Dan and I found ourselves living in our car on Saturday, with the cats, because with the temperature in the 100's and having no power, water or and any form of air at our house, the best thing for us was to get out of Dodge
or in this case Boones Mill! We had no idea the incredible devastation that we would run into on our road trip. First, there were literally hundreds of trees down everywhere, not to mention the runs at grocery stores and convenience stores for ice and water. Shelves were virtually empty everywhere!
Dan and I traveled as far as Richmond (fours hours away) and realized there was NOTHING with power. We were unable to find any kind of lodging, ones that were with power were full. We also had problems finding food since we had to use a drive through cause we had our cats with us. Fast food restaurants were either closed (no power), running out of food, or the intense traffic of cars and people were causing 1 hour or more waiting times.
Just when it seemed bleak and that we would have to return home to our "sauna" of a house we found the last available room in Lexington, at an inflated price of course! The place was run down and not pretty put damn it, it had AC, a clean bed and RUNNING water. You forget what a luxury a flushing toilet can be! Sunday we headed back to Roanoke...power was still out in most places and no ice or water could be found anywhere....it was looking seriously bad for us.
I had done our monthly grocery shopping 3 days before this storm hit and lost a freezer full of food and quite a bit from the frig as well.
We spent Sunday night in our house. With only one door that allowed air into the house we moved our recliners to the front and slept by the door. Living in an antiquated home has its drawbacks. Another storm hit that night so sleeping outside was not an option. Still no water to flush with and very little for anything else but we managed. Monday Dan had to go to work, his company had generators so it was expected for him to be there. The house was to hot for me to do much of anything so I sat by the door and read with a wet towel draped around me!
Early in the afternoon I started to get sick and I knew it was the beginning of heat exhaustion so I took two small bottles of water, drank one and dumped the other on over my head....felt a little better. Managed to find a hotel in Roanoke that would take us and our cats but it was going to be $200 a night (funny how prices sky rocket when there is supply and demand). Dan would be home soon and then we would be off to a nice cool place to stay with a flushing toilet and SHOWERS!!!!! After I finished grilling what meat I could salvage and packing us up
"LOW and BEHOLD our power came on!!!!!!! They had told us it would be Friday before it would be restored so this was very surprising and emotional for me....I could flush!!!!!!! We lost our money on the hotel but we gained a nice cozy cool house to sleep in and a FLUSHING toilet and a welcomed cool shower! We feasted on grilled steak and turkey and veggies. Dan was able to find some ice, of course we didn't need it now, but we had ice tea with dinner. We felt like royalty!
This was an adventure and not one we would EVER want to do again. If we were 20 years younger or even 10 years younger I think Dan and I would have gotten through it better but as it is, it took a serious toll out on both of us! It's tough being in your 60's and virtually alone, one just can't do as much or as well as one use to. I look in the mirror and I'm shocked at the old person looking back cause my mind still thinks that I'm in my 40's!
Keep praying for all those that still are without power. The heat is still raging this week with no relief in sight. Stores, that are open, are running very low on everything so please keep all those that have been affected by this "freak of nature" in your heart! Blessed Be!