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Old 09-21-2005, 05:27 PM   #1
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Angry Thinking about going west for a few days

The projected path for hurricane Rita is now just east of Austin. They are predicting scattered tornadoes, torrential rain, and 70 mile wind gusts for this area.

My trailer is under a high roof at a storage yard near Dripping Springs. It is well sheltered from normal rain and sun, but I worry about the roof holding up in winds in that range. I'm flirting with the idea of going west to Fredericksburg or Junction while the worst of the storm blows through. I might be safer in the open in an area without the threat of tornadoes, hail, and high winds.
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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I would and soon. The road congestion is only going to get worse as evacuations continue.
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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Not a worry

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I would and soon. The road congestion is only going to get worse as evacuations continue.
From Austin, going west, I don't worry about congestion. Most evacuees will stop at Austin, Temple, Waco, etc. along I-35 I do worry about full campgrounds to the west, though, if others get the same idea as I have.

South Llano River State Park at Junction, a bit more than 2 hours west of here, would be my first choice for safety from the worst weather..
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:46 PM   #4
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I just heard about the upgrade to cat 5. Sounds like wind and hail to me ... Fill up and haul!
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:54 PM   #5
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John,

Fill up the water holding tank, top of the truck, and head out. Find someplace with good internet or television service so you can see what you are missing.

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Old 09-21-2005, 06:04 PM   #6
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Old 09-21-2005, 09:29 PM   #7
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As said before, "Go West, young man!" Your plan sounds good, and we hope you make your move soon. I was checking tonight by phone with my brother in Houston who proudly asserted that he rode out Alicia and he will this one too. How I wish he were of your mind, Pahaska. Best wishes to you and to all in the storm's path. ~G
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Old 09-21-2005, 09:43 PM   #8
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We all are thinking about you John and the others in TX. Please let us know when you are in a safe place!!
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One of the nice things about living in Lubbock, TX is plenty of beach....no ocean...hahaa
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:36 PM   #10
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One of the nice things about living in Lubbock, TX is plenty of beach....no ocean...hahaa
Yes, but I understand that "Happiness is Lubbock, Texas in Your Rear View Mirror" (or so the song goes). BTW: Granddaughter is a Senior at Texas Tech.

I'm still watching the weather and may go west or not depending on what I see in the next 24 hours. Two+ hours will take me to Junction which should be well out of the direct path of the storm and two more hours to Sonora if I need to go that far.

Congestion west of here isn't a big kicker to worry about. There simply are not that many facilities west of here that folks could flee to. Couple of motels in each of those small cities and that is about all.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:41 PM   #11
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Yep...a Mac Davis tune.....He was honored at the Texas Tech vs Sam Houston State game last week at halftime.I think his wife is younger than the videos they were running on the jumbotron.I got to shake his hand down on the sideline. He looks pretty good, and seems happy.
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Old 09-22-2005, 05:24 AM   #12
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We certainly need the rainfall here in North Texas as it seems West Texas has received it all this year and is as green as we've ever seen it. We DO NOT need the tornados associated with RITA's landfall however. We barely made it through a bad tornado in Lubbock, May 11, 1970! We're battening down the hatches and moving our Silver Bullet to covered storage. Keep all Texans in your prayers along with those along the LA, MISS and BAMA coasts. We too have room, power (for now at least) and water for any Streamers braving relocation to North Texas! I would head West however.
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Yep...I think his wife is younger than the videos they were running on the jumbotron. He looks pretty good, and seems happy.
is there any truth in the quotation that you need a young wife to keep you young?....apparently it worked for ed mcmann, but not tony randall....

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John.

Safe travels, wherever you wind up. Maybe boondocking at a non-state park place for a few days. I don't remember if you have a generator or not.

From the pictures on the news, it looked like a lot of folks in campers taaking an un-expected expedition to some place dry.

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