The Tallahassee family shares a nightmarish journey from Northern Virginia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Coming home from the New Year’s holidays has become a nightmare for thousands of people on I-95 in Virginia. The icy roads turned the highway into a parking lot. The trips, in some cases, lasted several days.

A Tallahassee family was in this unenviable position this week. Tasha Pizarro, with her husband, two children and her dog, spent 36 hours trying to get home after a vacation trip to Northern Virginia.

“Before we left, there was no indication it was going to be that bad,” she said.

Pizarro owns the popular ‘Momma P’s Ice Cream’ truck.

The family left for home at 10:30 am Monday morning. Overnight snowfall was not a major concern. The locals are used to bouncing back, but not this time.

“We did about 18 miles in 9 hours,” she said.

Every inch tested the family’s faith.

“Patience, lots of prayer, we made family and friends pray for us. As if every foot is a new obstacle, ”she said.

After that frustrating stretch of I-95, the family was able to escape and spend the night in a Best Buy parking lot, using the free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with the family.

Long before sunrise on Tuesday, the family adopted a different strategy, taking a side road that had been cleared instead of the freeway. Slowly, they made progress.

Pizarro is grateful to have a family ready to persevere.

“Choose who you put on your team, in your family, if you are in the car for 36 hours you have to be supportive, encouraging,” she said.

She was grateful for the warm blankets and the extra food the family always brings on winter trips up north.

After all, coming home can turn out to be more memorable than the vacation itself.

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