It all began last Wednesday when I was going to leave for Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan. See, I love road trips and especially when I have some great music, nice weather and snacks. Well, I did have my bestfriends IPOD that has the best playlist ever, plenty of gummy worms and sour jacks, but what I didn’t have on my side was the weather. I spoke to Brook around 2PM on Wednesday and I informed her that I was going to leave around 3-4. Brook informed me that I should leave soon because she heard there was bad weather. I looked on-line and it looked fine so I didn’t worry. One hour later…I found myself on the skyway to Indiana going about 12 miles an hour. This picture is at the very beginning when I could still see out my windshield.
Around 7PM I realized I should only be an hour away but I was still 3 1/2 hours from Ferris. My windshield spray had completely frozen and it was snowing-I knew I was in a blizzard. I wanted to exit but at each exit I saw cars in ditches and sliding off the road so I had no choice but to keep going. I realized it was bad when I was the only car on the road for atleast 45 minutes. I pulled off on the side of the road; or atleast I think it was the side I couldn’t tell, and I pulled out my de-icer I found in my car and extra windshield wiper fluid. Picture this…me on the side of the road with tennis shoes (I didn’t wear my boots), a long dress coat, and my glasses had completely smeared with snow. I had the hood up pouring windshield wiper fluid and spraying de-icer all over the sprayers; a little trick I learned from my father.
Well, when I got back into my car…IT WORKED! I had spray going to my windshield and I could see..somewhat. At one point I saw a firetruck at a gas station and the exit looked ok so I took it slow and got off the highway. I asked how long the weather was going to remain and I was informed I was in the middle of the lake effect snow and I only had 20 more miles or so and it would be over. I took this picture while pulled over of the snow on the side of the road. Finally, 6 1/2 hours later I arrived at the beautiful snowy Ferris State.
The following day at the 4 hour career fair I was very fortunate to have David French, HRD at Dearborn and Ted Lorenzi, Director of Engineering at Corporate join me for
the events. To make it all better, they decided to fold my tablecloth for me…Thanks David and Ted!
It was a great trip as always to Ferris State but take it from the experienced; when you are driving to Michigan in the winter leave EARLY and have extra windshield fluid in your car!