Stormin’ For Home

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm
By: Doug Lund
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Greetings from the “Land of Enchantment”..New Mexico where the state plant and the winter weather are both pronounced the same; “Yucca.”

Left Fountain Hills, Arizona on Monday knowing full well we were probably going to encounter bad weather on our route home but the first several hundred miles were mostly dry roads and sunshine interrupted occasionally by a  frightening dark wall of clouds filled with intense snow. But it only lasted for a few nerve wracking miles..and then we’d break free into the clear again. I suppose we were lulled  into a false sense of security believing we must be cleverly sidestepping the storm systems..or maybe the forecasters were exaggerating the severity of the situation. After all, these Southwest people may know all about handling heat and dust but they’re wusses when it comes to dealing with the slightest amount of snow and cold.  This is nothin’, we thought..until we drove into a dark wall outside of Albuquerque and never came out. The snow started coming down in gentle flakes..then turned to hard pellets that bounced off the windshield like gravel. Then the flakes turned huge, looking like white leaves floating down from an albino cottonwood. Still, the highway though town wasn’t too slippery so I suggested we press on. Dumb idea.  A half hour later, after passing by three accidents on Interstate 40 in the high country just east of Albuquerque (the same area where we were in a two hour traffic jam on the way out) it was pretty clear that if I didn’t find a motel soon, Linda was going to pull the arm rest right off the door. But what’s out here?  Then she spotted the sign that says, “Moriarity 13 Miles.” Fortunately, at the last rest stop, I’d grabbed one of those traveler’s magazines that have motel discount coupons inside..but more importantly  they also have motel phone numbers. Linda got on the cell and we were able to book a room and even got the discount. So, here we are in Moriarity, New Mexico which is called the “Crossroads of  Opportunity” because of its perfect location in the heart of the state along the historic Route 66, “The Mother Road.”

For Linda and me, though, it’s simply a port in the storm as we’re holed up in the Super 8 until at least Wednesday. Staying another night was the right thing to do. We’re close enough to the interstate to see that it’s mostly truck drivers who are brave or foolish enough..to challenge that slippery slab a quarter mile away.

Odd..but the sun peaked through just as I took this..then went back behind the clouds and it has been snowing off and on ever since.

Odd..but the sun peaked through just as I took this..then went back behind the clouds and it has been snowing off and on ever since.

We’re fine waiting it out. There’s adequate heat in our room, a TV that gets more than three channels, internet access, a functioning ice machine and a half bottle of hooch in the suit case. Plus there are couple fast food joints within walking distance..so we’ll survive.

Hmmm, why is it I’m not sensing much sympathy from you folks back home? Could it be that while we’ve been golfing and having outdoor patio parties in Phoenix you’ve been shoveling and shivering the entire month we’ve been gone?  

Now, now, vengeance doesn’t become you.

10 Comments

  1. James says:

    So glad to know that you’re safe and sound. Keep us posted on your progress, we kids worry about you out in that stormy weather!

  2. Bud Sluter says:

    YOU WERE LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND A PLACE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. WE REMEMBER THE AREA WELL BECAUSE WE HAD A TIRE FAILURE ON OUR MOTOR HOME SOMEWHERE NEAR THERE ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO. LUCKILY IT WAS AN OUTSIDE REAR DUAL SO WE LIMPED IN. THERE WERE 2 GAS STATIONS AND ONE DID HAVE A FLOOR JACK TO REMOVE THE OLD TIRE. HAD TO USE MY TOOLS BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE A BIG ENOUGH LUG WRENCH. AT LEAST HE DIDN’T CHARGE MUCH AND WE GOT ON THE ROAD AGAIN. STAY SAFE AND WARM.

  3. grouse says:

    BWAAHAAHAA…BWAAHAHA….BWAAHAHA….This happens to you guys every year. It’s kind of like a Roadrunner cartoon. You guys are the coyote. You know you’re gonna get it. Fortunately, as usual, I know how to fix this. When you finally get home, take that blasphemous USD Coyote hat off the hat rack, or off your head and burn it….burn it good. Think back. Since you bought the darned thing, haven’t all the winters been awful? There you have it. Buy a Jackrabbits hat. Even though it doesn’t go with the Nebraska Corn Holers theme you come to embrace, you can wear it with pride, knowing that next year you can travel to Arizona in sunshine and bliss….the way nature intended.

  4. Hemmingsen says:

    It’s 78 and sunny here in Florida.

  5. Hemmingsen says:

    I feel your pain.

  6. Jason says:

    It is definitely NOT 78 degrees here. It is sunny, though.

  7. Denny G says:

    It’s Ground Hog Day. I don’t know about the one in Pennsylvania, but any ground hogs in Dakota are seeing their shadows — if the varmints aren’t completely frozen. The temperature was so low this morning that the mercury broke through the bottom of the thermometer. I hope it warms up for you a bit by the time you get home. Anyway, safe travels.

  8. Deb says:

    Doug and Linda,you were smart to get a room for whatever time .unless your in a hurry to get home,no use getting on the roads til there safe. i’m like Linda i hate being on the roads when the weathers/roads are bad.ITS NERVERACKING.when the roads are better you two have a safe trip home. the weather here in SD has been a big pain in the #%&* too.take care ok

    ps hope your doing well Steve.take care to you too.

  9. michael says:

    Miss ya, Hemi!

  10. tswartos says:

    Say, did u finish off those SD magazines with all the free time?

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