Monday, 19 March 2018

If We Get Over Haldon......

We left Red Mel's apartment in Bristol early yesterday.  Not quite as soon as I liked as no-one else seemed to appreciate the urgency of my mission to get home before the worst of the snow.  Louis dithered in the bathroom whilst I popped out for emergency supplies from the local convenience store.  I was already carrying blankets.   Finally, with the bikes on the back of the car we set off.  I refuelled on the way out of Bristol.  If we were going to be stuck anyway at least I'd have enough petrol to keep the engine on so we could be warm.

Driving on the motorway was okay but the snow came down heavily as we were passing Exeter.  Haldon Hill is a high point around here.  A notorious place where people routinely get stranded in snow. Once over that I knew that we'd stand a good chance of getting home.  Or at least to a mate's house in Newton Abbot.  Our worst case scenario wasn't terrible either.  At least we had prawn sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies and Melton Mowbray pork pies!


The usual two and three lane highway was reduced to this.  Pretty but hairy.  I drove slowly, in first gear a lot of the way.  At one stage my leg started shaking with fear but I'm not sure why I was getting the collywobbles.  There was no way I was going to crash at the speed that I was going with not another car in sight.  Finally we made it down the hill.  It was then another ninety minutes before we got around the ring road and home to Brixham passing vehicles that had been abandoned in earlier flurries.  A normal two hour journey took four and a half.


Louis' school has called a snow day.  I'm not going anywhere and am delighted to have an impromptu admin day to catch up.  I've had enough driving bravery/stupidity for one week!

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  1. Looking at the footage of Haldon Hill on the news this morning, you were very lucky to get home! Have a lovely catch up day.

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    1. We were lucky. I may have been in the last ones through. They'd closed the road on the other side. xx

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  2. Goad you are home safely after a scary journey. Enjoy your snow day with no need to take the car out. We are enjoying a wonderful spring day which is very welcome. Catriona

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    1. I worked from home yesterday. No driving. It was bliss (apart from the work!) xx

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  3. Our son travelled home from Bristol way to Torbay yesterday, but instead of risking Telegraph Hall (Haldon) he went via the coast road and made it home, but only just he said. We've not experienced snow like this in the Bay for many a long year, have we!
    Margaret P

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    1. I never think of using the coast road. Will bear that in mind if I ever have to do anything like this again. xx

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  4. That was an adventure to remember! I daren't even walk the dogs yesterday the paths were so icy.Hope you had a homemade tipple on your safe return x

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    1. Just tea. I'd tippled enough with Red Mel in Bristol. xx

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  5. Glad to know that you got home safely. xx

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