Mrs. Hillbilly Mom and Farmer H dodged a bullet this morning. Okay. Technically, we dodged a flaming semi truck.
The plan was to head to a casino a few miles south of Norman. We went there yesterday for a couple hours, and after a not-quite-satisfying free breakfast at Holiday Inn Express, we hit the road. The road, however, was not particularly open to being hit. Just before our turn-off to get on I-35, I saw two helicopters hovering over the highway.
"Look. Two helicopters. I hope there wasn't an accident. Maybe they're delivering heavy equipment to that road construction crew. But they act like they're news copters."
"We'll find out." Farmer H turned A-Cad onto the approach to I-35 South. Huh. Nothing much was moving. It was slow yesterday due to the construction. But at 10:15 this morning, nothing was moving.
Let the record show that Mrs. HM prefers to get an early start on her gambling. But Farmer H is not as addicted as she. He even set his alarm LATER this morning. For 7:30 a.m. Then I had to wait an hour after taking my thyroid meds before we could go to breakfast. Farmer H lingered over his biscuit and gravy, sausage links, scrambled eggs, and orange juice. He even went back to the free buffet for breakfast dessert, which was a big cinnamon roll, even though he's not supposed to have sweets. It was after 9:30 when we left for the casino.
We never arrived. Once we saw that line waiting to clover-leaf their way onto I-35 South, I said, "Forget it!" and Farmer H took the other lane to get off on a side street and go back into Norman. After a detour to the Museum of Natural History, we tried again. Along with attempting an alternate route, which did not exist unless we went 30 miles out of our way.
Once we ate lunch and went back to the hotel, I hooked up my free high-speed internet and saw that there had been a wreck on a bridge involving a semi truck. Then it burst into flames. The highway was closed at 9:20 this morning. Nobody suffered serious injury, but the highway department had to clear the truck, and then hazmat crews had to finish the cleanup. The traffic report said the cleanup was expected to stretch into the evening rush hour.
Sometimes, the universe thwarts Mrs. HM for a reason.