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Old 05-12-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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[ONE LAP] Death came for us (seriously), but changed it's mind.

One of the hardest things imaginable for a parent is making the phone call to your only child, and saying goodbye - that I wasn't likely to make it out of this one.

And, you have but a few minutes to get the words out that'll he'll remember for the rest of his life.

As we were flying through Iowa in the blackness of night, the lightning filled the sky like it was daylight.

Then it stared to rain, then it came down like you were driving under a waterfall. The GPS said next exit was 2.6 miles away... if we can find it.

WHAT IS THAT SOUND? Tornado sirens.

We stop at the only gas station in town, the attendant is screaming at us to get inside right now. We go inside to see a gas station with people packed in the bathrooms, sitting on the floor.

Either folks were on their cell phones saying goodbye to their family, or they were looking outside to see the half-mile wide twister that was going to end their lives.

There was no basement.

The view out the window is that of the DC Z and DC C6 in what were like hurricane conditions.

The tornado lifted at I-80, where we got off... which is about an 1/8th mile from where we were at the gas station. It was headed directly for us.











People were terrified in there. The weather photo is from a TV at the motel we found to ride out the storm. Raidmagic, nor Dan85, nor myself slept a wink that night. The storm was relentless.

15 tornadoes touched down that night in our area.

We got there in the middle of it, folks said the air raid siren had been going off non stop for an hour straight.
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Sounds like the riskiest portion of your 5000 mile journey was unrelated to the race. Glad you guys made it out unscathed; from the news reports, some were not so fortunate.
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I knew I recognized that guy I saw who was looking around our cars in the parking lot....

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Damn,sounds like something out of a horror story
Glad everyone's okay
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I knew I recognized that guy I saw who was looking around our cars in the parking lot....

And they laughed in the face of death...
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And they laughed in the face of death...
As usual...
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Thats a helluva story, glad you guys are safe. After what has happened in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Eastern Colorado this month you can't help but respect the power of those twisters...
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Thank God you are all safe.
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What an incredibly scary situation to be in!
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WOW! Thank God your all safe. That close....SCARY, VERY SCARY.
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Kicked Death's ass AGAIN
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And they laughed in the face of death...
We keep coming across news reports about that storm too... Unbelievable how close that twister was. Really makes me wonder why I stood in front of the plate glass inside the gas station watching for skies to concave down upon me. May be I should consider a new strategy.
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I'm not sure that I have ever been that scared in my life. All I could think of was "I'm gonna die in a bathroom in Iowa."
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I'm not sure that I have ever been that scared in my life. All I could think of was "I'm gonna die in a bathroom in Iowa."
Let's be more specific.... "I'm gonna die sitting on the floor in a stall in a woman's bathroom in Iowa, next to a man and a girl clutching a dog."
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