IH40 from Arizona into Oklahoma, today. Almost 600-miles of:
- 20 to 30/mph headwind.
- precipitation as rain, snow & sleet.
- record low temps forecast.
You’d best believe that of the more than two dozen wrecks I saw today that a CB radio would have been early warning or how to ask advice on how to drive for nearly every one of them.
A long day at the wheel. And a long one on the air.
Eldo828, the worst of it were the two rest areas east of the ‘dillo at MM 130. Eight (8) in five miles. Either side of that 3,000’ ridge. Sheet-ice.
Y’all can put out a sign on the EB downslope, make it official: “Gupta Gorge”.
The related brainiacs were panicking and pulling off on exit ramps to park the rest of the way to Shamrock. Oughter be fun tomorrow trying to climb those slopes to the crossover . . . and make it back down the other side given the worsening forecast.
But really cool wreck was the guy WHO JUMPED A HILL with tractor and trailer on the WB side just west of the EB rest area. That kept us talking all the way into Oklahoma (makes my day the Erick Scale is closed).
Evel Kneivals Great-Nephew.
Think I’m not leaving the big rest area till two hours past sunrise. Down here at a cozy 2,000’ feet after a day mainly above 6,000’.
Boys, there ain’t nothing like a nice long grunt in a 20F portable shitter after a day like that.
Glad you made it safe across this blizzard part of the country. Things are worse today, wrecks, power lines down and the ice is several inches thick on most roads with several closed down. The company won't let us drive in it so for the time being it's at the house not making any money. They're calling for more ice and snow and not clearing out until Friday so by then I'll be like a dog out of his kennel when I hit that gate grabbing gears.
Keep America moving but stay safe in doing so Slowmover
fo yo info its decent in mo.remember im bout 35 miles northeast o the i44 at state line areaI’m taking my SLOW time this morning.
5-hours over 10-hour break.
Let the early birds prep the road.
Word is from here to OKC is the same (stay right lane).
East of city, supposed to be better.
I’ll aim at Joplin, MO. Not many miles but good enough.
MO hills on IH44 need another day of warmth.
Radio is pretty quiet as Ive had leisurely breakfast.
Break out winter clothing, etc.
Glad now I didn’t stop at Amarillo. Took an extra hour to get this far due to worsened conditions.
Keeping 21,000 of America’s beer cans safe.
Edit: Down to 1500’ at Clinton. Snow, not ice. Dirty, but easy. 32F at 1115.