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Sep. 3, 2011 7:51 am 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 8:32 am
Sometimes in life there are circumstances that you just can't believe are possible.  I want to pre-empt this blog with an "I'm sorry" if my skewed sense of humor offends any of you good readers.

And so the story goes.....

My dear sister asked me to ride along with her to deposit my niece and two of her teenaged buddies to Hendersonville... " Of course I will" was my response.  Neither of us thinking that this weekend was a holiday weekend... off we go down I-26!

Not even fourty or so miles into our journey... traffic slows... could it be a car accident?  Fourty minutes and just 5 miles later... Yep ... three cars in the median, up aganist the gaurd rail. The five of us said a prayer for all involved and off to the mountain we go.

Up, up and up we go!  Finally we deposit our precious cargo for their fun labor day extravaganza, and a brief time away from our beloved city of Lexington.  The kids are planning to attend the annual Apple Festival and Aunt Terry was promised a bounty of North Carolina apples upon their return!

As my sis and I bid the kids farewell , buckle our seat belts and look forward to just the two of us without the giggling teens at our aft. Awwww... sweet quite and some quality sister bonding!

The trip is proceeding well for the first half of our return... Then... traffic comes to a complete stop!  Janet and I were a little disconcerted by this new developement ( you see we both really had to pee) and were trying to make the neccessary fifteen miles to the next rest area! 

One hour later - same exact place. No movement of traffic!  Two hours have now passed and the cars have not moved an inch.... we definately were not too encouraged that this situation was going to be resolved anytime soon! 

We recieve word from our fellow holiday travelers that a tanker has flipped and is blocking the entire highway and we were looking at four more hours of the life on this beautiful stretch of road, seriously a very pretty highway as far as highways go!  Back to our saga...

Still with our urgent need to figure out how two middle-aged ladies are going to resolve our toileting issue.  We take turns voicing possible scenarios... none of which we didn't fear, that wthout a doubt, would end up on you tube. 

Waiting... waiting... and miracles begin to happen!  Our good friends Mr. highway patrol begins having miles of parked cars to turn around and proceed down the emergency lane back in the direction of which we had come!  Yeah... won't be long now before our now almost dire situation is about to come to an end...

Making it through the detour without a hitch and now traveling down I-385 toward home... we spy a multiple amount of break lights being applied just as our GPS informs us we are just two miles from the next rest area...and sweet relief!  We look at each other then back to the red glow of the multitude of tailights and then back to each other again... "are you kidding me?"  Thirty minutes later and those grueling two miles, we pass what  looks to be an awful accident. For a brief moment our bathroom delima was not a big a deal as it has been for the past four hours...

Our thoughts and prayers do go out to all of the familes touched by travel accidents this holiday... and I hope that you all are aware that my humor is not to deminish the above sentiment in any way! 

...but I do think we need more rest areas in route from Hendersonville to Lexington, ... or at least a few random port-a-johns.

 Be safe everyone and have a great holiday!

Sep. 3, 2011 8:33 am
LOL! Terry, I've been notorious for my tiny bladder since I was a toddler. It seems I ALWAYS have to pee. Just hearing someone say they have to pee triggers the urge in me. Practically growing up at Disneyland, anytime someone asked "Where's the nearest bathroom?" - the answer was "Ask Duffy." Even as I'm writing about it...well, you get the drift. Cycle forward to last summer and a road trip, traffic, etc... Steve pulled over to the side so I could squat by the open car door. I'm here to tell you that, done properly, it IS possible to pee by the side of the road in such a way that one is not camera-visible. Let's just say it involves 2 open car doors.
Sep. 3, 2011 8:54 am
Terry, It never fails when we're traveling... if we get stuck in traffic I have to go. I hope your niece and friends have a great time and you get those great apples!!
Sep. 3, 2011 9:42 am
I feel your pain!!!! Been there and done that!!! Take it from your big Sister it can be done and if you're to affraid by the car woods are usually close by. Terry I can see you doing this but Janet NEVER!!!!!! LOL But, on the serious note, I hope the kids have a great time and you get your apples and that ALL that are TRAVELING this weekend SAFE TRAVELS TO ALL!!! Love you and miss you!!
Sep. 3, 2011 10:43 am
Thanks ladies! I have peed a thousand times today, not taking one time for granted! I know when I'm making those apple pies, turnovers and tarts.. I'll be thinking of my sister and our trip to Hendersonville... never again sis... never again!
Sep. 4, 2011 1:53 pm
LOL! Been there....done that.....on the Pali one night. 8 hours waiting in a line to get through to the westside of the island (where we lived). Luckily, my gf was right behind us in her car. During the night and the unbelievable darkness in the middle of the Pacific, we would take turns. We would duck down between our rear bumper and Hollie's front bumper and relieve ourselves. Stories of Pali backups are legend on Maui :)
Sep. 4, 2011 1:54 pm
BTW it was so dark that we were afraid of trying to find our way to the brush. We could easily have fallen down 50 to 100 foot cliffs into the dark Pacific.
Sep. 4, 2011 3:09 pm
Funny! Funny! mauigirl... Janet and I need to take seperate cars next time! LOL! I'm so glad we are in such good company!
Sep. 4, 2011 6:56 pm
These mishaps make great stories for years don't they?
Sep. 6, 2011 11:21 am
mauigirl - Among my circle of best buds, we call those Kodak Momemts. There was the time my dear, dear friend Carol once told Steve "Wait! Don't touch her! Let me get my camera! I was hanging upside down off the transom of a catamaran at the time, caught by my bathing suit. LOL!
Sep. 8, 2011 8:32 am
lucylove.....trying to picture that!
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I was a working mother of 2 boys! I didn't have much time for cooking... now that the boys are grown and on their own... I have been enjoying learning and appreciating the art of cooking. I started with a day of baking with my mother in law and I was hooked! Not to mention my new stepkids... what was two... now is four! Our family is growing we now have a grandson, Damien, and one on the way! My grandson loves his visits with Gramma and Grampa...We spend quality time in the kitchen snd chronical our visits here on AR!
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