Just a thought, but after seeing the country grind to a halt, slithering in snow, I couldn't help but hark back to last May in northern California.....................
Donner Pass at 7,700 feet. Road cleared to go.
Well, seems like a good idea to me - get those chains on U.K!
Many thanks to all well-wishers, I'm on the mend, s-l-o-w-l-y, and don't make me laugh! Outch!
Edited to add
Yes it's no easy thing I know. Over in California we did see long laybys especially for putting on/taking off tire/tyrechains. Notices indicated they may only be required for a short distance but were compulsory. The roads over the high passes in the High Sierra had deep channels gouged out by the heavy trucks with chains. Even in the south above Los Angeles in the mountains we were in snow (and 'Thunder Blizzards') at 5ooo feet and on the drive down to the valley floor we passed many vehicles heading upwards, stopping to put on their chains. When we reached the first set of traffic lights at the bottom of the mountain all the cars pulling up (including us) shed a small avalanche of snow each off their roof as bemused locals wearing shorts and sunglasses strolled past in the midday heat (32c) lol! Very memorable!
I remember the Blue Circle wagons from when I lived in Weardale. We were snowed in up a number of times up at Tunstall Valley (so beautiful, sigh) and it was the Water Board vehicles that used to clear that road eventually for access to the Resevoir and Treatment Plant, if I remember rightly.