Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wandering to Aztec - Day 2

So I was wrong. Kansas had one more cool thing in store for me.

 I got to have breakfast with a storm chaser.

Like a guy who chases storms. Like tornadoes.

Like "Twister" (though he said that wasn't a very realistic movie).
Anyway, his name is Jerry Bruce and he chases tornadoes across Kansas. He gets on the radio and tells people where they are, so people can get out of the way.

He showed me pictures of some of the tornadoes he's seen. Curls my hair to think about being that close to something that dangerous (a tornado, not Jerry). He's been within an 8th of a mile from one of these things. Dang.

To be honest, I haven't me a lot of humans who've actually saved someones life. It was really cool. And I always thought storm chasing was kind of silly, I didn't understand how important it really was until I talked to Jerry about it. Nice guy. Awesome job. Tasty breakfast too!

And then I saw a giant ball of barbed wire. Yeah... we're still in Kansas.

But soon we were on our way to Kansas City and Venezuela Missouri.

There are big, big rivers in this neck of the woods. That's a lot of water.

It's all green and lush here.

Navigating is a lot easier when a) you have an awesome GPS and b) you're in the middle of freakin nowhere. There was just NOTHING anywhere around us.

Well, except for giant rivers.

And awesome bridges.

When I wasn't reading the GPS I was riding in the cup holder. Not as comfortable as it could be.

But I made it a bit more homey.

We drove straight through from Junction City, Kansas to Streetsboro, Ohio. That's like a million miles (I dunno, more like 926. A lot.) About 14 HOURS of driving. We rolled up to our hotel at about 3 a.m. and slept like rocks.

Tomorrow... day one of the trade show! I'll let you know what we find!

- Miri


  1. Hi Miranda.
    It seems like you are having an interesting "wandering"!
    Weren't you nervous driving through Kansas and meeting a storm chaser? I am always hoping that those guys are far away from me as there is usually a storm somewhere near them. Stay safe!
    I am glad that you are making sure those humans stay on the right track. Don't let them drive too many hours straight, that is too tiring for them.
    Have fun at the show.

  2. Storm chasers are totally awesome. :) I didn't know until pretty recently that the Doppler radar only picks up the rotation within the storm that can produce a tornado - it can't see if there's actually one on the ground. That's where the chasers come in.

    Looks like a great trip so far!

  3. What an interesting adventure you are on! Thank you for sharing with us!