Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Headed from Lafayette, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia back in 1989, on I-10 and just East of Mobile, Alabama, I-10 has no shoulder and is built on "raised" roadbed (just off the edge of road, ground dropped about a dozen feet)
It was raining as we left Mobile, but did not seem "serious".. Wrong.
Once we were "committed" to the no-shoulder-road area, things changed quickly. The sky became "green" and thunderstorms rippled quickly to huge "Anvil" shape. oh-oh. We ride into the rain, looking for the FIRST exit... had to keep moving or get run over by someone...
Wind and rain increase.. blowing at near 90 degrees to road..... and we are riding our Harleys at what seemed a 45 degree lean angle just to travel in a straight line... soaked to the bone... next thing we are getting pelted by dime size hail and then near quarter size..... then almost golf ball size.... also blowing across the road at near horizontal....
Then the most unusual feeling... my "lap" is getting very cold... I glance down to see my lap is now full of hail stones....
We're having fun now!!!!
AS I slap the ice from my lap I notice out the corner of my eye that my riding buddy's doing the same thing!!
This goes on for what seems another 10-15 minutes...
Finally the right solid white line departs to the right... FINALLy and EXIT! We dive into it looking for an overpass or other cover. We stop at the intersection and as I put my feet down, water is over my boots and muffler is "gurgling" as it's underwater.
About that time we stopped, the sky lifts a bit and we spot a gas station across the road and head over there.
As we drive up, we notice, there is glass and hail all over the ground.... the glass is from the windows of the store. We walk up to the door and step through it.. it's broken.... no one around.. so we holler.. "anyone here".... the second time we yell we get a reply from the refrigerator.... "Hey, where did you guys come from?" "We just pulled in from Mobile.. "
5 people look at us like we are fresh off the spaceship. The clerk says... "you gotta be kidding... a tornado just went through here...."
Sky clears a bit more... and we can see the damage... I say... "Yup...Musta been a twister... do you think your pumps still work?"
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