Today is Friday, September 8th. Last Wednesday, Treky announced that we are evacuating due to the predictions that Hurricane Irma may come our way.
Tippy pleaded, "No, I don't want to go. I love this place."
Ron doesn't want to leave our home either but when it comes to matters like this, Treky is the boss.
Treky heard on TV that the interstate highways are congested with so many other people evacuating so he chose to travel on some back roads that only he knows about.
We traveled about 50 miles and didn't see any unusual traffic.
Just a nice leisurely drive so far.
Then when we got on US 27 North, traffic picked up. See that service station on the left? Traffic was backed up to get gas. We passed several stations that were completely out of gas. Folks were filling up anticipating evacuating. Treky had filled up on Tuesday afternoon.
Look at the lines at Flying J in Midway, Florida. We spent the first night here. Midway is about halfway between Tallahassee and Pensacola.
On Thursday morning we got on I-10 Westbound. Look at the load in this jeep. They are taking everything they can. It hurts to leave your things behind when you don't know what will happen to them. Also, look at the traffic in front of the Jeep. - Clogged.
Traffic was stop and go on I-10 west. Note that I-10 eastbound has just regular traffic. Here we were stopped for about 30 minutes without moving an inch. See at the top of the picture - Trucks stopped too.
This driver was afraid that he would run out of gas so he brought along five five-gallon cans of extra fuel. Better to be safe. Treky holds 31 gallons - much more than the average car or small truck.
The second night we spent at the Flying J truck stop in Birmingham, Alabama.
The next day (09-08-2017), we checked in to a campground in Starkville, Mississippi. We plan on staying here until we get permission to go back home to see what's left. The brunt of the storm is forecast to hit our county on next Sunday and Sunday night with 80 to 100 miles per hour wind and six to eight inches of rain. The three of us hope for the best but don't expect it.
Ron, Tippy and Treky