Worst Drive Ever

I don’t really have a favorite place to drive. To be honest, I don’t care about driving and am more than happy to let my husband take over the wheel most of the time – as long as he’s not yawning. When I do drive a long distance by myself, I put a book in the CD player and stick to the highways.

I do remember the worst drive I ever made. We were on our way back from North Carolina. Amber was 3 or 4 at the time, so it must have been 7 or 8 years ago. The way we went took us over the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia. I don’t remember who though of it first, but we got the brilliant idea to drive down to the bottom. And of course I was the one driving at the time. It was this steep narrow winding road and I must have been white-knuckled on the steering wheel the whole time. And it didn’t help that we passed at least one “Road Closed Ahead” sign, something to do with flooding if I remember right.

I will say though, down by the river was really a neat place, beautiful.

Do you have any memorable drives?

20 Comments

  1. My mother and I drove from Seattle to San Francisco and back again over the course of 36 hours (I had to have a visa to travel to Europe, and the consulate required you to show up IN PERSON). That road from Seattle to San Francisco is I-5, which is a perfectly acceptable highway, except that it goes OVER MOUNTAINS in Northern California. And we drove that part in the dark both times. One of the scariest experiences of my life.

  2. I’m not fond of roads like that either although the picture you have posted is gorgeous. I don’t like driving as much as I used to however I prefer driving to being driven around. I like to be in control and I’m a really bad back seat driver when I’m not.

  3. Since I’ve spent many years on the road I’ve had many crazy drives. One in particular was in British Columbia in Canada when I decided to take the short cut from somewhere in the center of the province to Squamish, which was more on the coast. What I didn’t realize was that it was going to be raining the entire way and the road was 100 miles of gravel through the mountains. We actually made pretty good time though.

    I’ve driven over that New River Gorge, but was in too big of a hurry to think about driving to the bottom.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

  4. I went for a nice dirve through the Mid Wales hills/mountains on Friday (see my blog for photos). While I do like to drive, I prefer it when somebody else is driving so I can just hop out and take photos every now and then.

  5. I dont really enjoy long car rides, mostly because I get carsick after some time. We have driven to Florida (20 hours) a twice since I’ve been married. When I was little, my mom would drive us to Florida every other summer and I hated the ride then also. I’d much rather fly.

  6. I have never loved to drive. Long distances, even worse. I have narcolepsy, so sometimes, I have to pull over and take a 20 minute nap just to get from midway to the finish line. Ugh!! However, since I’ve found the joy of Audio-books (on cd), driving has become MUCH more pleasurable!!

  7. Tif

    I grew up in the mountains of Montana and it was not uncommon for us to take the “short-cut” of going over the mountain instead of on the designated highways! There was one road in particular that was horrible every single time … curve after curve, with the edge going straight down the mountain, the other going straight up. And, my cousins and I were usually in the back of the truck . . . much scarier! I seriously just tense up just thinking about it!

  8. The scariest drive I’ve ever done was when I was moving from North Carolina to Minnesota – my drive took me through the Blue Ridge Mountains at night and I’ve never driven through anything like that. Knowing that just past that teensy little guardrail was a 5,000 or more foot drop just really messed with my mind, and I also did the white knuckle driving until we reached the hotel. Seeing those escape ramps they built for trucks as well if they weren’t able to stop while going downhill at such a steep grade was so insane to me, too! I don’t miss that drive at all!

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