Well, we have made it - beautiful downtown Rochester. It's a balmy 9 degrees here (that's above zero folks). We spent last night in Quincy, IL, and woke up to a light snowfall of about 1.5 inches. The roads for the first 30 or 40 miles were covered with blowing snow, but about 20 miles from the Missouri / Iowa border, the snow stopped, and the roads cleared up. The poor car is now red and white polka dots, as these folks really make use of the salt on the roads.
I have not seen this amount of snow in many years. It is not unusual to see snow drifts four to six feet deep, and piles that are 20 feet or more high. Even with that amount of snow, the roads are in amazing shape - mostly just dry. Now, they may have snow piled up on each side of the road many feet high, but the roads are great.
We are staying at an Extended Stay America - studio apartment style rooms with a full kitchen, and lots of room to spread out. When I checked in, the clerk had me fill out a form, and one of the questions was concerning the purpose of the travel. She said, Mayo Clinic, I presume. She presumed that someone from sunny Kentucky would not travel to Minnesota in January for any other reason. Pretty smart lady !! They have a shuttle to the clinic that runs every 10 minutes, so we are going to take advantage of that convenience.
We have to be at the clinic at 7:45 am Monday morning for a 8:05 am appointment.
My goal is to provide regular updates on Rondia's experience on this blog. We are truly grateful for all the support and prayers of friends and family, so stay tuned.