The ninth day of our move was May 17, 2017 and we spent the day driving through Minnesota, Iowa and into Illinois.
This was the first day we really had to deal with any bad weather. Many years ago we had lived a short time in Iowa so we were familiar with the risk of tornadoes, especially during late spring / early summer. The clouds were ominous and there had indeed been tornadoes in different areas of the country associated with this storm, but we were fortunate and saw no real signs of the weather turning quite that bad for us. We managed to outrun the worst of it.
Day 8 was May 16, 2017 and we were now driving from Wyoming, across South Dakota and into Minnesota. As we crossed time zone after time zone it started feeling “real” that we were back in the Lower 48.
One of the strangest things for me personally to get used to in Alaska was the significant time difference from the East Coast which impacted weird stuff that messes with your sense of normalcy. Like football starting at 8:00 in the morning – very odd, but cool. Now we started to feel normal again.