It is Memorial Day and the towns are empty. Even the towns that are not ghost towns seem like they are. Most of the stores and restaurants along the road are closed too.
We changed our plans to not stay in Oklahoma City and instead drove straight through. The president was here today visiting the hardest hit areas. We feel the weight of the tragedy even more being so close.
Our change in plans added another 100 miles to our drive today. We are averaging about 45 miles per hour and since we are driving on the old alignments, there are some unexpected detours and some circling back which adds more mileage too. I think we drove around 360 miles today.
We hit the Texas state line late in the afternoon and the landscape changed pretty quickly. And it is HOT (around 103 degrees). The old road is now concrete in sections instead of asphalt and the car tires go thumpity-thump as we go over the cracks.
We passed by the 190 foot cross in Groom, Texas.
Meals today were snacks in the car that are left from our Chicago stockpile and a drive through a Braum's for some French fries and malts (we are being so bad!). We had big plans for dinner in Amarillo.
Oh yeah! More on that tomorrow :D