I am driving home tomorrow from Oklahoma. Before I left to come out here I knew that there was a chance of Interstate 40 being flooded. After all, the Mississippi River was 3 miles wide when I was out here six weeks ago and there has been nothing but rain since then
|This photo was taken yesterday. Both lanes are closed now.|
The road was clear last week, but from Memphis to Little Rock there was an awful lot of water in the fields. And during one of the rain storms I drove through, I got a glimpse of a river that appeared to be way too close to the bottom of the bridge I was driving over.
Now the interstate has flooded. There are detours, of course. One of them takes you 296 miles out of your way and the other is a mere 219 mile excursion. On mostly two-lane roads.
So, I am taking another way back to Sweet Home Alabama. I'll be driving south to Dallas and then due east to Montgomery. This way is longer than our normal I-40 route, but hopefully without detours.
When Grandmother and Granddaddy Atkinson lived in Linden, TX, we took this route several times. I remember one winter night during a snowstorm. We could barely see the road, but the big trucks were speeding past us in the left-hand lane. They knew that the road wasn't slippery, I guess, but we drove with white-knuckles the whole way. The high temperature tomorrow in Dallas is 94 degrees so I am okay on that.
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