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Old 01-23-2016, 08:40 AM   #1
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Cool Winter Trip delayed due to Winter

Geared up for a 6 week winter trip and planning to leave KY home on Monday. The big storm hit us with 1/4" of Ice and over 12" of snow along with wind and drifting. First chore was to power up the chainsaw to clear 6 trees that had fallen on our 150 yard [down hill] drive. Tv's were DOA due to ice on the dish and its high on a roof ridge so unable to clear it. Will get back to that later today if the sun comes out which is doubtful. Around 6 last nite the power went down for an hour or so. Powered up the H2000 and lit the wood stove just in time for it to come back on. Next task is to clear all the snow and drifts up to 3 feet from the driveway up to the road. First have to move 2 vehicles to get them out of harms way [ask me how I know] before bringing out the tractor w/ blade. This AM found 2 more trees blocking the drive so back out comes the chainsaw.

White Hawk is all white. Had the slides open for packing and now they have a foot of snow on top. Will carefully push the snow off the slides to relieve the weight and hopefully it will allow the sun to dry them. Door frozen shut so a little heat gun carefully applied to melt the lock and get it opened. Snow is over the 2nd step and the tongue is completely buried in a drift. At least I have tv in the TT since I was able to clear the ice on the dish out back.

Winter had been extremely mild here up to this point. This was a real kick in the teeth for the locals who aren't use to this kind of Snow. Coming from Indiana it's not my first rodeo but certainly this one was untimely. Hoping now to head out on Wed if we get enough sun / warm temp to melt off the drive. Sure glad to be home rather than 150 miles south somewhere between Nashville and Natchez. Have to remember to dig out all the stuff I staged under the TT waiting to be packed in the back of the truck that is now buried in the snow.
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Hopefully you'll dig out, the weather will ease up, and you'll be on your way with just a memory of the January snow of 2016.
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I feel your pain. We have had to cancel several trips at the last minute due to my mil falling and breaking a femur.
One day we were going off to Myrtle Beach for a week and leaving right after church. FIL and MIL were ahead of us in their car and headed home and they got in a car wreck (not their fault). Had to cancel that one also.
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I am just glad we do not have to contend with these issues down here. Just hurricanes.

But, I feel your pain. My TT is ready but the weather is getting in the way to pick it up in Indiana (Jayco factory).

Glad to see you are addressing the issues and taking precautions.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:09 AM   #6
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I understand, we were supposed to leave this morning for Florida. I cleaned all the snow off the roof yesterday so it wouldn't fall onto the slide while we were loading.
Our snow wasn't all that bad, but I have to get on I 24 just south of here and go to Paducah, KY, about 45 miles away, then to Nashville and on down to Atlanta.
It's all ice in Paducah, and from Paducah to Nashville, and then south of Nashville I read a semi jack knifed this morning and was blocking southbound I 24.
Thought about taking I 55 down to Memphis and going that way but Memphis reports ice on roads there also.

Original plan was to leave today and stop at Valdosta GA and spend tonight and tomorrow night, then roll into Florida to my campsite Monday morning. I wanted to rest a day.
New plan is hopefully leaving in the morning. My camp reservation in Moore Haven, Florida starts Monday afternoon.
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We're scheduled to head south to Florida this coming Thursday. The weather window then is looking ok. That also depends upon whether everything is dug out, but that *should* be no problem by Thursday.

As you said, at least a delay at home is better than being stuck on an interstate in the middle of nowhere.

I trust that you'll dig out and be on your way soon. Safe travels.

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Sucks to hear about the delay. Wish there was a way to send those storms back up here to Alaska where they belong. I only have about an inch of snow on my yard where usually during this time of year there is 18 to 24 inches. I normally have to cut through the snow berms on the roadside out at the back of my lot to back in and pull my utility trailer out in order to take my sled (Arctic Cat Snow Machine) out to play. Currently there is no berm.
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Geared up for a 6 week winter trip and planning to leave KY home on Monday. The big storm hit us with 1/4" of Ice and over 12" of snow along with wind and drifting.
That sucks. We're not that far north of you and didn't get a flake. Kind of an unusual storm track this time. Be safe when you do get out.
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Today was a filled with getting thing stuck and then unstuck only to get them stuck again. Friend who came over to help get my truck out bounced off a tree when he left going up my drive. My tractor I was using to clear the drive slipped off the gravel and is now about 25 feet down a hill. No way to pull it out with all the snow and ice. My 2500HD got pulled out and away from the tree it has slid into and is now stuck again in the middle of my front parking area. Dish go iced over and is still out so no tv yesterday or tonight. Cleared several trees yesterday and an equal # down today from the weight of the snow and ice. That mess will wait until Spring but as of tonight all the trees are cleared from the drive.

Warmer weather predicted early next week so maybe this will melt by next weekend. No way to pull the TT from out back when you can't even move a 4x4 in a flat parking lot. Good news is we're retired and we have no schedule and no reservations. We'll get somewhere when we get there eventually.
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