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From Austin, we might keep on with Turtle Creek to Moscow. We came upon a gravel street that took us north among the river and a railroad spur, however it dead-ended all too quickly at a hog barn. A paved county street was once our in basic terms northward alternative, however it curved clear of the river. We stored our eyes at the line of timber that marked the process the Cedar, hoping the line may veer that means back. So targeted have been we on that elusive river that we slightly spotted the sky to the north. A border is an arbitrary line drawn on a map to demarcate one jurisdiction from one other, yet in this day, the nation line separated summer season elegance from an ominous darkness. simply as we crossed again into Minnesota, a blue-black wall of cloud loomed prior to us, stretching all around the northern horizon. We either knew, having grown up during this storm-prone area, how localized and bounded the elements could be. I flashed on a reminiscence of operating domestic from a friend’s condominium sooner than the rain, listening to it fall in the back of me but staying dry the complete approach. lets hurry to the Speer farm after which wait out the passage of the hurricane in a restaurant someplace. At lunch in Adams, we had crammed up on sandwiches regardless of the menu’s tantalizing checklist of freshly baked pies. We had counted on making up for that errors later within the afternoon. In our hurry to get to Austin, we overlooked the river perspectives from Minnesota’s road one zero five. We became west at the road I take into accout as previous US sixteen, and that i watched for the Oakland elevator that marked our flip towards Moscow. Raindrops have been already outstanding the windshield, adequate to place the wipers on intermittent. We either driven away our lifelong wisdom approximately clouds as darkish and strong because the ones that confronted us once we made the flip. As we crested the hill the place the line dips down into outdated Moscow village, a wind gust broadsided the auto and blew over a garden swing on the residence we have been passing. I slightly keep in mind turning the automobile round, yet we have been fast heading south back, riding clear of the wind on a perpendicular line, our childhoods’ twister instincts in complete equipment. With the rain falling seriously, I the pavement’s white edging again into Austin. It used to be time for pie. We scouted storefronts alongside our method yet observed not anything that promised foodstuff and respite. within the middle of city, we parked around the road from a espresso store, ducked lower than an umbrella, and ran inside of. the store used to be last in fifteen mins, barely enough time to down a cup of espresso and want for the hurricane to move fast. It didn’t. simply as we close ourselves contained in the vehicle back, a deafening downpour begun. The rain fell so thick that lets now not see the storefronts only a sidewalk’s width away. The phrases “flash flood” got here to brain, and we have been within the worst attainable position for one. Downtown Austin is at risk of flooding because the rain overwhelms the hurricane sewers and the Cedar spills over its banks. Many lengthy and concerned mins later, with the rain abating, we wound our method via city, averting flooded streets and skirting a brand new lake within the car parking zone of a shopping center till we have been secure and dry on street 218 headed again to the dual towns.