Have you ever been left stranded, trying to figure out a way to get home?

United States
March 31, 2013 2:19pm CST
What did you do? How did you feel? Did you manage to get home ok? That was me yesterday. The hubby wouldn't come and pick me up after work and like I've told him many times, the buses to where we live don't run in the weekends. I sat around for a bit trying to figure out if other buses come by our area or close by. Found out that one bus which was due in an hours time, gets me half of the way home. At that time it was already after 630pm. Decided I would walk the rest of the way once he dropped me off at the right point. I didn't want to waste money on a taxi that's why I decided to walk 7 miles home, with a sore achilles I might add. 2 hours later, almost 9:30pm or thereabouts I finally got home. I was upset that my husband didn't want to come and get me, nor did he care that it was night time before I walked through the door. As soon as I got in, I made myself dinner, showered and went straight to bed. Just as well the weather was lovely and it wasn't cold. Next time, I'm taking my walking/running shoes so if I have to do this again, I'll be more prepared!
18 responses
@allknowing (55805)
• India
1 Apr 13
I am no good in directions. Missing my way is a way of life with me! I need to be at a place a million times to get to know the directions.
• United States
1 Apr 13
haha I don't know about a million times, but I do know what you mean. I have to visit a place several times too to get it lol
@allknowing (55805)
• India
1 Apr 13
Once my friend had turned up at my place - a place new to her. She sat at the wheel and asked me for directions to go to the beach. She was upset with me because she had to go in circles to finally land up!
@allknowing (55805)
• India
1 Apr 13
typo Please read as 'One of my friends....'
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Mar 13
It's horrible being stranded like that. It's happened to me a few times but the one time I remember was the worst. Many, many years ago I tried (with my 2 friends) to get into a gig that was in licensed premises. I - stupidly - told the guy signing us in that I WASN'T 18. If I'd said I was he would've sent me straight through, which he'd already done with my friends - who - incidentally, WEREN'T 18 EITHER. I tried pointing this fact out but I never got anywhere..and my 'friends' weren't prepared to come after me either..so, I had to make my way home all alone. No way was I waiting for them to come back out again (they had a lift from one of their parents if memory serves but that parent wasn't around when I wasn't let in). Lancaster is around 60 miles away from Blackpool, where I lived at the time. Fortunately, the bus station wasn't a million miles away from the venue so I walked there and found the stop for the bus I needed. I had to wait ages for the bus, upset and frustrated that my friends had been let into the gig and I was sat there like a lemon! To add insult to injury the driver of the bus said, 'Are you a half?' and I shouted 'NO, I'M BLOODY NOT!' and paid full price for the journey home lol. I was fortunate that he let me off the bus at a stop near my home, otherwise I would've had to make my way back home from the local bus station as well. I remember crying all the way home, sat at the back of the bus. Not surprisingly, I fell out with my friends after that.
• United States
31 Mar 13
Oh I would have been most upset too especially if my friends didn't want to come back out. Glad you were able to get home safely!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Mar 13
It was partly my fault for not saying I was 18 but..you live and learn my friend..and I have too.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
Oh my i would have been very pissed off if that happened to me and i would have really belt it out on my hubby if he did not come pick me up at night! Glad you still was able to come home safe and sound and i hope you do rest now, i know how painful walking that far can be! though it never happened to me YET lol but i hope it won't too!
• United States
1 Apr 13
I was really angry with him. I can understand if he was sick or something, he did have gout in his knee but he was up and about that morning. Sometimes he can be really selfish. I'm even more determined to get my drivers license now so I can take the car!!!
@squallming (1778)
• Malaysia
31 Mar 13
I did somehow get left alone before. My parents was divorced a very long time ago. That time I was still schooling and it was some issue with my mother and her boyfriend. They were quarreling with me for some very small reason. Though I was not the one to be blamed entirely, so I had stronger point. They couldn't win talking with me so they asked me to get off the car in the middle of the road which I did. It was night time and at the foot of a small hill which the surrounding was only trees and some broken streetlights. I was still a teenager and I have to admit that I was quite scared. It was quite dark and quiet with very few cars would pass by that place. However, I knew that I no longer have a family, that I am destined to suffer being born in that family. So I make myself strong and walked back to the house which my mom and her boyfriend were staying. It was a few hours journey and I told myself that one day I shall pay back all the suffering that I had to go through. One day.
• United States
1 Apr 13
I'm sorry you had to go through that ordeal squallming. Very harsh if you tell me. Can't believe they told you to get out of the car!
• United States
31 Mar 13
If anyone would leave me stranded I would most surly fight them.. I would be so pissed being paranoid walking that distance home. I would loose it and curse them so bad they would want to hit me. I don't think I would ever speak to them again either. my man now is a mess at times. but he would drive any where if I were stranded. he takes me all over.
• United States
1 Apr 13
I was really upset while walking home. I was trying to be nice about the whole thing but as I got closer and closer to home I was getting more angrier, and upset too. What hurt most is that it sounded like he didn't really care how I got home.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
31 Mar 13
Wow! I'm so sorry you had to walk so far! What was your husband's excuse for not picking you up? I can't believe anyone could be so cold and, believe me, my husband can be cold but he would at least pick me up if I were stranded. I think my worst "stranded" story would be years ago, before I married my current husband. My car blew a piston 180 miles from my home, on an interstate highway. I was extremely fortunate that a state roads worker came along and called for a tow truck for me. I had no cell phone. The tow truck took me to a motel. I wondered how I was going to get home from there. I had the money for the motel (this was nighttime, already dark) so that part was okay. I decided to call my ex husband. He had a temper on him but he LOVED to chew people out. I knew he couldn't resist chewing me out for being so "stupid" as to drive so far away in a car I hadn't had a mechanic go over first. Geesh. I mean, who does that??? Anyway, he couldn't resist and, yep, the next morning he showed up with a tow bar attached to his truck to tow my car home. And, yes, he chewed me out for 180 miles. I just closed my ears and enjoyed the sights of the ride home. lol
• United States
1 Apr 13
His excuse was because of gout in the knee. I mean he was fine when he drove my son to his bowling game that morning so I didn't understand, why all of a sudden he couldn't come and pick me up. I think its best I learn how to drive so I can take the car when I need it and so i wont have to rely on him to get me when things like this happen. I'm glad your ex was still able to come and help you even though he is your ex lol
• Canada
31 Mar 13
i have and many people get caught in this situation more often than they may like. i dont have a car or anyone i can really call so when i miss a bus or get stuck then im really stuck. there have been many, many days of walking home for over 2 hours because i got myself stranded. the worst case ive ever experienced was a few years back, i was still under 18, and weent to toronto to present a project for school. i went by myself. i did that a lot so i didnt think of it as a big deal. i took the greyhound in (regualr procedure) and walked around toronto to get to the places i needed to. i aced my presentation and when i rreached the bus station to go home i realized that i not only didnt have any cash on me but didnt have any money on my debit (in the chequing or savings account). i also was having trouble with money at the time so I had no room on my VISA. i called my dad for help, but he was out of the country and couldnt come and pick me up. so i called my boyfriend but he wasnt answering (was busy at work i suppose). i tried western union but they wouldnt help me bc i didnt have a good enough jkob and was young, the bank was closed bc it was a sunday and i was helpless. i ended up sitting at the greyhound bus terminal for 3 hours, crying until i got in touch with my boyfriend who talked to the service agent at greyhound for over 20 minutes to try and pay for my bus home. that was quite the experiecne and really changed my outlook for those who need a ride home :p your story seems tiring xp i hate when buses dont run a schedule. the one bus route on my street is either early or late but never on time. so annoying!
• United States
31 Mar 13
oh my 3 hours long. I would have been most upset too. I'm glad you finally got hold of your boyfriend to help you get home. If I had known which streets to take going home, the walk may have been shorter. I had to keep checking the maps on my phone but it was using the battery up fast. I had to turn my phone off from time to time because I didn't want the battery to run out in case if anything happened I could still use it. Bus timetables are horrible especially in areas where they don't frequently run. The fact that I had no support from my husband what so ever, made it even more upsetting. Thanks for sharing your story!
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
31 Mar 13
I once had to walk more than 20 kilometers to get back to my home. It was during the weekend and there were very few buses and I missed the last bus. The place that I visited was a small island and it was impossible to find a taxi there so I decided to walk all the way back to my home. It was a real challenge to find the way back because I had to pass several villages and I had to walk through some forests. I was very happy that I didn't have to walk back at night, because it would have been much harder to find that right way if had been dark and I also have been worried about my safety if I had to walk through those areas after dark. My ex-boyfriend and I didn't have a car, and I wasn't able to ask him to pick me up, so walking all the way back was the only option.
• United States
31 Mar 13
Oh wow, 12 miles that's a very long walk. Glad you made it home safely thought. I would have been ok about it if I had the right shoes and my achilles tendon wasn't sore - had injured it a week or so ago.
• Jacksonville, Florida
31 Mar 13
That is a terrible feeling. I'm sorry your husband did that to you, how awful! =( I was at a party when I was 18 years old. A guy tried to rape me. I got away from him, but my friend was sleeping with another guy in the other room. I told her what happened and I needed her to take me home. She would not go because she was with that guy. I called a taxi because it was 30 minutes driving from where I lived and it was 12am so I knew it would not be safe if I walked alone. So, another guy at that party was nice enough to give me the money to get me home. I was a little short but the driver was so nice and said don't worry about it. Thank God! I was scared out of my mind! I escaped being raped but then I was scared about how I was getting home... It was horrible. One of the worst experiences I have faced actually...
• United States
31 Mar 13
I am so sorry that happened to you. I can't believe your friend wouldn't help you and all she cared about was sleeping with that guy. I'm glad you managed to get home safely and that others were there to help you.
@maximax8 (27048)
31 Mar 13
I used to live in a village called Bridge in Kent. It was three miles from from the city of Canterbury. Canterbury had two train stations called Canterbury East and Canterbury West. My local village station was two miles away along narrow country lanes. The bus service had a gap from 19.00 to 23.00. So if I came back to Canterbury at 20.00 I had a long wait, felt stranded or had a tiring walk. The street was lit then it was complete darkness until I got to Bridge. On a trip I took a bus and it didn't take me to the border. I came back to the bus station feeling lost. I asked in a loud voice if anyone spoke English. A 15 year old Polish boy said yes. He helped me find the bus to go to the border. I was able to travel to Poland then. I saw the boy again in Poland. He and I became pen pals.
• United States
31 Mar 13
That was nice of the Poland boy to help you out when you needed it. Even better now that you both are pen pals. How neat.
@2aero2 (60)
• United States
31 Mar 13
yeah this kind of thing has happen to me a couple times but one time stands out in my mind. One time i went to go to the movies, alone... after the movie i waited in front, for my ride but no one ever came, and as the hours ticked by i got scared, pretty soon it was going to be dark and i didnt have a cell phone, findly i found someone to lend me there phone after flagging them down, some people just walked past me like i didnt even exist and findly got my aunt to come get me. im not sure what i would have done if it became night time, i was really worried i was lost in the world it was aweful, i think i was 16.
• United States
31 Mar 13
Glad to hear you were able to get in touch with our Aunt. Nice to know some people are willing to help when in need.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
7 Apr 13
yes,when the typhoon hit my country and heavy rain and massive flood started,i still got homed,i was thankful during that time because i still had enough money so that can travel in other ways going to my house to avoid floods in some areas here.
• Canada
1 Apr 13
Hi Maddy That was quite the day you had, I would of been very upset if my husband wouldn't of picked me up and scared oh my you were brave to walk all that way. I am glad you made it home safe and sound.
@eagletrek2 (4979)
• Kingston, New York
1 Apr 13
Hi in my area when it snow the county bus stop all the buses, while I was at work at that time I did not have a car. so I had a 2hr walk in the snow. some time I"M useing walking that route the buses in my area do not run on sunday but i still have to work.that why I use my tax return and got a use car. that solved my probelm.
• Japan
1 Apr 13
Oh yea this happened to me couple months ago. My hubby bought me a car and really excited to drive so I drive around and notice that the road I am driving is not familiar to me anymore. So I called hubby and made him like my gps and feel like forever driving around hahaha glad to get home safe tho.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 13
Looking back now there is certainly NO way I'd ever hitchhike like I did back then, but I guess back then things were more safer, relaxed than they are now. I remember when I was about 17, I went into London to a party, I went on my own and found the place ok, I didn't drink back then either, but still I had a good time, and I was worried about getting back, the last trains etc. Well you know what it's like when you are enjoying yourself you don't notice the time, I went into another room to get a drink and noticed the time, it was half past twelve, well I had no time to hang around I rushed out, and found the nearest tube station, got to the central station and just made it by minutes, the last train. Trouble is, I fell asleep on the train! By the time I had realized my mistake the last train had gone, and the next train was 8 o clock, being a Sunday. I didn't know where I was, fortunately a driver stopped and asked if I was alright, it was a woman so I felt ok, and she drove me all the way home, she was my good samaritan for sure. If it hadn't of been for her I don't know how I would have got home and how I would have explained it to my parents!
@emily7339 (1340)
• Malaysia
1 Apr 13
I am sorry for you having to walk such a long distance home in the night. I could not understand why your hubby allow you to walk home in that situation. Didn't he think it is dangerous for a lady to walk home for two hours? I would be paranoid of that. But, I am glad that you make it home safely. I am fortunate that I have never experienced this in my life.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
There are streets in our city that gets flooded during the rainy season. And while I was still in College, I had several experiences of being stranded in the middle of the street coz of the vehicles who stopped moving due to the flood which was almost as high as half of the height of a car. There was one incident that I had to walk on that long stretch just to be able to get to see my mom who fetched me. Good thing that lines were not affected. It was really a long walk. I was in white uniform them and the flood water was about up to my thigh!