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post #46 of 50 (permalink) Old 8th February 2009
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It happens to the best of us Bob.

After driving in pretty awful conditions over the last few days,I very nearly got caught out myself today.The roads looked clear,if a little damp and I decided to 'press on' a little..........until I hit a patch of ice on a particularly fast bend......

My groove is still imbedded into the drivers seat..

No damage done and I managed to keep it all pointing in the right direction,but #### me,I very nearly sh1t me self.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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Nice to read you are all having fun in the snow. I wonder what it is going to be like Monday when I head home for the week
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post #48 of 50 (permalink) Old 8th February 2009
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Originally Posted by Mike11 View Post
Nice to read you are all having fun in the snow. I wonder what it is going to be like Monday when I head home for the week
Fun is the word. I spent a few days deliberately finding the worst icy / snowy roads to drive down to make sure they were safe (or not) for my trucks to get down. The worst was on a flat road no accelerator or braking, just rolling over a speed bump in 1st under tickover and the whole thing just slid
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seen my fair share of invincebles during the week.worst on thurs,the m1 between a50 and cathorpe a14 was down to 2 lanes.a minibus carrying workers had to have been travelling at least between 70-80 in the 3rd lane which had about 2" of snow on it,like bob i was also going to northhampton.(brackmills ind estate) the a14 was closed,the diversion for the a14 is the a45.also closed,chaos.a journey that normally takes 3 1/2 hours took 5hrs 20 mins.


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I ended up on the A4500 on Thursday, 5th on my way over to Rushden from Northampton way. Man was that fun I kept going and going, thinking "well at least there are no hills" Spoke too soon as a whopper came into view. I saw the cars ahead bunch up and slow right down so I knew they were spinning out. So I motoered up the hill past them only to be confronted by the road blocked by two lorries stuck at the traffic lights unable to move. I had to stop but unfortunately couldn't get going again. Then an (at the time so I thought) idiot in one of the cars flew pat me on the wrong side of the road up the hill. The down hill part had two tarmac looking black lines running down it, the chap obviously knew he had traction there and went for it. I did a as it was a blind crest on the hill and a car coming the opther way, even slowly would never have stopped safely. I then noticed a gent in a Land Rover drive up to the taffic lights, got out, put a hi-viz on and waved at me to drive up the wrong side of the road. I managed to reverse down the hill a bit to get into the clear tracks and up I went. The kindly Landy bloke had stopped oncoming traffic to allow me and the other few cars to get past safely - god bless that man

As 5th mentions the A14 and A45 were closed, I ended up heading for Liecester up through Market Harborough, unfortunately I was stuck beind a sim,ilar stuck lorry situation on a duel carriageway that took iover an hour to get past alone, a good 2 miles of it In the end Rushden to Liecester took 3 1/2 hours, and the place in Liecester I was heading to was shut. Nice.

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