So there I was, hurtling down US 74 W at 65 mph. Cruise control on as the road is a straight as an arrow and not too busy.
And I had stopped at the start of US 74 W in order to get a cup of McDonald's most excellent plain coffee. (I do not like flavored coffees at all). I had the medium cup of coffee and as I said, I was hurtling down the highway when I again lifted the cup to my lips for a sip and lo! I inhaled it instead. Oh, there is not a lot quite as horrible while traveling down the road as the act of inhaling a liquid into your windpipe and consequently, choking horribly.
Tears pouring out of my eyes half blinding me, I take the cruise control off and slow to as slow a speed as I could in as short a time period as possible. I tried to find any decent widening to pull off to finish coughing my entire insides up and then to gasp for breath.
No such luck and just trying to get air into my lungs was some serious work. Finally I got some trickles of air through my gaping maw into my coffeed lungs..that was as sweet a relief as I have experienced in my life. Still couldn't pull over so I crept on down the highway little knowing (or seeing) what passing vehicles passengers saw or thought.
I continued to cough up coffee for quite a few miles and then I was clearing my throat almost constantly. But I could breath. Man, I hate it when that happens. I was very careful with the rest of the coffee.