Gulf Coast Trip, Day 2: Run Away!

I don’t have much to report today other than that I am safe and sound here in Birmingham, Alabama.

I’m really glad I chose to play last night in Arkansas rather than this morning. I left early to try and beat the bad weather projected for the afternoon, but the rain came on much earlier than expected. As I was driving between Little Rock and Memphis, I encountered a patch of rain that was the hardest I’ve ever been in (with a lot of close lightning all around, as well). It was insane and scary, but I came out the other end.

I was originally planning to stay in Memphis tonight, so it would a nice leisurely halfway point on the way to Birmingham. As I looked at “severe weather” warnings, there was a big circle right around Arkansas and including Memphis, as well, for this whole afternoon. I knew early on that I wouldn’t play golf today, so once I was on the road and somewhat ahead of the worst parts of the storm, I kept rolling all the way to Alabama while I still could.

I’m not out of the woods yet, as this state is expecting some nasty stuff tomorrow and Tuesday. It was raining and thundering when I arrived here this afternoon, but it’s actually decent here right now and should be okay until later tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, I’ll have a window for my scheduled round at Ross Bridge in nearby Hoover. We’ll see how it looks in the morning, but my fingers are crossed.

On the food front, I just went over to a pizza place near my hotel here in Birmingham, the town of fender benders. I don’t know if it was the wacky weather or all the weird streets and interchanges around here that seem poorly designed. I guess it’s a combo of both, but there were so many little accidents I had to work past once I got off the main freeways. Anyway, Salvatore’s was the name of the restaurant and I had a pretty good personal-sized meatball pizza. Nothing too exciting, but it got the job done.

We’ll see how tomorrow goes and Tuesday might be even a bit more dicey here in Alabama, but right now it’s a day-by-day and hour-by-hour thing as my top priority is just staying safe amidst a nasty and unpredictable storm.

Good night.

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