The Road Trip became the Classic Cross-Country Car Road Trip. Will and Han's household goods were packed into boxes, and the next day we took off, figuring on two long days between Minneapolis and Atlanta.
But the second day the weather really changed. We loved how it was getting warmer and warmer the further south we drove. Then it was suddenly incredibly rainy and windy and dark blue clouds hung low on the horizon, piling over and over themselves, chasing towards us. We were too naive to realize: we were in Indiana, right in the middle of a bunch of killer tornadoes. A semi a mile ahead of us on the freeway was flipped across the road by a hearty gust of wind, bringing traffic to a standstill. Amazingly, no one was hurt. But by the end of the day, we were road-weary warriors.
A last minute call to Robin Smith and Dean Schneider saved us. We pulled into their Nashville driveway in a pouring rain, and Robin came out of the house with a huge umbrella and escorted us in. We were fed pie, had lovely chat about books, and were tucked into cozy beds. Hot coffee in the morning, last slices of pie, and off we went.