Moving from SLC to Auburn, AL <episode 1> Slippery 491 road


I finished my six-day journey from Salt Lake City to Auburn, AL. Now, I am writing this at a small apartment in Auburn although I haven't finished unpacking my stuff. I can talk about my journey with a smile now, but my journey was not easy from very first day.

Because it had snowed a lot before we arrived there, the road between Utah and Colorado was very slippery. Even though I was driving very carefully, eventually slipped towards the right before we arrive at our destination. My car was going to the right shoulder of the road, so I steered to the left. Then, my car was heading towards other cars from the other side.  


Hurriedly I steered to the other side, and then my car spun towards the cars behind my car. After that, I lost control of myself and my car spun crazily. Finally my car showed triple turning on the road like the triple flip of Yuna Kim, a Korean figure skater, and descended into the snow.

Fortunately no one was injured, but I could have made a really big accident. I had joined AAA membership just to be sure, and it had been a great choice because I received towing service helpfully and very soon.

After towing, I drove about ten minutes. Suddenly a deer appeared in front of our car in this time. I couldn't steer to either side because I was afraid of the slippery road, and I tried to stop my car. However, it didn't work on the road like an ice rink.

Crossing the road, the deer found my car and stopped! It stared my car and did not move!  At last, the deer came up to the bonnet with a big sound and fell down to the right. Luckily the deer seemed not injured and ran away to the forest. Only my bonnet was a little dented. (Actually it was not a little, but I didn't know because it was dark.)

One American man had waited for us from the last accident and was going together. He stopped his car and laughed loudly. He said that he guaranteed that we would not forget that night. We couldn't go to our first destination, Mesa Verde, because the weather forecast said it would have snowed a lot at that time. Instead, we quickly headed to 'White Sands National Monument' in New Mexico which is warm.

I won't forget the 491 road between Moab, Utah and Cortez, Colorado as long as I live.


  • Favicon of BlogIcon Kaya 2010.01.06 17:12 ADDR 수정/삭제 답글

    It was really scary...

    • Favicon of BlogIcon Eunju Song 2010.01.07 09:40 수정/삭제

      Kaya!! (acturally I thought your name is Gaya;; sorry kkk anyway, I miss you!! how are you?ToT)

  • Favicon of BlogIcon Eunju Song 2010.01.07 09:39 ADDR 수정/삭제 답글

    Jinho!!! Wow Long time no See!!!!!!!! Nowadays I (almost) always think about you and Gaya! Can you belive me? I miss the moment your couple cared of me and gave good words. The colder this winter is in Korea, the more I miss you guys!

    This story makes me so nervous for thinking about the accident that might happen to you. But thanks god for your safety. You were really wise to choose the insurance! : ) Please, be careful and keep in touch with me!
    Love you guys, my friends- Jinho and Gaya!
    I am adding this blog and visiting often! ^^ Happy new year~!

    • Favicon of BlogIcon 레오 (Jinho) 2010.01.07 13:40 신고 수정/삭제

      Wow. Really? We talked about you once before we came to Auburn. I really want to know how you are doing. I heard that it snowed a lot in Korea. Watch your step when you go out, and be careful when you drive. I hope we keep in touch! Take care!

  • Bohyun 2010.01.08 00:29 ADDR 수정/삭제 답글

    I like you guys who don't lose energy when you are got in that situation..and overcome that situation! haha I expect ur story about ur new city~~~plz update often I will visit often too^^

    • Favicon of BlogIcon 레오 (Jinho) 2010.01.08 10:54 신고 수정/삭제

      Thank you, Bohyun. Kaya and I like you, too. You are one of best students who I met in SLC, and I learned a lot from you although you are much younger than me! I hope your study is going well in Korea, and hopefully see you again in the US. Take care!

  • Maurice 2010.01.08 06:03 ADDR 수정/삭제 답글

    It is so fortunate that no one was injuered, but it must have been one of the most scariest scene in your life!!

    I've never experienced one like that but can imagine how that would feel just a lil bit...

    oh. 안녕하세요. 반가워요 모리스라고 합니다.

    • Favicon of BlogIcon 레오 (Jinho) 2010.01.08 10:58 신고 수정/삭제

      Yes, I totally agree with you. It was one of my unforgettable(?) moments. Nice to meet you Maurice. Thank you for your comment. 이름이 멋지시군요. ^^

솔렉에서 아번까지 이사겸 여행하기 1 - 미끄러운 491도로편

유타주 솔트레이크씨티부터 알라배마주 아번까지 장장 6일간의 여행을 마쳤습니다. 
지금은 아번에 있는 한 조그마한 아파트에서 짐정리가 끝나지 않은 채로 글을 쓰고 있습니다. 지금이야 웃으면서 이야기할 수 있지만, 여행첫날부터 그리 순탄치는 않았습니다. 

여행전 계속 눈이 왔어서, 유타주에서 콜로라도로 넘어가는 도로가 엄청 미끄러웠습니다. 
살금살금 조심해서 갔지만, 결국 도착하기 직전에 차가 미끄러졌는데, 오른쪽옆으로 떨어지려고 해서 핸들을 한번 왼쪽으로 살짝 돌리니, 
반대편 차가 오는 방향으로 차가 돌더군요. 

황급히 다시 핸들을 돌리니 이번엔 제 뒤에 따라오던 차들쪽으로 차가 돌았습니다. 그 이후 저는 이성을 잃고, 핸들을 마구 이리돌렸다 저리돌렸다했고, 결국 차는 도로위에서 김연아 선수의 트리플 플립처럼 환상적인 세바퀴 턴을 보여주고 옆의 눈구덩이로 떨어졌습니다.

다행히 아무도 다치진 않았지만, 정말 대형사고가 날뻔 했습니다.
여행떠나기전 혹시나 해서 AAA멤버쉽을 가입하고 왔는데, 아주 요긴하게 견인서비스를 받았습니다.

차를 견인받고 다시 운전을 하고 한 10분쯤 지났을까, 이번엔 내리막길에서 갑자기 사슴이 나타났습니다. 또 미끄러질까봐 핸들은 도저히 꺽질못하고, 브레이크를 밟아보았지만, 아이스링크 같은 도로위에서 브레이크를 밟아봤자였죠.

사슴은 도로를 지나가다말고 제차를 발견하더니 
멀뚱멀뚱한 표정으로 달려오는 제차를 바라보며 움직이질 않았습니다. 결국 쿵하는 소리와 함께 사슴이 본네트위까지 올라왔다가 오른쪽 옆으로 굴러떨어졌습니다. 다행히 사슴은 그리 다치지 않았는지, 혼자 벌떡 일어서더니 숲속으로 사라졌습니다. 제차는 본네트가 좀 찌그러졌구요.


아까 사고가 났을때 한 미국인 아저씨가 견인차가 올때까지 같이 기다려주고 다시 같이 길을 가고 있었는데, 그 아저씨가 차에서 내려서 배꼽을 잡고 웃더군요. 제가 이 밤을 평생 잊지 못할거라며 호언장담 하신답니다.


첫날 목표로 했던 Mesa Verde는 결국 눈이 많이 온다는 일기예보에 가보지 못했습니다. 대신 따뜻한 뉴멕시코의 White Sands National Monument로 얼릉 이동했습니다.

유타 Moab에서 콜로라도 Cortez로 이어지는 491번 도로는 정말 평생 못잊을 것 같습니다.

  • HyunChang Jang 2010.01.09 17:04 ADDR 수정/삭제 답글

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    건강하세요~ 기다릴게요 형 ! ^^

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