The Second Day of Christmas

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Arkansas flooding, I-30 shutdown diverted to the access road.

0630am central time

I woke Devin up today and again he’s speaking in a language that I have yet to recognize. The rain hasn’t let up today, in fact its gotten worse. The weather channel is calling for flooding so we have to get out of the area as soon as possible, so as not to get stuck here. After seeing what Oklahoma has to offer we decide to completely change the route and go through Texas and across the bottom of the US to get to Cali. I’ve never driven in west Texas and I’m looking forward to it.

We jump in the car and head down the rainy road, grabbing breakfast from the cooler we packed. As we go down the road the radio is indicating that the highway is shut down and that its diverting to the access road. When we come to that section of highway the flooding is bad and starting to even spill across the access road. Looking to the left there is a motel and you can see only the roofs of cars. You can’t help but feel bad for people who just wanted a nights sleep after driving all day and now this. The only way to get out of this weather is to head into it and come out the other side.

We have managed to out run the Arkansas rain and we’re headed south hopefully to better weather although I see it may snow close to Fort Worth. Since when does it snow in Texas, LOL.

330pm

Ok…..so I had a choice to make in Dallas it started to snow lightly and I could have avoided it by turning south to San Antonio BUT…..I didn’t. I decided to head down I-20 into what I thought would be light snow. But it got a little worse than I thought and since TX isn’t quite prepared for snow it amplified the issue. Thus far we have seen a minimum of 30 cars on the sides of the roads and ditches, and literally just avoided a pileup that I saw happen in the rear view mirror to the cars right behind me. We drive for a while longer away from most towns when we see a sign that says the highway is shut down and turn around to find lodging. Ummm….they must not know what is behind us. Everyone is stopped on the highway but Dev and I are singing Christmas carols and telling jokes, a little weather isn’t going to drag down our spirits on this trip. Eventually they detour traffic onto a back street, I’ll bypass the telling of this road by saying it was tense to say the lease. As we come out the other side of the road we are past the shutdown section of the highway but its dark now and EVERYTHING is ice. After trying down a section of highway, or should I say sliding, I decide its time to call it a night at the very next exit. All of the hotels are full here and there are a minimum of 70 cars here waiting until the morning to leave. So we fill up the tank and find a spot in the hotel parking lot, roll some up towels in the window and walla we have the privacy to sleep. We’ll keep the car on all night to keep the heat up.

This is Christmas Eve and “Do you see what I see” is playing on the radio. Devin and I talked about what the reason for Christmas was, how Mary and Joseph we’re turned away from hotels and had to sleep in the cold. Tonight gives us a new appreciation for what it must have been like. Tonight there is no tree, no cookies, no milk, no presents, but we have something that to us is far more important and real. Each other.

Now you may think that after todays events our spirits would be down but there is something more powerful on this trip. Our spirits are high, there is lots of laughing and we have met and talked to so many people tonight that are just happy to be in good company, it’s amazing. Everyone at the gas station and parking lot is smiling and friendly. This is the spirit of America that so many people miss. I’m glad we are here tonight.

Dalmia says:
I am enjoying this adventure! :)
Posted on: Dec 26, 2009
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