On a "good" day hubby's commute to work is just over an hour and his commute at the end of the day can average about 65-70 minutes. On the "best" of days he's done the trip in the morning at about 55 minutes. The actual distance is only about 50 miles, but a good portion of that is on major highways where everyone and anyone is trying to get to work (Myra will know the roads well, Highway 17 South and 1-10 East).
I know he's not the only one making such a commute, but I know any commute can be taxing especially dodging traffic here and there. He uses the GPS on his phone and keeps track of traffic hold ups and takes alternative ways to get both to and from work. Most of the time it pays off.
Tonight though.......was an anomaly I hope not soon repeated.
Arizona is in monsoon season. Violent at times, I'll call them, storms filled with lightening and thunder and a dumping of rain. Flash floods possible. Monsoon season starts middle of June and I think if I remember correctly goes to the end of September (help me with this Myra if I got that wrong).
I could see the dark clouds in the direction he would be traveling from. He texts when he leaves "on my way." (Conversely in the morning, he texts "I'm here" when he gets to work).
When he text tonight, I told him to be careful because I could see the clouds and how ominous they looked. He text back and said he had heard of flash flooding in Phoenix.
An hour later he called and reported Highway 17 was closed due to flooding. People were being diverted to the city streets, which was causing major traffic jams all over the city. The storm hit about 5 p.m. Rush hour traffic time.
Hubby eventually made it home. Three hours after he left work. Two hours after he normally would have made it home.
He kept calling and telling me of his progress (or lack of progress).
Thankfully the 10 o'clock news said Highway 17 is opened up again so hopefully, God willing, his commute in the morning should be somewhat normal.
Funny thing part of the city got over 2.5 inches of rain. Us where we live?? Barely a shower. Wet the deck a bit, but dry within minutes.
He and all that traveled the roads tonight were definitely troopers. I do appreciate his efforts to provide for his family.
(Thanks for all the great comments on my last post; I truly appreciated your input, your insight, your thoughtful words shared. I learned so much and plan to change some things on how I interact with others in the days to come. I've said it before and I'll say it again and again, you guys are all the best.)
Just stay away from monsoons if you can.
Especially during rush hour traffic.