Newark, picked up our rental car and got out of newark with no trouble at all, the roads were completely clear, a beautiful day--temp. in the 40s F (about 6 C), sun shining. On the Delaware River bridge between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Pennsylania Turnpike a huge chunk of snow and ice fell off the steel girder bridge and smashed our windscreen! We pulled over at the toll plaza and sat there for 1) half an hour waiting for a state cop to come file an official Accident Report, 2) another 40 minutes on the phone (mostly on hold) with Hertz trying to find us a tow truck who would venture onto this no-man's land of highway between the 2 turnpikes (it is called the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway), and 3) waiting another 40 minutes for Hertz to give the tow truck its official authorization to take us away. Then the tow truck drove us to Philadelphia to 1) deliver the dead car to the snowcovered graveyard of dead Hertz rental cars... they all wear little plastic hats (like lampshades) in different colors denoting the nature of their damage (ours had a green and a black hat, for glass and roof damage), 2) to deliver us to Philadelphia Airport to get a new car.

Up the Blue Route, a quick stop at Peter J Camiel service area on the PA tpke to feed weasels who had not eaten since sara threw up on the plane 7 hours earlier, and on to gretna. Got here about 7.30 p.m. having arrived at Newark at 11.30 a.m.

No one hurt! full insurance coverage on rental--and Mr. Chapman who lives behind gramma had dug me out a parking space with his snow blower. (I was upgraded to a "full size" at PHL, there are no SUVs anywhere). There is about 2 1/2 feet of snow here I think but it is melting--the icicles on the house next door are about 5 feet long, really amazing! we have some too. I will take pics.

Mr. Chapman has also said I can use his wife's skis!

hope I don't have any more excitement like this.




smashed windshield from driver's seat




and the view from the passenger seat



from the outside!

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