Nice Drive

Last week I was working a 17:00-23:00 shift at work to support the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited. I decided that I would spend the day driving to somewhere instead of sitting on the sofa playing on the Playstation.

I looked for places on Google Maps that were within 2 or 3 hours, so I’d have time to get there, eat, and come back for work. I ended up settling on a little town called Nice. I don’t know if they pronounce it the same as the city in France, or the adjective nice.

I got there without any issues, took some pictures, and then had some lunch from a supermarket on the edge of town. As soon as lunch was over I set Waze to head for home. It said I’d arrive just after 15:00.

Clear Lake, CA

I got about 10 miles along state route 175, a twisty mountain road with a large drop on one side, when I noticed I could smell brake dust. I slowed down, testing my brakes, and the smell got stronger. I rounded a corner and saw cones in the middle of the road. I slowed down more and when I rounded the next corner I saw a line of traffic with an ambulance and police cars ahead. A police officer was in the road, stopping traffic.

SR175 Closed

After about 10 minutes he came over and said the road would be closed for quite a while, and that we should turn around to find a different route.

I turned the car around and started driving back the way I’d come. About a quarter of the way back to where I started I turned one of the twisty turns and was faced with an oncoming truck straddling both sides of the road. I slammed on the brakes, sending everything in the car flying forwards. I saw the guy quickly snap his head back to the front and swerve onto his own side of the road just in time to avoid a collision.

My heart was racing after that. I started thinking how stupid it was that I just hit the brakes, but then I started thinking about how things would have turned out if I’d tried to swerve around him. Moving a couple of feet to the right would mean sending the car off a cliff, just like you see in action films, although hopefully without an explosion.

I’m pretty sure that’s the closest I have ever been to dying.

The detour added an extra couple of hours to the drive, and I ended up heading directly to the office, where I stayed from 17:15 until 07:00 the next day.

Quite an eventful day.

Driving Theory Test (the second)

I wrote a blog entry yesterday, and forgot to post it. Here it is:
Today I am going to sit my driving theory test for the second time. I passed it 2 and a half years ago, but never actually got around to sitting the practical test. Unfortunately a theory test only lasts 2 years, and so now I’ve got to sit it again.

I haven’t really given the whole thing much thought, to be honest. I wouldn’t be that surprised if I failed because of the lack of effort and interest. I don’t want to fail it, but I also don’t care about passing enough to revise or anything like that. That seems kinda stupid, but oh well.

With any luck I’ll just go in there and pass it without much thought like I did last time. If not then I’ll book it again and put some proper effort in. I don’t like wasting money, but apparently that’s not a good enough reason to make a big effort this time.

I’ll update again when I know the results.

I hope you’ll be pleased to hear that I passed the test. 🙂 It could have gone better in the actual test, but I passed, so I no longer care!

Right, 2 years, let’s get cracking!