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Back in Dallas After A 10-Day Whirlwind Tour

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We chase whirlwinds (tornadoes), but we also had a whirlwind time travelling from state to state. In fact we put 2200 miles (3300 kilometres) on the odometer and passed through nine states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.

When we weren’t chasing storms, we managed to fit in other activities such as the Johnson Space Centre, McConaughy Recreational Area and Terry’s Bison Park. We’ve had a great time visiting new places, meeting friends and when storms have appeared, we have been amazed at how each one appears to have its own personality.

There are a few things that we have noticed during this trip; Americans appear to be very upbeat right now as the U.S. economy is humming along. Wherever we went, people were friendly and very helpful.

Something we have noticed on the negative side is the shocking state of many of the roads including the interstate highway system. We have always marveled at this vast network which was first started under President Eisenhower in the 1950’s. So many of the roads now are cracked, corrugated and full of pot holes, that in places we started to wonder if the suspension and tires on our vehicle would survive. It appears that a lot of money qis being spent to upgrade the roads, with road work delays a common feature of travel.

Lastly, the trend of the last several years is continuing with fewer severe storms, including tornadoes. May is usually the peak month for tornadoes, but this year the numbers are way down, 50% from the average. As the saying goes, “Better luck next year”.

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Posted by PassionRetirees 19:48 Archived in USA

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