We were at a standstill. We sat, not moving, in total gridlock traffic listening to the same three songs on the radio (Nikki Minaj’s Starships, Flo Rida’s Whistle Song and ….. oh god, I can’t remember the third song now. I thought I would never forget this…I will update when it comes back to me). It was torture. We eventually made it to the next exit — after 4 hours of sitting in traffic. The exit and surrounding roads were not designed to take all the traffic from the A9 — it was continued gridlock, but at least we were moving.
|First Exit Required|
|Toll Booth Attendants handing
out water as we exit the A9
|Off the A9, on local streets|
We eventually made it to Montpelier — but it took us more than 6.5 hours from the time we left Carcassonne until we arrived at the hotel. This was by far the longest, most miserable roadtrip day I have ever had. Everything was just out of our control — we were just there.
France really just kicked our butts this day. We were exhausted, frustrated, hungry and angry that we missed a good portion of the day being stuck in traffic. We didn’t get mad or yell at each other though, which was great – and a bit surprising.
I hate road trips. Have you ever been stuck in a situation like this before? How do you entertain yourself when you are trapped in a traffic jam like this? What’s the longest you’ve ever been trapped in traffic before?