WE STARTED OUR DAY OFF WITH A COLD WET SNOWY MORNING
When out with Pheebs at 4:45 a.m. the weather did not look very promising. An hour later looking up through one of our skylights Kelly said', ‘I think it’s snowing.’ Lifting the window blind beside my chair I was able to confirm she was correct. With temperatures hovering at 32 degrees it was 7:30 when we rolled out of the Home Depot parking lot and up onto I-69 heading south. Twenty minutes later we blew through Fort Wayne Indiana in a cloud of wet snow. Highways were wet and salted but there were slippery spots.
ONE HAD TO BE ON TOP OF THEIR DRIVING GAME THIS MORNING
Snow flurries picked up north of Indianapolis and about 9:45 we began merging with big city traffic but luckily it was Saturday morning and light. Indianapolis generally chews us up and spits us out and this morning was no exception when we missed a westbound ramp and ended up touring past Indy’s downtown skyscrapers. That’s the second time this has happend to us and despite some choice words coming from the driver’s seat we made it through Okay and headed west out of town on I-70.
MAKING OUR WAY WEST THROUGH THE CENTER OF INDIANAPOLIS THIS MORNING
First rest area we came to we barreled in and shut things down for awhile to give our nerves a break. Kelly rustled up a couple of tuna salad sandwiches and brewed up some coffee. Still snowing but not as heavy and checking the weather map we could where we would soon be driving out of the winter weather mess we had been in all morning. No problem with visibility so after a bit we were on our way again. Traffic was still on the light side and the absence of many trucks was a welcome break compared to the norm. Our destination today was Effingham Illinois and south a few miles to a little place called Watson.
STOPPED AT A REST AREA WEST OF INDIANAPOLIS AND I SURE AM HOPING WE HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF THE SNOW
KELLY THROWS A STICK FOR PHEEBS
KEEPING IT BETWEEN THE YELLOW LINES COMING OUT OF THE REST AREA
I wrote the above 3 paragraphs at the Rest Stop we were at. Minutes after we left there the snow stopped and another 5 miles down the road I was surprised to see the pavement totally dry. Skies brightened up and we actually had the first of a couple dozen sun splashes all the way to just south of Effingham where this post is coming to you from tonight.
‘HOLY SMOKES’ SNOW FLURRIES HAVE ENDED AND WE ARE ACTUALLY ON DRY PAVEMENT AGAIN
SKIES ARE BRIGHTENING AHEAD
‘OMG’ LOOK CLOSELY ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE CAR AHEAD….THERE IS A SLIGHT SHADOW THERE AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT CASTS SHADOWS IN THE DAYTIME DON’T WE:))))))
OH NOW NICE TO BRIEFLY FEEL THE WARMTH OF SUNSHINE COMING THROUGH MY DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW
About 9 miles south of Effingham on highway 45 there is place we first overnighted at on our way back to Canada in late winter of 2007. It’s called the Percival Airpark and it’s just south of Watson Illinois. There is a small RV Park here as well as a Cafe only open certain hours and days. Twenty-five dollars a night with full service. Gravel parking with surrounding grass. Reason we stopped here was to load up our fresh water tank and fire up the rig’s water heater. In other words, to de-winterize the Motorhome. We sure missed our ‘hot water’ needs for a couple days. Can’t say our de-winterization went smoothly but never mind, we’re good to go now. This was the first time we had to deal with this winterization stuff since February of 2007.
HERE’S OUR CHIEF PROBLEM SOLVER CHECKING OUT THE PESKY HOT WATER HEATER
Aside from some very messy winter driving today, our Indianapolis ker-fuffle, and our de-wintering fiasco I’d say we did Okay with everything considered but there was a time when we couldn’t get our water heater going I was about ready to charter one of the airplanes here to fly me home whereupon I would have had my friend Richard strap me into my recliner and not let me out of the house ever again.
I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN CANADA ANYMORE TOTO
At the time of posting this tonight temperatures are dropping but no snow is predicted and roadways should be bare and dry tomorrow. And visibility is good with a high light cloud cover. Weather map shows no storms ahead of us for Sunday so basically we’ll simply be trying to stay ahead of the massive cold front coming down this way from the frozen North. With a bit of, or a whole lot of luck we just might bounce off the west side of Memphis Tennessee and ricochet off in the direction of Little Rock Arkansas. Well that may or may not happen so we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes. And thanks to all the folks for their well wishes on our travels. We have crossed the first of several time zones so my posts will be appearing at different times now and I noticed Google Analytics has determined ‘Travel With The Bayfield Bunch has turned over the 6 million page views mark. Now how the heck did that happen anyway…………………………….
OUR SPOT TONIGHT AT THE ‘PERCIVAL SPRINGS AIR PARK’ AND YES THAT IS ACTUALLY THE SUN YOU SEE TOP LEFT
GROANER’S CORNER:(( An old blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake…He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, ‘Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?’ The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, ‘Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2. The bouncer is a blonde girl with a ‘Billy-Club’. 3. I’m a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate. 4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter. 5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. ‘Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy…. Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?’ The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, ‘No…not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.’
I must say I will be happy as heck to get to Arizona as the only warm forecasts we’ve seen seem to come from there alone. At least on out itinerary! Drive safe guys!ReplyDelete
Welcome to Illinois! Hope you beat the cold and have no snow. I'm right behind you. Hope to leave on Wednesday.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the wonderful progress. Due to circumstances beyond my control, you know about that kind of stuff for sure, I am a month behind you in leaving Rockport Texas heading west. Leave the light on for me.ReplyDelete
Nice that you are moving right along and made it through that yucky weather, hopefully that will be the last of it.ReplyDelete
I know exactly the ramp you missed on the I-69 / I-70 West interchange. I can't tell you how many times I have missed that on my way back home from the NE side of Indy. I can't imagine going the way you had to go through Indy with a large motorhome and a toad. I looked on Intellicast weather radar this morning around 10am and saw that if you could get just west of Greencastle exit on I-70 you were home free on bad weather.ReplyDelete
Continued safe travels, enjoy!ReplyDelete
It’s going to be 74 and sunny in Tucson for the next week or so, come on down! You’ve passed the tricky part. Safe travels!ReplyDelete
I'm happy to hear you are on the road again. How exciting! I always love it when we can shed all of the worries etc and hea on down the open road. Good luck. Max from Illinois.ReplyDelete
You've done well if you're beyond the snow after only a day and a half! Safe travels.ReplyDelete
Good for you - have fun! Reading this makes us smile! Have been trying to post - hope this goes thru. Merry Christmas!!!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas Al and Kelly. Safe travels. Ajo might be nice to stay a while since Tucson weather is nice for now.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas to you all.ReplyDelete
Won't it be wonderful when you reach the Southwest? LOTS and LOTS of sunshine!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas and welcome to the land of sunshine!ReplyDelete
Glad to read you are making good progress and have found dry pavement. I know how happy we were to see it. Continued safe travels.ReplyDelete
Our youngest daughter lives just North of Indy in Zionsville, IN. She and her hubby drive into downtown Indy to work every day, but where they live is great. It's the last exit before you get on the nightmare of 465 around Indy..So glad we don't have to fight that traffic anymore!! Good luck staying out of the weather!!ReplyDelete
I have done the same thing with the beltway going east around San Antonio - Turned tooooo soon and found myself heading west and right back into San Antonio. As if that wasn't enough, after I was able to head east again, Houston was next.... Sigh.ReplyDelete
That blond joke is one of the best ones I have heard. Thanks.
No way a little snow would stop the Bayfield Bunch when their beautiful motorhome is pointed to the South West. ;c)ReplyDelete
Glad you've found better driving conditions and weather. A few hiccups to start and now all will be good!! Continue to have safe travels Bayfield Bunch!!!ReplyDelete
Good thing you have all that snow driving in a bus experience!! I'd still be in the parking lot waiting for Spring :-) Glad you've got warm temps ahead of you.ReplyDelete
By the time I post this it is officially Christmas Day on the West Coast. So MerryChristmas.ReplyDelete