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Date:  3-2-2014
Number of Hours:  10.00
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Brief Description:  Corvair College 28

Day three was short due to the fact that a strong winter storm was moving in from the north. We might have been able to get the engine on the test stand, but I felt like we might have been rushing things a bit, which wasn’t my preferred method. So, we wouldn’t run the engine on this trip… no big deal. Tyler and I loaded up the vehicle and headed north around 10am… heading back up I-35 towards OKC. We ran into precipitation just north of Austin and by the time we reached the Dallas Ft. Worth are, road conditions were very bad and sleet was steadily falling, but we just took our time and pressed on. Stopped for fuel and food somewhere in north Texas, and considered looking for a place to stay for the night… naa, we got back in the vehicle and drove on. There was an hour or two where we drove 35-40mph on the interstate, and encountered several rollover accidents. Oddly enough, once we crossed the Oklahoma state line, the roads were relatively clear in comparison to Texas. There was a lot of snow, but we could tell that the road crews got out early and cleared things pretty well as we were able to run along at 60-65mph most of the way to OKC. The remaining daylight hours were not too bad, and the falling precipitation let up for a couple of hours, but once darkness fell it was difficult to tell which portions of the road were slick or dry. We reached Norman, OK around 6:15pm and were greeted by what seemed to be a blizzard… road conditions were rapidly deteriorating and visibility was poor at best. 30 minutes down the road (and still not in OKC), conditions were white out! We were crawling along with only a few other vehicles… finally reaching our destination around 7:30pm. The drive from Norman to our destination in OKC should have taken ~30m, but it took 1.5 hours. Still, 9.5 hours from Austin to OKC in the conditions we faced… not bad time at all. We were happy to arrive safe and have a warm place to stay.
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One of Several Rollover Accidents We Saw

One of Several Rollover Accidents We Saw

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Texas Roads - Bad

Texas Roads - Bad

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Oklahoma Roads - Better

Oklahoma Roads - Better

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