I made the mistake of going a day business trip from Des Moines to Mason City. The way up this morning was manageable (about 3 hours). I left Mason City at 2pm to come home...that was a mistake. I-35, US-65, and US-69 were all closed...so with all my wisdom, I decided to head a little east and then take some county roads south. Made it to Hampton two hours later at which time all roads out of town were blocked.
This was the second time in my life were I was truly scared while driving (first time involved a tornado). There were times were I could not see the edge of my hood and I hit a few 3 foot high drifts in the middle of the road (most of the roads were actually clear).
I am now resting comfortably on a pool lounge chair in the lobby of the AmericInn in Hampton...now considered my favorite hotel of all time!
I35 between Elkhart and Ankney is always bad during winter weather, usually much worse than anything else. This morning it was a death trap. I have no problem driving in winter weather, but my heart just slowed down from my morning drive up I35 this morning. It was BAD!
I drive to Ames from Altoona almost everyday and have had the enjoyment of having to drive in EVERY storm this winter. I35 between Elkhart and Ankeny is by far the worse section of road I've ever driven on the past 6 years in bad weather. I wonder if there's anything they can do about this. I skipped work last night. Yesterday morning it took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to get from Ames to Altoona which is usually a 30-35 minute drive.
"The Constituiton...is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please."- - -Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 6, 1819.
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