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Scariest Ride

Posted September 29, 2009 9:17 a.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2009 10:12 a.m. EDT

What is the scariest car ride of your life? Please share your highway horror stories.

I thought life was coming to an end last night driving back from a Nash County book signing. The wind was swirling, the rain was pounding and the lightning was as vivid as anything from The Wizard of Oz or Twister. To make matters worse US 64 is undergoing repairs. There’s a lot of uneven pavement and poorly marked lanes. I kissed my driveway when I arrived home.

Other harrowing rides of my life include Highway 21 near Roaring Gap in mountain fog as thick as split pea soup. There was also a scary ride through Greensboro during my careless hitchhiking days of college. A hailstorm west of Winston-Salem one August evening ten years ago had me praying harder than I can ever remember. Two other agonizing episodes: driving to work during Hurricane Fran and in the middle of a 22 inch snowfall almost ten years ago.

What are your stories? What was your scariest ride?