A Very long, stormy day…

Thursday, August 8, 2013. Miles traveled: 404. Manchester KOA, Manchester, TN. Low: 75 ; High: 82. Elevation: 1,060 feet.

Well… what a day it was. We crossed the Mississippi River at St Louis from the north on I-70 about 8:30 am. Lots of traffic around St Louis…

I-70 is not our usual route when we visit my sister Nancy, who lives in St Louis… Our usual route, I-44 was closed due to flooding. A very localized area received 12 to 15 inches of rain in a short time period the day before and whole neighborhoods were flooded out along with I-44. (we didn’t go that way so no flood photos)

I checked the weather and radar while we had a good internet signal and found our destination for the night, Nashville, also received a lot of rain. My weather radio app had multiple flood alerts all over the area we were due to camp in… So, I called the campground to check on flooding and they said: “Yes, we have some flooding; let me check to see if your campsite is in the flooded area.” Haha… right. I told her I was sorry but I was canceling our reservation and we would stay in Nashville another time. Trying to find a campsite out of the flood area, that wasn’t too long a drive was hard… And, the internet wasn’t good along the interstate. We decided to stop in Manchester, TN for the night, an hour more of driving along I-24 E.

We went to Cracker Barrel for lunch, to fortify ourselves for the storms ahead. And, the Berries n” Buttermilk Pancake Breakfast with coffee was quite a restorative. Loaded with blueberries, topped with plump blackberries with a little raspberry syrup.

And, the storms we went through!!


At one point there was so much water coming down that we couldn’t see well to drive and it wasn’t safe to pull over on the narrow shoulder.

Visibility just got worse and worse...

Visibility just got worse and worse…

Visibility just got worse and worse…

Thankfully, an exit soon appeared with a truck stop and a Denny’s! We were able to park the truck and 32 foot fifth wheel… We looked out the truck windows and decided to make the dash in the heavy rain inside Denny’s for coffee… I exited the truck and my shoes were covered in at least 3 inches of standing water. We made it inside and were quickly seated and served delicious, hot coffee, along with an apple crisp (I needed something sweet; trust me.)

We found more storms near our destination…

Another storm approaching...

Another storm approaching…

but we arrived safely and set up camp in a light rain with some intense lightning. Dry socks made me good as new : ) And, we have a short day tomorrow. We get to sleep in!!

I couldn’t get a photo of our campsite last night because of the storms, and this morning, we are high and dry and we have blue skies (but thunderstorms expected for this area later today.)


About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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2 Responses to A Very long, stormy day…

  1. tybeegal says:

    So glad you made it home safe. It is not fun driving in that kind of weather. Oh, those pancakes looked heavenly. We should talk soon about your Tybee trip. 🙂


  2. Holly Ritger says:

    Nasty weather is never fun when driving, but you know… If you go far enough and stay out camping long enough, you’re likely to see all kinds of weather. I have been wondering when I should call you so we can figure out Tybee… Le me know kiddo!


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