The highway can be trying under normal circumstances and I've been stuck on it a few times but this was rather something. One of the two trucks contracted to sand the road apparently had mechanical difficulties. So after a night of flurries and light snow, the area around Super Test wasn't attended to with the resulting traffic chaos. I counted a number of vehicles in the ditch, everything from pick ups to cars to everything else. Even a bus slid across lanes north of Suncor around the Bridge to Nowhere.
I sat a couple seats behind the driver so between bouts of sleep I was able to pick up a bit of radio chatter. The line of the morning came from one anonymous driver who remarked, "A billion dollars worth of overpasses is all for nothing if they can't manage to deal with one hill." (I had actually planned to do a traffic-related post earlier this week as it turns out as I learned that the long-awaited Timberlea overpass is tentatively schedule to open October 16.)
Four hours to travel roughly 30km. You can drive all the way to Edmonton in a little over 5. On a brighter note, I did get some extra sleep and I was still paid for the full day.