Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Snowy Travel to Fort Dodge Iowa

First off, note that the image I have here is not from our trip, but an example snowy road. Sunday morning we left Saint Louis, MO around 10:30 AM where it was a nice 50 degrees out. When we hit Waterloo, IA we stopped at the Flying J gas station because we had heard it has the cheapest gas around (which appeared to be true). Anyhow, while we were there we heard about a snow storm on west 20 (towards Fort Dodge). It was around 47 degrees out still in Waterloo. We kept driving down 20 and around mile marker 175 we saw our first snow flake. Then just before crossing I-35 it started accumulating on the roads. At the first Fort Dodge exit there was ice and snow on the roads and we didn't feel safe going over 40 miles per hour. I wasn't sure if we were going to make it to the hotel or not. Finally we got to 169 and headed down to our hotel, the Budget Host Inn around 6:30PM. A very scary and eventful day/night of driving (saw two cars that spun off the road on highway 20).

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