This was the scene as we left Cedar Falls, Iowa at 9 pm Central for what was to be a 7 hour drive through the night to Indianapolis for an 11 am Eastern tip for Siena-Butler. We took off down the road and assumed we were in for a long night of driving and being careful on the road. What we ended up with were the worst road conditions I have ever seen and a stretch of road from Waterloo to Cedar Rapids Iowa in which we were told (after we had navigated the 45 miles), "police are advising motorists to not even consider going on that road tonight." We wish we had know that prior to the scariest 75 minutes of driving of my life. After pulling off at the end of a 45 mile ride from hell, we decided we had been defeated and the dream of making Siena-Butler at a time before Drew would normally even be awake, was shattered.
We then stopped in Cedar Rapids at a Days Inn, and an old lady at the front desk asked what we were doing. I said, "well its snowing hard and we dont want to be on these roads anymore." As Drew and Tomlin began making jokes about driving from Cedar Falls to Cedar Rapids on roads that are slicker than Jamie Dixon's hair, the lady began to get angry. She then replied with total disdain, "oh do you think you are better than Iowa?" Hopefully Jeff Foxworthy will take that premise for a new gameshow on Fox.
So we have decided to do a detour...now instead of Siena-Butler, we are going to try and make the 2 pm Eastern tip of Louisville-Depaul. The CBS College Basketball Road Trip rolls on with a car full of travelers who are better than Iowa.