For most weather conditions, including snowfalls, my Jeep Wrangler can handle just about any road condition, laughing as it plows through snowdrifts and mud and over rocks, boulders and logs.
Not this week.
As I returned from Floyd Monday afternoon, I started up the hill on Harvestwood about a half-mile from U.S. 221 and ran into two-feet high snowdrifts that snagged the undercarriage of the Jeep and left me sideways and stuck.
A nearby farmer with a four-wheel drive tractor pulled me out and I decided to take the less drift-prone Poor Farm Road route to Sandy Flats Road.
That worked until I hit our driveway, passable when I left at 8 a.m. but now covered with drifts of two-to-three feet.
Got stuck halfway up the 450-foot incline called our driveway. Managed to get out and back down to Greenbriar Lane. Tried again, made the turn at the top of the hill only to end up sideways in the driveway and stuck in snow that left the Wrangler half-submerged in white stuff. Used the winch and a nearby tree to straighten out the Jeep and then made several passes to create tracks in the snow. The drifts are too deep for our snow blower so I shoveled, and shoveled, and shoveled.
With the thermometer setting on seven degrees and a wind chill below zero this morning the snow that did melt Monday is now solid ice. Getting back down that driveway this morning will be an adventure.