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…?