November 28th, 2005


stuck in Russell... not THAT Russell

Location: Russell, KS

On my way to Denver last night, my progress was impeded by the weather. Things were windy and manageable until I got west of Salina, KS as the snow began to set in. The Kansas DOT closed I-70 at exit 184 in the small town of Russell. I got here about 3am this morning and will likely be here until sometime tomorrow. I found out after checking the DOT website that Kansas has closed I-70 from here all the way to the Colorado border.

Additionally, Colorado has closed all westbound traffic from their state line to the town of Limon, CO.

That means 275 miles of westbound interstate completely closed to traffic. That also means that the little town of Russell is overflowing with travellers of all sorts. All of the motels are booked, which isn't much of an issue for travellers like myself who have their truck to sleep in comfortably, but for the average motorist it's been a nightmare. When I got in this morning, there were people sleeping in their cars in the parking lots of the motels and restaurants.

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