The Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas Crossing: We had to make a descision, were we going to roll through Tornado Alley despite a tornado watch that bordered Interstate 40 and the huge storm that engulfed it, or not. When I showed him my iPad with the weather app pointing out our omnious path ahead of us, one of the regulars at the Henryetta, OK McDonalds, said we should go, head for Amarillo. So we did. He told me the tornado rule is simple. If you see a tornado, run for cover. That's it. So we kept a look out and rolled on through the dark skies and dodged the semis kicking up gallons of fallen rain on our windshield. We kept the throttle on 70 and white knuckled the steering wheel.
To revist, after leaving Memphis we faced a storm from Little Rock to Henryetta, OK and then this bigger thunder storm from OKC to 50 miles before Amarillo. Buckets and buckets of rain dumped on us. I kept one eye looking for tornados to my left (South) and the other on the weather app for that dreaded upgrade from Tornado Watch to Tornado Warning. My nose pointed West and we rolled, and we rolled.
747 miles in 11 hours. Exhaustion enveloped us, maybe a little stress or anxiety contributed. All in all, we were in general good spirits with nervous laughter but I wouldn't rest till we rolled into Amarillo. I so wanted to see the clear skies of Amarillo. Obviously we made it. Yes, I know, many people do this everyday. I just don't know how folks live in these parts and put up with this. You get used to it I guess.
There are really only a few photos of our crossing of Tornado Alley, we had more important things on our mind. I only took one, the iphone weather app screen shot which I think tells it all.