Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Road Trip Gone Bad!! Or Tangling with Road Debris.

Yesterday was an adventure.  Aren't true adventures encountering the unanticipated? The plan was to drive to Oberlin yesterday afternoon and have dinner with our daughter Lisa at Lorenzo's.  From there on to the Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic where Thursday I have preliminaries to an ablation on Friday. Check out Saturday morning, hopefully.

Well, that didn't happen. Going well north of Columbus when I changed lanes at mile marker 134 and hit a huge truck tire shard in the 1996 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon. The shard went under the car, and soon thereafter the car lost power and I pulled off I-71. That is when the fun really began.  Did not see any obvious damage. Waited for ever for a highway patrolman (he ended up being great), and a tow truck (almost impossible to get in a timely manner). Car towed back to Columbus Area off of Polaris Parkway.  The incident happened at about 3:30, didn't get to the Tuffy in north Columbus until almost 6 p.m., and our daughter, driving from Oberlin, OH, picked us at 6:45 p.m. After a quick Steak & Steak dinner we got to the Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic at 9:50 p.m.

Damaged radiator and fractured turbo intercooler.

So today I am having the car towed to Tremaine's Volvo at Dayton his afternoon, thanks to Haggerty Insurance High Octane plan. Definitely worth the money!

What a problem the day before heart ablation!! Lisa was exhausted driving back and forth last night.
We slept until 9 a.m. Great, except now I can't eat or drink anything until after the Cat Scan at 12:45 p.m. today.

Moral of the story -- you never know when things will change on you in a second.


  1. So sorry to hear about the highway drama, but glad all are safe. Good luck tomorrow!
    The Choke

    1. Thanks, Choke. Things went better today. I report tomorrow at 10 a.m., procedure should start about noon. I stay in the hospital overnight, then hopefully check out and go home in an Enterprise rental car. I was told no vigorous exercise for 3 weeks! So it looks like I'll hang around the 5 seasons pool and get a championship tan.