The first leg of the trip commenced in Connecticut, with an early morning departure at 4:00 AM. With a packed Jeep Grand Cherokee, dog (Wes) and cat (Bonnie), Alex and I hit the road, Austin bound. It was an inauspicious start. Not far from Stanford heading to NYC in the pitch dark, two wheels flew off of an 18 wheeler and were airborne only one car away. They  bounced into that small car, which nearly exploded. After the tires bounced from THAT car, Alex adeptly swerved left – right – left and avoided them hitting US. Thanks to the heft of the jeep, we did not flip. Time slowed down enough for me to see the windows explode from the forward car. The car behind us careened into the Jersey barrier to avoid slamming into us, while we drove through a shower of shrapnel, including glass, metal, and rubber. The truck pulled over. All of this took place in the span of 10 seconds. We came through and spontaneously prayed aloud. We pulled over but feared that we would be slammed from behind. We had zero damage;it was a feat of driving and a minor miracle. After that, the 1700 mile trek was a cinch

Heidi and Alex Driving

Heidi and Alex Driving