I want to THANK everyone for their comments and well wishes. I can tell you the ‘incident’ (as I’m now calling it) sure has taken a toll on me.
Everybody knows that when you have a rig my size you make your turns are WIDE.
I know that I have to make my turns WIDE.
I always make my turns WIDE.
So why didn’t I make my turn WIDE this time ? Well I thought I had !!
I was coming off a side street to make a right hand turn onto a very busy street (in order to get back on the Interstate).
Obviously I didn’t make the turn WIDE enough !!
What a frikkin’ fright I got !! I had absolutely no clue what had happened. I was on a normal street making a normal turn. Suddenly CLUNK – BANG – CRASH. And the rig was on it’s side.
Guy behind me got out and we both surveyed the situation. He suggested I trying backing up to get over the culvert as going forward certainly was not an option.
Tried that but she wouldn’t budge. Tried that again – she wouldn’t budge.
We talked about needing to call a towing company to “lift” me out.
He suggested I go ahead a little and then kinda made a “run for it” going backwards……knowing full well that every movement was causing even more damage – but I got ‘er out !!
The pics don’t really show how DEEP this hole was. It was DEEP !
I immediately pulled over into a Truck Stop (which was just across the street) and checked things out. I was AFRAID to open the door to the garage !! Thankfully only a small cabinet I have in there fell over.
Later in the day I took my Exit for the Walmart I was heading to. I was going over the Interstate on a busy two lane street. I saw this 18 wheelie on my left passing me – I was in the right hand slower lane. He was only about 1/2 way passed me and suddenly he pulls over into my lane !! I had to slam on the brakes as hard as I could. I simply don’t know how he missed me and didn’t total my rig !!! The on-ramp for the Interstate was just in front of me and that’s where he wanted to get to – at the expense of nearly a bad accident.
Ah but wait – the day isn’t done yet !!! Yes, There’s still more !!! I finally settle into my spot at Walmart, crank up the Internet – can’t get on the Internet – something is wrong with my Verizon ‘stick’. I spent the next hours trying to troubleshoot that. I didn’t get to bed until 2:00AM because I was so wired.
I knew I wasn’t going anywhere today – I needed to recover from yesterday. I used the day to do some errands like laundry etc.
I was nervous driving today. I’m NEVER nervous driving. But I tell ya, I was overly, overly, overly cautious !!!
I was noticing my driving habits also while turning. Yes, I take the turns wide. As I’m taking the turn I instinctively glance over to the passenger mirror to see what the rear of that side is doing while I’m turning. Clearly I didn’t do that yesterday because if I had I would have seen the ditch !! No idea why I didn’t do it yesterday ? It all happened so fast.