Sunday, November 17, 2013

Eastward Ho ... one more time

I didn't leave Elk City yesterday.  After posting and starting preparations, the wind, and I do mean WIND, came up.  I saw a city park pickup close by my RV and went out to talk with the man.  I asked if the wind might die down later in the day.  He said it wouldn't, that it was expected to be at least 25mph up to 40mph or so all day long.   I'm glad I didn't take off - the wind howled all day long; and it was a hot wind - got up to 79F and didn't get below 70 until about midnight.

I asked if it would be okay to stay another day and the park employee assured me it'd be fine.  He also explained that the city is very lenient with the four-day limit here at the park.  They post the limit because, in the past, they've had campers in the summer who've stayed for weeks on end.  So, I headed inside to read my new book and had a wonderful day.

I'm about two-thirds through The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, by Jennifer Laam, her first novel.  I picked it up at Sam's Club a couple of weeks ago, not really having any idea how I'd like it.  I do.  Ms. Laam has woven a wonderful tale with an in depth knowledge of Russian history.  It's constructed as three parallel story lines; one in the very early 20th century in Russia, one during WWII in France and one in present-day USA.  The protagonist for each is a young woman who plays an important role in the presentation of the full story as indicated in the title.  It's one of those novels I don't like to put down.

This morning's weather seems really calm, although the forecast indicates there should be some wind.  I'll start preparations again and see how it goes.  I just have this 'windy vision' of Petunia lifting off the road and heading into the great beyond!

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  1. Good decision. The weather in the middle of the country is much more unpredictable than on the West coast.

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  2. You could have just put it in neutral and saved a bunch of gas letting the wind push you along. lol Drive safe my friend....we head for SLC in a few hours, stopping in Winnemucca for the night. --Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave and Marcia ... Drive safely and enjoy your daughter and Utah.

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  3. I really enjoy historical fiction. Many years ago I crossed the USSR on the Trans Siberian Railroad! I can recommend Paul Theroux's, "The Great Railway Bazaar"

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    1. I read it years and years ago and loved it. I took the Orient Express from London to Venice - very posh and early 20th century-ish. I had a friend who took the last true Orient Express to Istanbul and was arrested and taken off the train for 24 hours - a very adventurous woman journalist traveling alone. Yikes! However, she had a great story to write and ended up none the worse for wear, she says!

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  4. Absolutely a good decision. Where you are ... is called tornado alley and even without being classified as a tornado ... the gusts are fierce!

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    1. It was 'impressive' although I'm not sure that's the right word. I thought my RV was going to break apart. And my poor Smart car looked like it might just fly away!

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  5. I'm originally from the West coast. I remember the first time I encountered a "thunder storm" in Texas. I thought it would be some light rain, wind, and thunder. It was horrendous, hail, blinding rain, high winds, etc. A severe thunderstorm is defined as (A severe thunderstorm has winds at least 58 miles per hour or hail at least three-fourths of an inch in diameter.) A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

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    1. I remember a summer hail storm in Minnesota; a hail stone dented the hood of my car. But when we moved back to California we were able to use the dent as a badge of honor!

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