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19 July 2004 @ 09:02 am
Truck ouch!  
Quick update here. We stopped for the night in Syracuse, NY. Got a great rate on a Days Inn, and got a good night's sleep. Slept in a bit, and are now on the way west again!

We just saw a truly spectacular accident the other direction. Some truck flipped going eastbound on I-90, just west of Syracuse. Shut down the eastbound lanes completely...the whole area was crawling with emergency vehicles. And since this is the New York Throughway, there's noplace to detour the eastbound traffic onto. So we just passed miles and miles of traffic at a complete standstill. People were out walking their dogs, chatting on the shoulder, probably a few grabbing a picnic breakfast! I hope the trucker was okay...Hard to tell how fast he was going when he tipped.

666 miles to go. Ack!

Something good: Blueberry bagels

Something bad: Unexplained debit card freezes. I think they were worried about all the sudden charges in Maine :P

Something disturbing: Shadgas!
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: Dido - Hunter
M. C. A. Hogarthhaikujaguar on July 19th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
Read my news! Read my news! :D
The Dragonpoints on July 19th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Bah. Even Shad's gas can't reach over two hundred miles.
Brendan: New Koshroho on July 19th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
I have faith ;)
nyuni on July 19th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
Don't you just love those unexplained card freezes? Especially when you're trying to get your car back after being towed... The hold Adams Mark puts on your card when you check in is something astronomical, because it wiped out a good $1k or so of my credit until a few days after I had checked out! Should be a crime to tie up someone's credit like that...
Urocyon abiectiusurocyon on July 19th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
I asked my bank to put me on fraud alert, so they did get a little alarmed about the charges along the way to my trip to Canada. They only left a message asking me to verify that the charges were really mine, though.

On the other hand, my ATM card expired while I was up there. Cash advances on the credit card saved the day, but there's still nothing quite so alarming as having your card eaten for the first time ever while in a foreign country, surrounded by all those beady eyes and flapping heads.
Brendan: Cardroho on July 19th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was quite relieved that it started getting rejected on a swipe-style cardreader. I really don't want my plastic eaten! Especially since I don't know the PIN for a cash advance on my credit card, would've made the rest of the trip exciting ;P

Fortunately, called my credit union this morning, card's now unlocked!
Willwas1 on July 19th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
Ouch, you're lucky the accident was east bound, the traffic backup sounds pretty horrible.

Good luck on the rest of your trip home. Again it was good getting to see you guys again and I really hope I can make it out to MFF in November.
neowolf2 on July 20th, 2004 02:00 am (UTC)
And in winter...
... that same long stretch of I-90 is occasionally shut down by whiteouts and blizzards. Yay lake effect!

They might have been able to divert south to route 20 (not an interstate).