A few days ago while driving from NYC to West Virginia we hit a bad snow storm with icy roads. Less than a quarter mile from home as we were climbing a steep hill our car slid backwards and crashed into a snowbank. We spent the next 40 min trying to get out of that situation by first slowly backing our car up to get back onto the road while continuing to slide back into the ditch, and trying not to hit the fence along the road. Then once we got back on the road we could not even move forward bc there was no traction. We debated whether we should abandon the car and just walk home even though it was icy up the hill and I had the wrong footwear. It helped to know that two other cars also had trouble and slid into a ditch nearby. We were not completely alone.
The man whose farmland we were on used his snow plough to clear the road up the hill and then salted it for us, which helped but then as we reached the top of the hill again we started to slip backward. Again. Then for a good 5 min or so, 3 men kept pushing our car up and over the hill as we floored it, burning rubber. But we finally made it.
After trudging through about 7 inches of snow in my non-snow shoes as I guided the car so we wouldn't hit the fence, I was ready to go inside, drink some wine and get this 2+ week in the countryside started, with the most spectacular view the next morning.
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