It all seemed to start when I was on my last trip to Ohio and just has carried on since then. I had planned my trip for 5 days to Ohio but instead of 5 days of nice weather it turned cloudy and rain arrived on the third day. I did stay 4 days but headed home as the weather got worse.
That is when the Bad Karma really arrived and decided to stay for a while. As I headed up I 75 there were three work zones that each added about 30 minutes to the trip and it became even worse. I had enough gas to reach the tax free pumps at the border but with all the delays decided to get off and add about $10 to make sure I did not run out.
After getting through the construction delays I approached Detroit only to find traffic being moved from the northbound to southbound lanes that were under construction to allow work on the northbound bridges adding more delays. As I approached the exit to Canada traffic was backed up about a mile on I 75 and I could see solid over the bridge. Waiting there would have been at least 2 hours to get back to Canada. No way was I going to wait so headed to Port Huron.
Guess what? As I approached I 94 to Port Huron there was more construction and another 30 minutes to get on the highway. Bad Karma was riding with me.
Made it finally to Port Huron and it only took 5 minutes to get across the border. No cheap gas pumps so headed home with what I had so instead of arriving home with 3/4 of a tank of cheap gas I arrived over 2 hours late with an empty tank. Sure takes the fun out of it.
Bad Karma has seemed to stick with me as I seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and train chasing has been a series of missed trains and viewing from long distance as I am in the wrong place. When doing video I seem to make errors and screw up shots that would be easy before. Even things like grocery shopping I seem to be a day late for specials or they are out of stock.
Yesterday I planned a trip to Hamilton to do some train chasing and a plus 3C day with sunshine so switched from my heavy winter coat to my shorter winter jacket. Just as I arrived CN 385 was passing and was told it have 4 different locomotives on it, a one in a year happening and I missed it. I left at 7:30 from Beachville and 5 minutes after I left there was a post about this train but Bad Karma made me miss it as I ahd left.. If I had stayed home I would have caught it. Nothing I could do so waited for another train CN 550 and planned my shots. When it did arrive it was on a different track so the video only captured the top of the locomotives as Bad Karma was close by. Next up I waited for VIA 70 and AMTRAK that were both due. I heard VIA 70 says 5 minutes to Aldershot so prepared to capture it. As I waited AMTRAK arrived from the other direction so no chance to get a decent video as the camera was posted the other way. As if that was not enough VIA did arrive 5 minutes later and I turned on the video and prepared to take some still shots. For some reason the camera would not work and Bad Karma prevented any photo. The video had been set to zoom so also missed it as it came closer. Bad Karma won in all 3 instances.
If that was not enough when I arrived the temp in Hamilton was -7C/20F with a 20 kph wind. Add that in and it felt more -12C/12F so I was freezing as I had removed all the winter headgear from the car. Bad Karma again and I had enough. I waited another 30 minutes but not a train in sight. I usually go and catch some GO trains but was froze so gave up and headed home. Bad Karma won again.
Good Karma will show up soon so just have to survive this period and should be fine. I guess the bad times make the good ones even that much better. 🙂