Travel mugged tea for today’s drive to the airport to drop off a visiting friend, a drive (and situation) which ended up being quite awful. My car decided to start making some unpleasant noises while on the 401 (major highway). I pulled over to the shoulder, we got out, nothing obvious seemed wrong, but the noises started whenever the car was turned on, and especially since I had the baby with me, I was not comfortable continuing to drive. So we called my husband and CAA… and since I was reluctant to keep the car on, and it was probably the hottest day of the year so far, we got out of the car with the baby in the carseat, and parked ourselves in the ditch. (I’ll note that we were advised to remain in the car, but traffic was crawling and I didn’t feel overly unsafe out there as compared to a sweltering car). Didn’t think of the fact that I wasn’t wearing sunscreen. Over an hour after we pulled over, CAA and my husband arrived about 5 minutes apart, and we swapped cars to continue our way to the airport… but by this time, traffic is massively backed up due to a major accident, rush hour is starting, and her flight leaves in just over an hour (the entire drive is usually under an hour; we left 3 hours prior to her flight leaving). AND, the baby is hot and hungry, but was too hot/distracted to eat when I tried to feed him earlier. AND, I had forgotten that the a/c doesn’t work in my husband’s car. So we start driving, but the traffic just keeps getting worse, the car is just about as hot as the one we just left behind, and the baby starts screaming so I have to pull over at a weigh station to feed him… so we ended up missing her flight, which she then had to rebook for nearly triple what she originally paid. I felt (and still feel) awful about that. And then, I had the joy of driving home in rush hour, still in a car with no a/c, and still with an uncomfortable, screaming baby. And, a blossoming sunburn thanks to standing in a ditch for an hour (the baby is not sunburnt; luckily I had the sense to shield him). So, a pretty awful day (and a pretty crappy end to an otherwise fantastic visit!) Side note: the problem with my car is apparently minor, and it was actually still driveable, but I couldn’t have known that.
tldr; Car troubles + traffic led to my friend missing her flight home, and having to rebook for an obscene price, and I ended up with a wicked sunburn and much sadness/regret.