Tuesday, March 28, 2017
gusty winds in Texas
There aren't any pictures to accompany this entry. I can assure you I was not doing anything except clutching the steering wheel as I drove across west Texas recently. The entire southwest had been experiencing windy weather and as I left Mesa on my way to El Paso I kept hearing about road closures, including the interstate, due to the high winds. I was able to make it to El Paso and I stayed the night there. The next morning started out as a beautiful sunny day and I expected to reach Abilene or Dallas by the end of the day. I never made it that far. I was able to drive for a couple of hours (maybe one hundred and twenty five miles or so) and then I pulled off at Van Horn. All along the way my car was being buffeted by the strong, gusty winds and, quite frankly, I was getting scared. The gusts were erratic. It took a lot of strength to keep the car in one lane. When I parked at the hotel and tried to unload my things I found that I couldn't open the car doors on one side of the car because of the wind blasts. I opened the trunk but things started to blow around. The car was rocking in the wind. I re-parked my car on the other side of the building. Sand was blowing everywhere. I was safe for the night, though, so I went indoors and (yes) watched TV. Enough with the scary driving! The next day turned out to be a beautiful, calm day so I went on my way. Happy.