kentucky derby recap #1: the drive south

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

let the kentucky derby recap begin!

after a very fun wednesday night out i woke up last thursday morning fairly hungover/tired but ready to tackle the
kentucky derby 2010 weekend.

there was lots to celebrate, muffin was officially turning 30, it was kate's bachelorette weekend, and lots of UD ladies getting together - essentially it was time to evacuate the dance floor (whoa whoa).

when i arrived at muffin's house in lakewood, CD's were gathered, bottled water was purchased, twizzlers were ready to be eaten, and muffin's mom even got us a triptik from AAA.

alexa and muffin roadtrip to KY: annnnnnnnnnnnd go!

everything was going smoothly until we got about 60 miles outside of louisville, suddenly traffic came to a crawl, like 5 miles an hour crawl, and it stayed like that.

our friends AJP and lara were ahead of us about 15 miles and told us that there was an overturned semi-truck causing the commotion which sucked, but we suddenly had bigger problems.

the check engine and coolant level light came on in muffin's A4 - we ignored it.

that is until the engine started smoking....

we immediately pulled over, took about 15 minutes figuring out how to pop the hood, and made a very scientific observation that the car was leaking coolant. (see pic)

cue calling roadside assistant and a 2 1/2 plus hour wait on the side of 71 south.

muffin and her sad little broken car hanging out on the side of the highway... no, she's not bitter AT ALL.

are we having fun yet?

as you can see from the picture there's still an accident causing traffic to crawl so people are constantly asking us if we need help. granted, this was VERY kind, but every two seconds we had to be like, "no, we're ok, thank you!" - meh, it could have been worse.

thankfully we had excellent attitudes. i mean, at least we weren't stranded alone, the sun was shining, and we could laugh out loud at each other, A LOT.

confession: peeing between car doors happened - thank god for wendy's napkins.

finally, over 2 1/2 hours later, the tow truck arrived and muffin and i hopped in the truck family shotgun style with a toothless chain smoking man from KY. 50 minutes later we were at the audi dealership and court was there to bring us back to our rental house.

ten hours later.

luckily there were cocktails waiting for us.

and to think that was just the beginning... be continued!


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  1. Oh god. I hope this story gets better.

    I mean...because that would have sucked for you. Not because I'm ragging on your story.

    You know.

  2. I saw your tweet and wondered what had happened. Ugh. So sorry to hear that you all had a bit of a rough start. Sounds like you made the best of it though. Good thing there were cocktails ready and waiting...

  3. At least it was sunny! And even though slow traffic full of wannabe helpful people can be annoying, at least they were driving slowly by you instead of speeding by you at 80 mph. That would've been SCARY!

  4. I can't stop laughing!! What a dead on description of the tow truck man - don't forget about my sneezing fit in the tow truck!

  5. That picture of Muffin is hysterical. At least you guys got some rays out of the deal. :)

  6. I'm so glad you guys were able to get help for the car. My car overheated once on 95 in full on traffic and when I pulled off to the side I could feel it shake when other cars zoomed by me. Scary!

  7. Oh thank god for cocktails waiting for you. Only way to get through it.

    Can't wait to hear the rest of this story.

  8. Wow, girl! Peeing between doors? I don't know if I could do it! Glad you made it safely to the house!

  9. I can't wait for part 2 when you tell everyone about how I can see the future.

  10. LOL peeing between car doors? But the traffic is around you right? That must have been a pro trick!:)

  11. that is a whole lot of waiting around, at least you had each other is right because man that could have been awful.

  12. I was hoping the tow truck man would say "you sure smell perty" except that would clearly be the lead into killing you both horror movie style so glad he didn't.

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