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!!!)

Phoenix turn off on the right

Phoenix turn off on the right

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 .

About where we were on the highway when the rock hit

About where we were on the highway when the rock hit

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.

About where we finally stopped

About where we finally stopped

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).

Where we changed the donut

Where we changed the donut

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!

KIa

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!
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Prepared by hand and cooked in small batches – our preserves are cooked slowly. There is an average of 1.5 pounds of fruit in every 8 oz jar. Not only can you taste the difference – you can see the difference. Beautiful natural color and unmatched textures – that can only be achieved by the patience and experience of the Confiseur (the maker). There is alchemy to what we do. Like fine wines, each season has it’s own specific style. We create preserves with exceptional taste. Capturing these flavors is the craft of our business. Beary Good Stuff is a collection of seasonal, sustainable, artisinally made preserves. The collection is made (in limited quantities) from local fruits using traditional cooking methods. We use the freshest ingredients we can get. The small batch production insures a taste and texture that is unmatched in the commercial market today. The collection includes preserved fruits & vegetables – marmalades, jams, fruit butters & salsas, pickles and gift collections that reflect the bounty of the season and spirit of feasting. Although not necessary yet, we have received a letter from the BC Heath Authority. We submitted a package detailing how and where we made our products, what each recipe contains and how we prepare it. This letter is displayed in our tent at the Farm Market. We have our BC MarketSafe and FoodSafe certifications.

Posted on December 3, 2013, in Christmas, Rock Creek Farm Market and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh, my goodness! My heart is in my throat just reading about this. I can’t imagine how you felt going through it. Holy cow! That video makes Russian driving look crazy. Insurance stuff is always a super bummer.

  2. Oh no Barb! Thank God you and Dave are ok. What a scary experience and what driving skills Dave has for sure. Thank goodness that you got that great service from the Ok Tire Store. Sorry about your car but glad you are ok and good luck with your Christmas markets, glad you are home.

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