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#2150541 - 02/14/12 02:18 AM Hard Trip Home
OldTurtle Offline
Former Moderator

Registered: 12/20/05
Posts: 19624
Loc: East Central FL
Randy (RJMAcres) and I left Las Cruces at 6AM CST and had decided to take the 'Southern' route back to MO due to the anticipated Ice and Snow storm that was brewing over Amarillo, TX and headed for El Paso and then cut through the Guadalupe Mountains east of El Paso..where we also hit some ice coming down and had to sit in a traffic back up due to a couple of wrecks on a bridge...

Stopped for a quick breakfast in Pecos, TX, gassed up again and headed out with very few stops in an attempt to make Texarkana, TX and decided, after checking the weather pattern to push on to Conway, AR...1026 miles in 14 hours...both of us were tired and I only had to pull Randy's feet out of the floor board a couple of times...

We had planned on the possibility of having to hunker down in Conway due to forecast of Ice and Sleet coming in during the night and were pleasantly surprised to find that when we woke up at 6:30AM, the streets were dry and traffic seemed to be moving good...We decided to forgo breakfast and hit the road for Missouri in an attempt to get Randy home to his secluded home in the Southern MO hills and give me time to reach St Louis...

Shortly after leaving Conway,,,This is what we encountered...

We made it to Ava, MO, where Randy's mother lives, and he decided to get out there, rather than me attempting to negotiate the back roads to his place... The road to Ava was bad enough...After unloading his stuff and saying goodbye, I headed North and this is what I encountered most of the way up to Interstate 44..

Thanks to the excellent efforts of the MO Dept of Transportation, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Interstate and primary roads to the North had been treated and were just wet and slushy.. I arrived home at about 6 PM and crashed as soon as making a couple of phone calls...

A total of 1499 miles under some long and rough conditions...
Nature shares her secrets not to those that hurry by, but to those that walk with a happy heart and a seeing eye...

#2150587 - 02/14/12 06:41 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: OldTurtle]
reb8600 Offline

Registered: 10/13/04
Posts: 11402
Loc: Morgan, Utah
Glad you made it. Me and Kerry hit the same kind of weather starting in about Gallup. Had a semi roll over just ahead of us.
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#2150605 - 02/14/12 07:36 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: reb8600]
carvercalls Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 13692
Loc: Utah
Good to hear you and Randy made it home safe Bill.
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#2150683 - 02/14/12 09:29 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: carvercalls]
venatic Offline
Retired Moderator

Registered: 06/11/03
Posts: 6992
Loc: In the right lane
Glad you arrived safe I had some of the same stuff but thankfully it only lasted a couple of hours and I drove out of the worst and it turned to rain.
"Anyone taking up handloading necessarily plays with unknown factors and takes chances. But so does anyone who drives a car,goes to a cocktail party,eats in a restaurant,or gets married."

Jack O'Connor 1963

#2150740 - 02/14/12 10:32 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: venatic]
scottmilk9 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 1698
Loc: Arizona
Old turtle, good seeing you again, it was great talking to you and RJM at the hotel. I'm glad your safe and back home.

#2150766 - 02/14/12 10:57 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: scottmilk9]
220_Swift Online

Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 15713
Loc: Central Oklahoma
Glad that you and Randy made it home safe.I went to sleep before the weather came on Saturday night.Got up at 2:30 am.Ran into a little snow an hour north of Las Cruces and a little more at Albuquerque before I got to the airport.The weather was a total surpise to me.

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#2150774 - 02/14/12 11:04 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: 220_Swift]
Jeff Mock Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 09/01/01
Posts: 11081
Loc: Manchester, MI
Glad you and Randy made it safe and sound. Thanks a TON for all of your help Bill! We couldn't have done it without ya!
Life is hard, it's even harder when you're stupid! - JOHN WAYNE

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#2150790 - 02/14/12 11:19 AM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: Jeff Mock]
nmcowpuncher Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/29/11
Posts: 30
Loc: New Mexico
Happy to hear that you both made it home safely, as well as everyone else who made the big road trip. Bill, it was great to see you again and Randy it was a pleasure to meet you and have the opportunity to take you out for a coyote. Will see you both next year.


#2151128 - 02/14/12 05:09 PM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: nmcowpuncher]
RJM Acres Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 3743
Loc: Ozarks
I just made it home a little while ago.
Didn't think my wife was going to come get me at my mothers.

#2151235 - 02/14/12 06:26 PM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: RJM Acres]
bordercollie Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 301
Loc: Southern NM
Glad you guys made it home.

#2153833 - 02/16/12 11:32 PM Re: Hard Trip Home [Re: bordercollie]
HPW Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1179
Loc: Cheyenne, WY
Glad you all made it safe. I left shortly after you guys, but didn't have quite as far to go. There were a few wrecks in Albuquerque on the way back, with snow all the way to Trinidad on the CO border. I made it home about 4 PM and was beat, only one pit stop to gas up made for some stiff legs.

Can't wait to see you all again next year!
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