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post #1 of 9 Old 12-15-2008, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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So we're sliding down this hill sideways Saturday afternoon on the side of a 5,000 foot cliff on the Cherohala Skyway... ...and I'm thinkin', "this is not going to buff out...". My wife is saying some sort of prayer to her guardian angel, the dog's tail is waving like crazy and she's bouncing all over the place...

It was all sort of in slow motion. Solid ice, about 1/2" thick with a thin veil of snow over it. Not a freakin' hope in a million of getting traction or landing anywhere else than where gravity demands.

Then thwack. The guardrail caught us. I dropped it into 4-low and crept a little off the rail, spun the rest of the way around and thwack again.
My wife finished her prayer and looks at me and, honest to God, says, "do you want me to get out and push?"

I'm trying not to laugh at her 'cause I know she's serious. The situation was far from dire --- just this helpless feeling. Wondering when the next vehicle will come around the bend and lose it also. There was lots of snow in the mountains but this was the first ice; snow melt off the sunny side of the rocks had formed a sheet of ice on the shady side of the mountain.

So I thanked her for her willingness to help and cut the wheel sharply downhill; I aimed at an arc and tried to launch myself in a way that would eventually spin me facing forward toward the grass. It worked.

All in all, I just crushed the plastic bumper a little. And learned a lesson about traction. And put a winch on my wish-list.

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the carnage:

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-15-2008, 06:34 AM
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Good thing both of your are ok... Prayer really does work!

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Yeah, glad you're ok. Funny story though.
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-15-2008, 07:37 AM
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Looks like a good opportunity for a bumper upgrade to me
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Glad you guys are okay. And yes, I see bumper upgrades for you in the very near future.

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I blew the mod budget on gears... ...gotta wait...

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Glad you guys are ok! I was nervous for you. The whole time I'm was reading it thinking the same thing. I hope no one comes around the corner!

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Would have been nice to have ice studs in your tires there. Do you get ice like that often? We don't get ice very often but we do get lots of snow..

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Would have been nice to have ice studs in your tires there. Do you get ice like that often? We don't get ice very often but we do get lots of snow..
Georgia hardly gets ice at all; the Cherohala would've been clear also except for those dang dark hollows...
I've driven in snow and on ice for many years; this was the first time that I felt that out of control.
I wonder how many other dents were born there on Saturday?

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