Saturday, January 13, 2007

Observations on the road

1. The folks driving fastest in dense fog are the ones who don't have their lights on.

2. Ditto for heavy downpours.

3. The best time to drive through Houston is 9:30 on a Saturday morning. Sunday may be better. The morning of New Year's Day is the best (from personal experience).

4. People have forgotten what the words yield/merge mean on interstate entrance ramps.

5. Sideview mirrors are apparently fashion accessories for cars that are not to be used--especially when not yielding at entrance ramps on the interstate.

6. The heaviest rains occur as soon as you pull into the campground. Which is not a problem if you have a motorhome. We have a fifth wheel trailer.

We were about 40 miles from our stopping point today when suddenly the windshield fogged up. I glanced at the dashboard temperature gauge (yes, we have toys) and watched the outside temperature drop from 78 to 64 to 51 in a matter of a few minutes. The cold front had found us. We are settled in finally and all snuggly warm while the rain pours down outside. Checking tomorrow's weather forecast for Junction, TX, our next destination, we see that the Weather Channel is predicting doom and gloom--inches of freezing rain and cold, cold temperatures. We'll watch and see what happens and if necessary we'll stay put for another day and just drive a much longer stretch when the weather is better. After all, driving on I-10 in Texas west of the hill country is going to be pretty boring whether you're driving 4 hours or 6 hours and traffic is pretty light out in that section of the state. But I am anxious to get back to the land of the sunshine and shorts. Rain and cold, get thee behind me.

Stay warm, y'all.

1 comment:

Coll said...

Just this evening I heard mention of some pretty bad ice storms in the States. Please be careful. I love the fog.. but not to drive in.

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