What does any insane person do when all flights to Hartford are cancelled because of a huge snowstorm? You drive.
When I got the text from the airline yesterday saying my flight was cancelled, and the next flight to Hartford was also canned, I asked the agent what I could do. I was told I could maybe…”maybe” catch a flight to Philly late in the afternoon and “maybe” connect to Hartford. I knew the morning flights the next day would also be cancelled, so I decided to hit the highway to avoid being stranded in an airport until Thursday. There was no snow falling yet in the Midwest or Connecticut, yet the flight was nixed anyway.
I had to miss the newscasts last night and I really missed my family so off I was on my 6 state tour.
Thanks to Connie at National Car Rental who gave me her last available car. Alamo, Budget, Avis, Hertz, and Thrifty were all sold out.
In all I spent 14 1/2 hours in a car from Kara’s hometown of Detroit to Hartford. Flurries in Michigan, heavy snow in Cleveland, and Erie, PA and all through New York State. Around 11PM as I passed through the Albany area it was perfectly dry: no snow was falling and none had. That lasted about 20 minutes then it started to really fall. My cell phone was dying and didn’t have a car charger. I did eventually get one at the gas station.
I hadn’t made the Michigan to New England drive since I lived in the Great Lakes state in the early 1990s.
It was very heavy on the Mass Pike, and I could only go 40M PH all the way to the capital city. After dropping off the rental at Bradley and getting my car I was home at 1:55AM.
Kudos to my rental Ford Fusion which was excellent in the snow. Didn’t skid once.
By the way, I got the well deserved “I told you so” from Kara, who told me to catch a flight on Monday rather than Tuesday because of the snow. I did get the last laugh because Kara had to cover the 11PM news in my absence. Hee hee.
I was in Detroit Monday for the auto show. More from my trip later. See you tonight on Eyewitness News.
Also read about one of my favorite cars: https://dennishouse.tv/2012/09/12/end-of-the-road-for-the-master-of-the-road/