While Icelanders recover from the flood caused by glacier-bound volcano Eyjafjallajokull's eruption -- and laugh themselves silly at our attempts to pronounce it -- board-bag toting travelers are some of the many miserables grounded by the cloud of ash.
Just one of the unlucky many, Germany's favorite snow son, David Benedek, emailed me from the road: "Writing this on a frigging bus ride from Oslo to Munich on my second day of consecutive traveling. %^ ash cloud ... Well, hopefully only another five hours or so and I could be home."
Flights are starting to resume after six days of airport cots and crying tots but our friends at Mountain Rideshare wanted to alert the public to their road-based service to try and get folks home:
"By buddying up with others who are making their journeys by road, waiting times to get on flights could be reduced, allowing people to get back to their everyday lives or to their ski resort of choice," said Mountain Rideshare's Dinesh Jethwa (aka 'Tosh'). "Using Mountain Rideshare could potentially save people money on rebooking last minute flights whilst at the same time making friends and traveling in an environmentally friendlier way."
Mountain Rideshare is based in mountain mecca Chamonix, France during the season and Tosh has spoken with a number of stranded travelers whose plans have been tweaked. One woman had a new job starting in the UK Monday, only to find out the earliest she could return was Wednesday -- by bus.
A post on another ride share board included a plea from a dog owner asking anyone to drive his hound from Copenhagen, Denmark to Chamonix as a result of the ash cloud's flight restrictions. (Hey, better a real dog than some hippie who just smells like one, right?)
"I have already received several emails from people not limited to, but including skiers and snowboarders, who have successfully managed to buddy up with others, making alternative journeys by road," says Tosh. "Many of these people are traveling within Europe. Although Mountain Rideshare is aimed at mountain enthusiasts, the site can prove useful to anyone who might be making journeys by road. This would include any location that may be on the route to, or from ski resorts anywhere in the world."
If you know someone who has been stranded by that ash cloud, get them to look into Mountain Rideshare stat.