Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Expect The Unexpected
The right rear wheel is the only one that would engage and it was off the ground just enough to keep from gaining traction. Besides it had to pull the heavy part of the truck backwards out of the ditch. After numerous cell phone calls to get some heavy equipment to pull the truck out or hire a tow truck it was pretty obvious no one was going to respond. I knew my vehicles were not strong enough to pull a crew cab truck out of the ditch with ice on the road. We had been shoveling some of the ice and snow from the rear of the truck and after a few hours of waiting there was nothing left to do but shovel out the rest of the truck. We took turns shoveling which was not easy for a person not used to the altitude. I have a steel choker that is 60 feet long and a two ton come along. We were able to winch the truck just far enough to get it level again where the four wheel drive finally engaged. After that he was out but we had spent most of the day waiting, shoveling,talking and winching.
When you live in the mountains it pays to be aware that conditions can be different even quarter of a mile away. We finally got him shoveled out (some of the hardest shoveling I've done in a while) and he was back on his way. My reward was seeing a relieved and happy face. The good thing was that I got to meet a very nice man and got some needed exercise in the process. A few folks in our community will not lift a finger to help anyone who is not their closest friend. Most others will not leave someone stranded. In my opinion it is the right and neighborly thing to do and I'm glad he got stuck where he did as it would have been much harder and far more dangerous to get him unstuck had he gone on down the road a ways. Living in the mountains you really never know what to expect and a routine day can turn into an adventure in short order. My day really improved in being able to meet a very nice man. Mountain conditions require constant alertness and always being prepared. This incident turned out well but could have very serious had it not happened where it did. Mountain motto - always be prepared.