I am back in BC and WOW!
This morning at 8:30, Dave and I were heading to Grand Forks as we needed to get to the bank and do some shopping for the Rock Creek Christmas Faire.
It has gotten cold here. An arctic front has moved in from the Yukon and the temperature has dropped. Our Highway maintenance crews (Emkon) are awful, so I wanted Dave to drive. So he did (thank heavens, if he hadn’t, I would NOT be here to post!!!)
Just past the Phoenix turn off, we were behind a logging truck and we had a huge rock (at least a foot across) thrown from the rear wheels, at us. This was a fully loaded truck. They start way back in the bush and as the trees are loaded and as they drive on the back roads, they can pick up large rocks, that can get wedged, with the snow, in their wheel wells and between the wheels. The rock bounced at least 4 times. I was terrified it was going to go through the windshield. Dave is an incredible defensive driver, he slammed on the binders and zigged and zagged and the rock bounced off the highway at least 3 times and then, just under the car… I was sure it put a dint in the floor under my feet…when I it hit our undercarriage. but before I could take a breathe…the car hit the ice on the shoulder .
We started to slide into the ditch. Dave is an incredible driver! Instead of ending up in the ditch (or upside down) we “rode” the edge of the ditch — past a 40 meter drop off and a rock face…we briefly were in the opposite lane and ended up about half a car off the road (the right half). Going backwards and forwards, Dave got us back on the road and when we got out of the car — the front tire was flat.
I got out my cell phone to see if we had a signal, but NO~ We then got the spare tire out (a horrible little doughnut that has been there since I bought the car in 2008), and put it on.Nobody stopped. I thought us Canadians, especially us in rural areas were more compassionate…but I was wrong.
The “doughnut” was a little low, so we drove very slow to Grand Forks, we knew there was some significant damage as we had a shimmy and the car was not handling well at all….about 15 k down the road, the donut blew up! Probably because it has been under the car since I bought it, and we did hit some rocks in the ditch. The car vibrated every time we turned the wheel and we knew there had to be some damage to the front end, when we stepped on the brakes, there was a horrible grinding sound from the rear, perhaps the calipers are bent there from the ditches rocks too! Then, on a straight stretch, BANG!!! the doughnut blew! (Who said those things were good for 100 k, we felt lucky we got 15 k).
We were about 15 k from Grand Forks, so Dave stuck out his thumb and caught a ride into Grand Forks. He stopped at the OK Tire Store. Abe (the manager) sent Chris (his employee) up the hill with Dave.
I should tell you about Small Towns. There are a few businesses that survive every calamity that happens. They are the people that have grown up there or moved there a million years ago. They go out of their way to make sure you have all of your problems taken care of. Abe is one of “those” people. Our first experience with Abe was 25 years ago. We had a tire bow out on our trailer on a back road on a Sunday, he was out for Sunday drive and sent one of his employees out to help us. Abe won’t let you out of his shop if he believes he can’t sleep at night. When you meet people like Abe, every action he take and every business deal he makes is honest. Our car was put on the hoist and when they saw the damage, we were told the truth. It was awful! The right front side of the suspension/ vehicle was so twisted and bent, every time we turned the wheel, the tire rubbed against the wheel well. The right rear brake, lots of grinding and squealing!
My poor Kia is going NOWHERE until they can get the parts in!
What I want to know is why they can get the parts the next day in a city, but we have to wait at least 10 days. And this is going to have to be an insurance claim! I have not had an accident since a moose ran into me in 2002!
Why can’t those logging truck guys clean out their wheel wells before they go on the highway like they are supposed too!!!! Another thing, why do the claims adjusters know NOTHING??? I have the BCAA extended insurance (over and above ICBC which is the mandatory insurance in BC). Both of the agents I spoke with – the initial call and my adjuster, had no idea of or how you drive on highways! I had to explain to our claims adjuster about the plastic markers on the side of the road that have the reflectors on them, so you know where the edge of the road is. (We hit one and it left a mark on the hood of my car). She also had no idea of how a boulder/rock could fly out of the tires of a logging truck or where highway 3 is!!!! Or a community that has no body shops could exist!!!!
Anyway, thanks for listening to my tale of woe. I really wanted to post we will be selling plenty of Beary Good Stuff (including gift baskets) at the Rock Creek Christmas Faire (at the rock Creek, BC, Fair Grounds) i9n the Pavilion the Saturday!
Stop by, tell me how you read this post and ask me about how much I like LOGGING TRUCKS get 25% off your purchase!!
Anyway, that is my Rant for the season and I wish I had a dash cam!!!
> This is why Russians use dash cams, (dashboard cameras) – amazing!