The friends had their phones to play games and talk to family members to pass the time. They were able to stretch out in their van, but when you sit in a vehicle for 15 hours, it can get a little “scary,” Mussser said.
Musser said he slept about 20 minutes during the 15 hours while they were stranded.
“I don’t sleep while I’m traveling anyway. Rich and Bob slept off and on, more than I did,” he said. “When the sun came out, there were guardian angels bringing food, water and snacks.”
The first people the men saw were two teenage girls “who came up to us and handed out Hostess Ho Hos, bananas and bottled water. The people in Atlanta were amazing,” he said. “Some of them had to walk more than a quarter of a mile to get to those stranded. We saw 30 to 40 people and nobody wanted any money for it. Everybody was pretty helpful. The Atlanta people responded very nicely.”
Musser said he doesn’t blame the mayor of Atlanta for the massive gridlock.
“The blame belongs to Mother Nature,” he said. “We didn’t see any accidents. We were surrounded by semis. It’s kind of surreal and crazy, now that we’re here (in Florida).”
What did people do when they nature called?
“There was no where to go. You do what you have to do. We went around a truck and did our business, it’s easier for men,” Musser said. “We saw a couple cars with women who had put up towels or whatever to cover the windows.”
He joked about their time spent together while being cooped up.
“We got out a couple hours before we go on each other’s nerves,” Musser said laughing. “It’s funny now but not at the time. But — I did win the pool. We had a pool on the time we would get going again. I bet on 3 p.m. All of a sudden, we started moving. We went five miles at 6 mph, but we were moving. It’s an experience we’ll talk about for a long time.”