On Monday afternoon, the day before we were leaving Texas, a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, which you've most likely heard about by now. I35, our route home, goes right through Moore so we weren't sure what to do. We heard conflicting reports - first we heard that I35 was closed around Moore but then we heard it was open. We looked at the map and considered alternatives, but in the end we decided we would head north on I35 and follow the detour if there was one in place.
We left Texas on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. and drove through rain most of the morning. Just before noon, about 7 miles south of Moore traffic came to a stop and then it was stop and go through Moore, but the interstate was open. We started seeing debris on the sides of the road just a few miles later, and we knew that we would see some of the tornado's destruction because it passed right over I35.
It was amazing to see the damage in Moore and I can't imagine how scary it must have been for everyone that was there during the tornado.
Once we were through that section of town (sections of Moore before and after this stretch looked perfectly normal) traffic speeds picked up and we continued on our journey. We drove through rain on and off for the whole trip, which made the driving a bit more stressful.
It was a great trip and we had so much fun. We drove my new car (Chrysler 200) and it got great gas mileage (averaged 30 mpg) and ran perfectly. I love road trips!