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|Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 8:06pm On Aug 21, 2019|
Woke up at about twelve noon. feeling lazy and wanting to stay
in bed all day. my phone suddenly rang. a call from Nigeria
requesting the inventory i had ( i purchase and ship cars to
people) and with my efficiency and tract record of prompt
delivery, my customer base grew to a level i had to eventually
The caller requested that i purchase and ship 2 lexus rx 330
to Nigeria urgently. so i opened my app to playfully search.
the plan was to find a good deal (as always done) for the best
price and propmt completion of the job.
behold, in less than 10 minutes i found 1 which was just
posted, i gave my innitial asking price and we wher set to
3:30pm (my local time) i asked for his phone number and
address but to my shock, he is located in Stockton California
Damn!!!....this deal is about to give me usd $2000 in 2-3 days
what do i do?
I called the vehicle owner and made a deal that if he keeps
it for me, i'll be there the following day in the afternoon
(obviously he saw my mobile number was from Baltimore MD and
to him, this was some sorta joke).
The clock was ticking and i needed to get moving. checked
all available airports within a 100 mile radius but the only
available flight booking i could get was JETBLUE from JFK NYC
to LAX CA.
well, i booked it and ran to the shower shortly after
returning my Nigerian Client's call to conclude on the
5;00pm... i stepped into my car and drove to the greyhound bus
park. my intention was to leave my car there, take the bus to
NYC (3hours 30mins trip to jkf). everything seemed normal.
5:30pm...I got to greyhound and the next available bus was
scheduled for 8pm. i have to be at the airport before 10pm cos
my flight was for 10:40pm.
I have paid about $270 for the cheap non refundable flight and
am not about to loose such amounts on a Sunday evening so i
got on the road and was on my way to JFK.
Plan B... This was to simply drive to the airport, park ma car
there and i'll come get it once i return(man proposes....)
about 20 minutes into my drive, just before the first paid
toll, i came to a total stand still. a horrible accident
involving loss of lives happened and the entire North bound
interstate highway #95 was blocked.
I was determined that nothing could stop me so, i took the
only available exit which makes me drive trough some towns in
on getting to a gas station i filled up and while just looking
around, i saw a white guy getting into his pickup truck. so i
Plan C....Asked if he was headed my direction and he replied
in the afirmative. so, i nicely asked if he could drop me off
at JFK. he said he can drop me off In new york then ill find
Without any form of hesitation, i hopped in and we where set
to go. he took longer routes to avoid traffic but with my
calculations, the only way i could make the flight was if he
dropped me off at the airport gate. since i knew i might miss
the flight, i tried changing the schedule on my phone but it
will cost me $800 just to shift my schedule to the next day.
I was able to convince the white guy to drop me off at the
airport gate in exchange for me paying all the tolls and gas
(great gentleman indeed).
10;25pm.... I got to the departure gate. then it was a race
against time. got to the counter and they said boarding is
closed. then this black guy came to me and asked that we race
to the aircraft. Mind you, the airport is like a mini city on
its own.... I ran with him like a mad man and luckily i made
it just when the flight attendant was about to shut the door.
WHEW!!!..... for the next 30 minutes, I was gasping for air
(guess i have to quit smoking ciggaretts....lol)
Had a smooth 6 hour flight and landed in LAX at dawn. got an
airport shuttle which took me into the annoying city of Los
Angeles. dirt and filt all over, with the highest number of
homless crack junkies i have ever seen. mind you, the
California economy alone, rivals some european countries. so
when you complain about something, open your heart and channel
your pains in the right direction (our wicked politicians in
Nigeria come to mind).
After nibling on some real mexican Tacos, washed down well
with some very hot coffee. i was set for the next step. took a
7 hour Greyhound bus ride to Fresno then got on the Amtrak
train ride to Stockton).
3:00pm I landed in Stockton, called the seller and we
concluded our deal. had some problems withrawing the total
amount via the ATM(couldnt use the bank cos it was Martin
Luther King day which is a public holiday). it took us till
around 7pm before we concluded the deal(found other means of
paying up). signed all the papers, said good bye and i left
with the first car.
he kept telling me am crazy and even though i had shown him
all my travel itirinary, he still couldnt believe what was
happening. this is simply because the distance is not
something you just get on the road and think you can make it
in 1 piece.
Anyway, i had this spiritual strenght pushing me cos honestly,
i wasnt thinking. (I SIMPLY KEPT GOING WITH THE FLOW).
Around 8pm, i was done resting so i got in the vehicle and the
intention was to drive back to Los Angeles, buy a second of
the same SUV, connect them together using a tow dolly and get
on the road for an almost 3000 miles trip.
Once again, man proposes....(you know the rest) just about 10
mins into getting on the interstate highway #5, i started
hearing a knocking sound and the vehicle wont just move well.
I looked up into the sky. called on God and felt like God has
totally abandoned me to an up coming misery. if the problem is
what i think it is, then am about to loose about usd $5000
just in 1 deal....DAMN.
the prospect of making $2000 turned into the posibility of
loosing $5000....plus all my efforts.
On getting off the highway, i went into a gas station, did all
the checks familiar to me and couldnt point my finger at any
problem....the knocking sound just kept getting stronger.
A mexican guy walked up to me, said he heard the engine and i
needed to shut down the engine asap.
he called a mechanic (who happens to be his father) and my
greatest fear was confirmed. the engine is f.u.c.ked up. what
do i do
to be continued..........
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by overdrive(m): 8:17pm On Aug 21, 2019|
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 8:24pm On Aug 21, 2019|
please like and share......the message in my story is one i can give my life for.
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by HABRUZZY(m): 8:33pm On Aug 21, 2019|
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by megafaraday(m): 8:53pm On Aug 21, 2019|
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by cyberhike(m): 9:31pm On Aug 21, 2019|
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by Ayomideen(m): 9:55pm On Aug 21, 2019|
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by 11thGoldTREE: 10:22pm On Aug 21, 2019|
Not. A bad narrative. I like your technique
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by 11thGoldTREE: 10:24pm On Aug 21, 2019|
yahamisu:who goes to buy a car and pays fully without testing the ride,?
yahamisu:In your bid to sound intelligent, your stupidity became even more obvious.
You are not a bright young man. You must have took after your father
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 1:05am On Aug 22, 2019|
@mautonmentos....strictly clean tittle from original owners..... I grew out of the auctions....I've worked there before nd I know the nonsense dealers send to you in nigeria cos we sell thru auctions....lol
Nd am not restricted to NYC only....I buy every tittle color all the way to the pick slip....if u do cars, u will know which is nick named the pink slip....
A. Not here to entertain you....i am here to share a true story of my ordeals (more like a testimony)....if you read my write up then you wouldn't ask me such dumb questions.....anyway...its getting late now nd I wanna catch up on today's naija news....will update you all before bedtime....
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 3:21am On Aug 22, 2019|
am here to continue my gist but the page looks too long nd might vanish in comments so....i go open new chapter....same section and same tittle part 2.
meet me on the next page.
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by andrew44444: 3:26am On Aug 22, 2019|
This page is not dry
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 5:01am On Aug 22, 2019|
Earlier that day, On my train ride from Fresno to Stockton, I was busy searching for the second SUV and car tow dolly which i intended attaching to drag the second car for the long trip ahead. (man proposed again but.....you know the rest).
Now am about 2780 miles away from home and the first car i bought has a knocked engine which cant even drive for 1 good hour.
WHAT DO I DO ...................... gotta keep moving>>>>>>>Ahead Ahead kawai!!!>>>>>>
In the thick midst of my fear and confusion of what to do with a knocked engine, i went back on my app to proceed with the second ride and the only one i could get was located back in Los Angeles. My plan to drive there and head straight to the east coast Via AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, and all the southern states got scrapped. so the new plan now is to get to Los Angeles, buy the second Vehicle, go buy the tow dolly then drive back to Stockton and drive through the northern states i.e NV, OR, UT, WY, NE, IA, IL, IN, OH, WV All the way to Baltimore MD.. DAMN!!..i Actually under estimated the trip.
Just so you have an idea of the journey ahead of me...
Flight Distance from Lagos Nigeria to Baltimore MD is 5,406 miles / 8701 km approx.
Flight Time 11 hours, 19 minutes
Now my Current Destination to my bed is as follows.....
Flight Distance from Stockton CA to Baltimore MD is 2,780 miles / 4448 km approx.
Flight Time 6 hours, 00 minutes.
Drive time 1 day 17 hrs...(thats a non-stop drive at an average of +/- 70mph practically impossible)
Anyway, I wasn't about to let anything get on my way, i called the owner of the second vehicle, got an appointment for the next day. so i booked a Direct Greyhound bus to Los mamacita....andele ariba!!
unknown to me the bus station in Stockton gets closed after 10pm so all intending travelers have to wait outside for the bus. mind you, this was in January and even though California doesn't get that cold, winter nights, especially in the northern parts, the cold strikes with extreme vexation...(little did i know that this cold was just a look-warm feel compared to what was coming ahead).
The bus delayed. kept us longer in the cold but thank Goodness we had an armed security guard to watch the passengers (I no sabi fight, i no get gun and with this kind cold, where you wan run go if gbege set?)
Day 3 .... Bright and shinning morning. i woke up just before getting to the final stop. did all my run around down town, went to the bank, got cash and headed to the second seller. only for me to get there and realize its a dealership. damn, so i have to pay dealership charges and some stupid expenses. couldnt back out of the deal at this point so i paid all the addition costs which chowed into my profit....
Well, I got the Vehicle, paperwork complete, filled up ma tank and got on the highway for a 6 hour trip of almost 400 miles back to stockton. got there late in the evening due to some traffic, accidents enroute, funny crazy people on the way and i was tooooo damn tired. sleeping in planes, trains, buses, i checked maself into a Hotel and passed out without even bathing.
Day 4..... Well rested and just ready to push on. i woke up at about 9am and with the back up services of my uber app, i took both cars to the mechanic. had to remove the tow package on Vehicle 1 (the one with a knocked engine) and attach to the second car i just bought. this was a job of about 2 hours. i went from one mechanic shop to another and as usual, they kept insisting i booked an appointment to do anything (the norm with white people).
"Them say person way dey ask question, no dey loss". after spending the whole day going from one mechanic to the other, I finally bumped into the Mexican Locals and was directed to a mechanic park. they had all types of repair guys in a big complex with rewires, paint, body job e.t.c I explained everything i needed but have to wait till the next day cos it was getting late.(just imagine, they open all business at 10am nd close at 5pm....totally different from our lagos-like life style in the east coast). getting late, booked into another hotel.
Day 5..... before going to bed the previous night, something prompted me to do a quick weight and balance check which i am very glad i did.(got aviation credentials and each trip involves a flight plan which carries all weights, balances e.t.c). Got to the shop earlier than 10am and waited on the mechanic. due to the excess weight the tow dolly was gonna add, i ditched that and just bought a tow bar (triangular shaped iron rods used to tow cars).
At exactly 1pm, both the wiring and mechanical work was complete and i was about to hit the road....
i gotta share some pictures with you guys to you have a slight idea of all thats past so far before proceeding to the main trip....
to be continued.
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 5:38am On Aug 22, 2019|
1st pic is one of a crazy guys in the road....read his placard.....lol.... would you give a guy like that money?
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 5:42am On Aug 22, 2019|
I added gas costs in those areas...
Those of you living in the east coast, if you think gas is expensive in NYC, well think again...see the crazy price I kept paying for gas
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 6:06am On Aug 22, 2019|
Am sleepy now....will continue in the morning...
By the way, if your interested In reading on, go to youtube.com just search for "I80 Wyoming in winter"
That's one of the most dangerous highways in the world... nd here I am with 2 SUVs connected to each other on the same weight nd about to face it the road.
Good night y'all
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by cutegentility(m): 6:10am On Aug 22, 2019|
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by Mautonmentos(m): 12:41pm On Aug 22, 2019|
I'd be using the car in NY and thus registering it, I'm not importing to Nigeria
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 4:13pm On Aug 22, 2019|
Done with both cars getting connected mechanically, electrically , oil & filter changed, gas tank filled my stomach was well cared for. (didnt know what i was up against but at least, i knew having a strong stomach would always come in handy).
Just when i was about to drive off, while adding finishing touches cos i really dont want anything making me stop on the highway and having the cops tow any of the suvs. A white county cop pulled right by my side and said he saw me connecting both cars but 1 of the suvs was resting on a side walk. before i could even get out the car to reason with him, he stretched his hand to hand me a ticket for violating a side walk.... (which kind rubbish be this? additional unplanned $43 just like that?).
Oh well, the journey commenced. I have never seen, heard or read about snow in California and to my surprise, about 2 hours into my trip (Approaching the hills after Sacramento), i started seeing the snow up in the mountains...my journey immediately switched from open flat roads to non-stop hilly climbs. I ignored the road condition and kept trying to push up the hills at 45mph. (the speed limit there was 80mph max and most hilly places had 40mph minimum) so if you are higher on the speed, you get a ticket, driving slower than 40, you also get a ticket....Eish!!
I couldnt stress the vehicle cos it was pulling its exact same weight up high elevations. Remember the second car cant help cos of the bad engine so my only hope was with the current car and it had the check engine, VSC and numerous other warning lights turned on already.
NEVADA : From the afternoon time i got into the car, I drove throughout the day and night with only stops at gas stations. I lost tack of time and my only sense of direction was to remain on the interstate #i80. from the moment i started seeing Casinos, in every corner and slot machines even in gas stations i knew i was going through the state of Nevada(gambling state capital of the world)...
OREGUN, IDAHO AND UTAH: Drove through mountains, valleys, tunnels, skinny bridges but the biggest problem is that i kept going deeper into the snow covered territories while using the inertia of downhills to build up some speed then managing through the climbs. I saw villages completely covered in snow. the good side however, that region of the country had the biggest snow plow trucks i've ever seen, and they where busy clearing the snow and spraying snow salt on a 24/7 basis. In fact, i was the only small sized vehicle i could see around. the road only had huge 18 wheeler trailers, petrol product tankers and ups/fedex road trains.....
Wyoming : A white truck driver walked up to me while i was gassing up in the first gas station in Wyoming without knowing a thing about the state. he looked round and said to me.
Truck driver: What direction you going?
me: am headed to Baltimore
Truck driver : Baltimore Ohio?
Me: No, Baltimore Maryland
Truck driver : Maaaaaan, you lost your mind?
me: No, why?
Truck driver : you know your about to face the highway to heaven, climb through the summit mountains known as the 3 sisters and wind is currently at + 65mph with a forecast for a complete blizzard tonight?
Me : WHAT??
Truck driver : if i wher you, id check into that motel indefinitely untill the weather is all clear (he said that while pointing to a motel by the side of the gas station in the middle of no where).
Me : I will surely do that. thank you very much.
He spent a considerable amount of time with me chatting and questioning how i even made it this far cos even truck drivers are scared of the route..After some time, a few more people just kept coming close to see my setup and ask what was wrong with me to have driven through the night on those roads.
In the middle of the night, a somewhat hurricane -like wind started blowing, the whole building was shaking and the sound of the wind was loud (almost bursting my Eustachian tube).
If you know anything about the weather, you would know that no matter how hard a weather gets over the day or night, the mornings are always calm. for that reason, i woke up early when the wind was calm and faced the road.
About 50miles into my trip on that day, i got close to the ELK mountains, Laramie county in Wyoming, the climb became intense and the engine was struggling to keep up. felt like the second car being towed was pulling me back. thats more like 200 % drag at the moment.
SUDDENLY !!! the tires started screeching and sliding to the side. After a few tries to keep the wheels moving straight, Vehicle came to a full stop. the tires only kept rotating but no movement. stepping out of the car, i could hardly walk upright cos the ice on the road was maaaaaaaad (if you know what i mean).
The cold was too much, the roads is empty and am in the middle of no where, stuck with 2 cars and to top my cake with icen, my 2 phones had no network so calling 911 or anybody for help was out of the question.
The question now is.... What brought me to this point?
see few pictures i took before getting stuck to have an idea of all i drove through.
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by Nig4Greatness: 4:45pm On Aug 22, 2019|
Well done!!!. In as much I understand making a business decision can be tricky at times but on this one,I don't know if I should applaud your bravery and doggedness so far or if I should question your judgment.Why taking on this risky and costly adventure when there's a shipping port in Oakland CA there.this whole trip shouldn't have cost you more than a day or two.
That Wyoming highway is very dangerous not because of bad road or fears of being robbed but you will have to drive almost 8hrs with no telephone or internet services and God forbid your vehicle breaks down,don't expect police to come to your rescue.you won't even see any police presence on that route except air patrol by helicopter.
Taking this kind of ventures is not always the best.the cons at times surpass the pros.i wish you the best.
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 5:09pm On Aug 22, 2019|
If you followed from the beginning, I stated it clear that I never knew what I was getting into.
Before heading on that trip, I've done alot of travel across the country nd i know how i make my pay.
No 2 trips are same and God truly wanted to show me something powerful.
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by Nig4Greatness: 5:13pm On Aug 22, 2019|
Are you still on the trip or it has been concluded.??
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|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by hammed71(m): 5:19pm On Aug 22, 2019|
really enjoying your story
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 6:45pm On Aug 22, 2019|
Yo...if you can me such a question then it means you never even read the story
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by salford: 7:11pm On Aug 22, 2019|
yahamisu:OMG....you did not test drive. i guess thats one of the risk of business.
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by salford: 7:23pm On Aug 22, 2019|
Nig4Greatness:it seems the trip was in winter or close or could be cos of driving through high elevation (mountain) areas. Mountain region do have strange weathers.
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by yahamisu: 7:31pm On Aug 22, 2019|
The 3rd picture was the nicer side of where I got stuck....couldn't take pictures while stuck nd I'll explain further in my concluding part
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by otokx(m): 7:35pm On Aug 22, 2019|
It appears you did not do any risk assessment.
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by Nig4Greatness: 8:32pm On Aug 22, 2019|
Your posts has no timelines.am.not sure when it was actually done..obviously I didn't read the trouble part but it's all good.
Thank God for safety.lessons to be learnt.
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by selemempe: 11:13pm On Aug 22, 2019|
yahamisu:fulani herdsmen or wadume kidnap squard dey that road so? If not...then park bro...nothing do u
|Re: Escaping Death: My Journey Through America by Emmyk(m): 1:23am On Aug 23, 2019|
Nig4Greatness:I think I saw February somewhere on his post.
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