My New Year's resolution this year was to focus on my journey, not the destination. However, Thursday morning I was sorely tested. It snowed in the wee hours of Thursday and we had maybe an inch or so of accumulation on the roads. I had heard the forecast and thought I should leave early to make it to work on time. I left over a half an hour earlier than usual thinking I would not be late.
First fail was one of the highways I take to work was closed, as in no access, only surface roads for me. I skipped two of my three interstates going for highway 64. Second fail, after two minutes on 64 everything stopped, and I do mean stopped. It ended up taking me an hour to go probably 3 miles, making me exit with concern for my battery on the car dying. I would like to say I took that hour to listen to music, talk to a love one on the phone, or contemplate the meaning of life. Oh no, I spent the time freaking out about being late, obsessively checking the bars on my hybrid battery, and wishing I had something other than John Lennon's Mind Games in the CD player. I was down to one bar of energy when I finally was out of that concrete hell.
I thought once I was off the highway to try another surface street. This plan seemed to be working, than I hit my third failure. I was in the wrong lane and had to make an unfortunate left turn. My car was wanting me to just go home and temptation was hard to overcome, but I got myself back on the westerly route to work.
Forth fail, I had spent so much time in my car that I had to find a restroom. I skipped the White Castle because I did not want to smell like a belly bomber all day. This decision was a bad one, there was nothing on the right side of my car for many, many, many minutes. After an eternity in bladder holding agony, I stopped at a McDonalds and relieved myself.
I finally arrived at my destination 2 and a half hours after I had left my home, 5 times my normal commute. I was emotionally and physically fried. Failed on resolution. Lesson learned, next time call in late and enjoy a cup of tea before braving the elements.