RTT (Return to Texas)
I10 LovebugsDay 5 - Wednesday
September 13, 2006
Nice courtyard at the Holiday Inn on the east side of Montgomery, Alabama.
Waffle House and Shell Station. You can still see it's quite wet outside. Not the heavy storms that drove to look for shelter yesterday afternoon. The next morning, I head out with the weather report assuring me "slight chance of lingering light showers, clearing as I drive southwest toward Mobile."
Actual conditions: Overcast, muggy, sticky 70° with heavy downpours driving through middle of Montgomery extending 10-15 miles southwest. Turning to light intermittent showers for the next 50-60 miles.
Dark clouds that I had with me all the way from Montgomery to Mobile and through Mississippi. This bridge is crossing the Mobile River north of Mobile, Alabama on I65.
Most of you know what love bugs are... Well, I hit them when I got to onto I10 west of Mobile. Literally, Hit them! Lots of them. By the time Fleeter needed a fueling stop. I HAD to stop to clean my face shield. It was hard to see out through all the smeared bugs with their black wings still fluttering a couple inches from my eyeballs! This photo was taken a few miles after the last time I cleaned it.
At least the further I rode, the more the weather cleared up. Life is still good. Somewhere in Louisiana (Albany I think), I make a fuel stop and take time for a quick sandwich. While inside, someone comes in and makes a comment about how I'm going to get wet. I say, "Oh no. Not me. I'm heading to Texas. I've already dealt with the weather and have left it behind!"
But they corrected my thinking by suggesting I look outside. In the past 10 minutes, the sky had gone from clear and sunny to dark threatening clouds on the verge of dumping the wet stuff right there as we watched. Sure enough, I walked out to get a better look at the sky and it let loose. Even though I was parked under the cover at the pumps, the wind blew so hard that I still got damp. So I sat and watched it pour.
Since the informative fellow advised that this was the first one of two he had just driven through as he drove eastward, I sat and waited for round two. Sure enough round two showed and after about 1 1/2 hour rain delay, I saw a light spot in the sky open up enough that I thought I could make it through before the next storm closed in. So off I went. That was the last rain of the day.
So I decided that I believe in the "give a nickel, get a dollar" theory. Sometimes it's just worth it to take a break for awhile and watch the weather go by you. Then when you're ready to take your turn again the weather gods will smile upon you and clear the skies in your direction of travel.
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