Thursday, August 8, 2013

Driving in KS: Corollas & mud don't mix

Driving conditions can get a little challenging in Kansas at times, and I was lucky enough to experience four unique events within 24 hours. Just thought I'd share them. 

High Water

I went to my Hunters Safety field day Saturday which was way out in the country an hour away from where I live. Parts of my area got up to 5 inches of rain in a short time Friday night (I'll tell that driving story in a moment), so I got halfway there and encountered a sign that said, "Road Closed Due to High Water." 

I sat there for about 2 minutes mulling over my choices. NEVER cross water on a road. That was my first thought. Luckily, I had enough forethought to print maps for 2 different routes, so with a bit of backtracking I was able to get where I was going. 
Wildlife crossing

I was trucking along once I got on my new route when ALL OF A SUDDEN I had to slam on my brakes for what appeared to be four small people crossing the road. Nope, they were just a mother wild turkey and her three babies. But, dang, they're big!

Oh dang, I'm stuck

The Hunters Safety coordinator guy told me an alternate route that was supposed to be better than the Mapquest route due to mud since, as I said above, many areas got huge rain. 

Well... it still wasn't enough for my little 2001 Corolla. I was a mile away from the place when - whoosh - my car just slid to the right and plunked over the edge of the ditch in the middle of nowhere. 


A phone call later and 3 guys with 2 trucks came to rescue me.
Driving in a hail storm

Lastly, I am so grateful for my husband's calm demeanor. He and I and his parents were driving home Friday night from dinner when the storm hit. We had no idea such a fierce storm was expected. To be honest, I don't think anyone did. 

As we drove at 9:30 at night down a deserted pitch black country highway, hail began to pelt our car. It sounded like someone was throwing rocks at the car as hard as they could and I knew, just knew, a window would shatter (but it didn't). My mother in law and I held newspapers between us and the windows just in case, and I heard both of us praying at one point. 

Not only that, it rained so hard my husband literally could not even see the lines on the roadway anymore much less whether anyone was coming in the other lane. We had to pull over at a farm house and wait it out, and let me tell you, he's not a wait-it-out kind of guy. If he pulled over, you know it was bad. Here are a couple of the dents the car had after that drive. 


  1. Having lived in the panhandle of Texas, I understand those weather extremes. Just glad you were safe throughout it all.

    1. Oh my, I guess you would. Probably most people in the Midwest, especially out in country areas. Big cities have them too but the roads are usually in better shape! Yes, we were all okay, thank goodness.

  2. Steph we get these all the time in our mountain home. It was so bad on a trip to the airport that we had to pull into a pine tree and wait it pout, certain it was going to break the windshield. Here you know a local because of the hail damage to windows and dents in the hood. So glad you were able to share your adventures.

    1. Ronnie, I can imagine so! That's a scary feeling when hails pounding you and you have no where to go. Around here, there are lots of hailed-up cars right now.

  3. Oh no!! I had hail hit my car once-grrr! I hate Midwest weather sometimes.

    1. It really is frustrating, but next time I'd rather not be IN THE CAR while the hail is hitting it. Yikes! The Midwest really does keep us on our toes, doesn't it?

  4. We had a hail storm like that not too long ago. Thankfully it wasn't bad enough to hurt anything, and the kids thought it was cool.
    A few months ago, my two youngest boys and I were on our way home after a whirlwind one-day round trip up north where I'm from. We hit the worst rain I'd ever been in. It was clear to zero visibility in 2 seconds. Being on the interstate driving at 70 miles and hour and hitting rain like that is frightening! We did pull over and wait it out. The wind was so fierce while we were waiting, it woke my 5 year old. I'd wondered if we were in the middle of a tornado. Thankfully, it lightened up enough for us to drive right out of it like it had never been there. Crazy midwest weather is right!

    1. Oh no, driving in rain like that is terrible! The freak storms that pop up in the Midwest are just crazy! I'm glad everyone was okay!


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