Like Demons and ex-wives, you have to face your fears, driving on snow and ice is mine. I have only driven once in my life in the snow and that was some 20 years ago for just about an hour!! She who must be obeyed wants four walls and a ceiling in the kitchen by December 25th because we are having friends over for Christmas dinner.

I don’t have enough plasterboard (Sheetrock in America) to complete the ceiling, the last time we bought plasterboard from the builders merchants it blew off the roof rack on the way home causing the car behind me to brake and swerve violently in a cloud of plaster dust and shattering boards, these kind of incidents can meet with a less than friendly response from the police, I therefore don’t want to use the main roads, the only option is to use the network of village lanes that all the drunk drivers use to avoid police.

The lightly travelled village lanes are not gritted or ploughed, planning ahead we took snow chains with us and emergency rations, 3 packets of fags and 4 cigarette lighters, there’s not greater torture than being stuck miles from anywhere with cigarettes you can’t smoke!!

I was driving very slow and nervous at first but was pleasantly surprised just how easy it was to drive on snow and ice, only bends  are a bit of a problem.

Even on the hills, the Astra’s extra wide Formula 1 racing tyres gripped the snow like Scrooge’s fingers around a penny allowing all of the engines 700bhp to be used!!

I thought I was doing really well driving along at 50kph with a slight side to side weave until some old man in a Lada came flying past me doing around 80kph on the slippery road.

This time I used extra Bungy ropes to keep the sheets on the roof.

We drove back from the builders merchants at a steady 40kph, not wanting a repeat performance of the boards flying off and having to stop and gather up the pieces!!

Stopped half way to check all the boards were still there.

Home safe and sound by Lunch time, ready to complete the kitchen ceiling.




~ by travelswithmymotorbike on December 24, 2010.

17 Responses to “DRIVING ON ICE”

  1. Last day at work for a while, best Christmas wishes to you and Linda, look forward to reading more of your adventures next year mate, keep up the good work!!


    • Hi James,

      Thanks for the kind wishes and all the best to you also for the New year mate!!



  2. Dave:

    Tell Linda that I prefer the open look of the ceiling beams. Won’t be as nice when they are covered up

    We don’t call sheetrock here, we call it Gyp-rock, probably because it was made by Gypsum Company (or Plssterboard), you Bulgarians have a different way of saying things

    and OH, you should stop smoking. If I am around I would steal all your lighters and give you two sticks to rub together.

    Wet Coast Scootin

    • DaveP

      my finger slipped. Pissterboard should read “PlasterBoard”

      ps: did I mention that you should stop smoking, OR ELSE

    • Hi Uncle Bob,

      The beams will be open, the plasterboard is for in between the beams, the ceiling should be finished in a week or two now. Linda said she might stop smoking on Jan 1st……You never know!!

      I’m busy making an arch in the wall at the moment, should only take a couple of days, I dont even Christmas off work.



  3. You did well to tame that 700HP lol…best wishes for the new year 🙂

    • Hi Owen,

      The formula 1 racing tyres help lol…best wishes to you and Mrs. Owen also matey!!



  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    All the best for 2011

    • Hi Berge,

      How are you doing, not seen much of you on the net anymore?..All the very best to you also for the New year!!



  5. All the very best to you and Linda, hope you had a good Christmas and an even more adventurous new year!!


    • Hi Donna,

      Thanks for the good wishes, who knows what might happen next year lol….All the very best to you and yours for the New year!!



  6. Seasons greetings old chap, all the very best to you and the Mrs, not forgetting the mighty Astra of course lol

    • Hi Stan,

      Back at work already, best way though of keeping you out of trouble lol….All the best mate to you and Mrs.Stan, how 2011 brings you a warmer hut to sit in 🙂



  7. last but not least….All the best to you both for Christmas and the New year, really enjoy following your adventures lol.

    • Hi Graham,

      Thanks for the well wishes and all the best for 2011 to you and Mrs.graham.



  8. I read Schumacher did all his training with an Astra and I think you’ll find Dave its actually a 750HP V8 under the bonnet!!

    All the best to you and the Mrs.


    • Hi Robo,

      You must be right about Schumacher (I dont know anything about sports) and the 750 hp, it all makes sense now how it can climb hills in top gear!!

      Best wishes to you also for the New year!!



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