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A green sky does not bode well...

So yesterday (was it only yesterday?) I embarked on a cross-country road trip.  All day today as I trekked across these United States I felt compelled to record something about the experience here.  I'm a bit road weary so I'm sure it'll be disorganized and nonsensical; but I'm also sure that if I put it off it won't happen at all... so here goes. 

Monday morning I made my way to I-40 in NC and started westward.  (I-40 stretches, for all intents and purposes, from sea to shining sea.)  The sun was shining, I had a full tank of gas and a full cup of coffee, plenty of tunes to keep me company.  The scenery is pretty green.  Okay, it's very green.  Spring has a firm hold on the southeastern US, in the lower elevations at least.  It's still climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It was all good til Knoxville, and even then it wasn't bad.  There was a clear-cut weather front along the interstate with sunshine on the south side and ominous clouds full of lightning to the north.  But I'm going west, so no worries.  No worries until the sky over Nashville is a sickly green and I can't see past the end of my car for the sheets of rain.  I got behind a 18-wheeler going 35 mph and followed him like a puppy through the worst of it.  There was one terrifying moment when a car passed and a wall of water went over the roof and I was completely blinded for a few interminable seconds.  But my little car weathered the storm and finally made it across the expanse of Tennessee. 

The sunset over western Arkansas was gorgeous.  It's my favorite time of day -- the waning hours of the day when the light is golden and the colors richer.  It's a bittersweet time, the dying of the light.  The sky was an unusual shade of lavender and the clouds glowed an unnatural neon pink and orange.  I like the feeling of chasing the sun as I drive into the sunset. 

I'm addicted to ellipses...



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Apr. 6th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
So you made it through the bad weather because that particular band of rain had severe thunderstorms, some hail, and possible tornadoes. I live in SC, and it's already passed out into the ocean now.

This is interesting. Why are you driving cross-country? Vacation?
Apr. 8th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
I live in SC too. Driving out to AZ for work/education for a month, but definitely some vacation thrown in. :-) Hope the weather didn't cause any trouble where you are!
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Loving your travelogues...and I am TOTALLY addicted to ellipses...when podga did my betaing they used to drive her...insane...

How wonderful to drive across the US...we did a tour years ago, in a coach with other tourists, from LA to NY...and the utter vastness of the country is utterly awesome. We can only achieve a mere fraction of the kind of emptiness you describe up in the highlands of Scotland, otherwise we all live almost on top of one another...in comparative terms!
Apr. 8th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading my little ramblings. It is an awe inspiring land, isn't it? So much variety in people and places.

The highlands are pretty rugged and remote feeling. I've been to the UK twice and very much enjoyed the countryside.
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