I thought I would get an early start and head for Dallas Forth Worth to see a friend. Checking the weather it seemed like the target area was going to be northeast Oklahoma. I decided to scrap driving south to Dallas and head for Oklahoma. Storms were predicted in northeast Oklahoma and I wanted to be in position before storms initiated in the afternoon. I spent most of the morning trying to figure out some work related issues back in Las Vegas and it was super frustrating. On the road to Oklahoma City I realized I would not make it to the target area before the storms initiated. No friend and no storms. The day was a bust.
Driving solo it really gave me an opportunity to beat myself up for many miles. The drive to Lawton, Oklahoma seemed long and I was feeling pretty miserable by the time I arrived. Perhaps it was all the fast food I have eaten over the last few days. Perhaps it was the lack of quality sleep and how exhausted I was feeling. This drive really took a toll on me and I started to think about ending the chase and heading back home to Vegas. I was missing home terribly, Drones my chase rig was running horribly, and I still had trouble getting over the decision I made to take I-40 east and miss a tornado in Canadian, Texas. There were times I thought “Dude, this is out of your league.”
I was distracted for a moment by the tornado damage south of Oklahoma City and I decided I would stay the night in El Reno and look around at area of the deadly 2013 El Reno tornado. I thought it would be good to get off the road, stop driving for a while, and clear my head of all the garbage. I arrived in El Reno and was awestruck by it’s beauty. I spent a couple of hours taking it all in and it made me think about how lucky I was to have the opportunity to see and chase storms. Nothing really mattered at work, on the road, or at that moment. With inspiration courtesy of El Reno, I decided to keep going on this adventure and head for Clinton, Oklahoma. Fast food, lack of sleep, many miles on the road with no guarantee of seeing a tornado was okay for another day and I was ready for the next leg of the trip.
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