My experience with Leon

So, this may or may not be the only text blog I post ( I do post comments with the photos so take a look at those :-)), On Tuesday the 28th, I got caught in Leon.  Now I’m from New Jersey – and have to tell you that 2 inches, 3 or even 4 wouldn’t make anyone bat an eyelash in Jersey.   So when they told me it was snowing in Acworth, I was like – so what – am I supposed to go running around like a lunatic – now I know the answer to that is YES.  The state of Georgia simply CANNOT handle snow!

So I left mid-town Atlanta at noon.   Route 75 was three blocks away from my office.  At about the hour mark – I was seriously considering turning around and staying in the city.   But I thought to myself, self I said … this has to clear up when it hits the highway – there just can’t be an issue with 2 inches of snow.

WRONG again …., I basically got onto 75 on exit 249.  At about 7pm (7 hours later) I had gone just about 10 miles.   I had successfully gone up at least 4 hills where I pretty much had to aim directly at other cars to get my truck out of a stuck position.  The last hill I tried to get up – was the Akers Mills Road exit in the FUBAR’d area of exit 258/259.  My poor 15 year old, rear-wheel drive, no weight in the back, manual transmission truck – — just couldn’t do it.

A gentleman came up behind me and attempted to get it up the hill.  When that didn’t work – magically – there was a police officer behind me.  That office took me to the nearest hotel.  That was the end of that part of the journey.

The hotel was the Embassy suites and I cannot say enough good things about how they handled the onslaught of people coming into their hotel.  I couldn’t get a room (neither could 25-40 of my closest highway friends)… However, they gave us blankets and pillows and allowed us access to their evening buffet and breakfast buffet which is normally reserved for guests only.   I couldn’t sleep at all – and basically was up from 5 a.m on Tuesday morning until 8 p.m Wednesday night.   The only reason I made it home Wednesday night is that a NJ friend saw my facebook post and called all around Georgia until she found a taxi service that could get me home Wednesday.  Now bear in mind the whole time I’m worried – not for myself cause I’m safe and sound, but for my kitties at home (they were fine).   That same taxi service got me back to my car on Thursday thus ending my 1st experience with Georgia snow fall.

I have learned MANY lessons; I need emergency planning for care of my pets; need to have some emergency stuff in my car but — most of ALL, if they ever predict snow in a 75 mile radius of where I live – I am taking a vacation day!

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