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Detour!Fail and Stress

on October 12, 2011
Lewis and Clark Bridge

Lewis and Clark Bridge, Mt. St. Helens in the background.

There was a major accident in my county, which closed the highway (news report is here).  Eventually the detour was closed due to several accidents as well.  I could have made my way to work, but I had two options for a detour:  33 extra miles or 43 extra miles.  After driving in circles (took me that much to realize the detour was closed due to accidents) I nearly had a breakdown trying to figure out what to do and where to go.  The 33 extra mile detour (making my entire trip 73 miles) was literally over-the-river and through-the-woods on a two lane mountain road that would have eventually dropped me off at the foot of the Coast Range.  The other option (made by a co-worker) was to drive the opposite direction to Rainier, take the Lewis and Clark bridge into Longview, WA and head down I-5.  That would have been a grand total of 83 miles.

I am taking an impromptu vacation day, at the suggestion of my boss.

Its not that I didn’t try to get there…I actually was on the Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy and had driven about two miles when I saw the back-up of traffic.

I was never so happy to come home in my life.  Once I was headed in the direction of home the release of all that stress that had piled on me as I was counting down minutes and planning furiously how to get into town had left me absolutely exhausted.  Even though I left the house nearly three hours before I had to be at work,  there was no traveling East out of Columbia County in a timely manner.

I don’t know of the status of the victims of the original accident.  I really hope everyone is all right.  There I was, concerned about being late for work and some poor woman was laying in the center median in the middle of a four-lane highway after being thrown from her car.

And my problems are…?

 

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