Tuesday, August 10, 2010


This is a true story and you decide whether it is coincidence or guardian angels were at work.

This event happened on Friday, June 26th, the 2nd day of our recent Route 66 adventure. We got up around 6:30 a.m., took showers and were ready to get on the road. I put my contact lenses in but the right lense gave me trouble. So I took it out and tried to rinse off whatever was on the lense that caused the irritation. After the third time of taking the lense out and putting it back on, I decided to open a new package for a fresh lense (good thing the lenses were disposable). We finally left Tucumcari, New Mexico at around 8:00 a.m., half an hour later than we had planned.
At 9:10 a.m. we decided to stop in Santa Rosa and thought the Silver Moon Café would be a good place to enjoy a nice breakfast. One table with a family of 4 was eating, and a couple at another table just got their food served as we walked in. After we were seated, another couple came thru the door. We informed a 30-something waitress that we were ready to place our order when she brought us coffee. Another waitress in her 60s took care of the other customers. Half an hour later, we still did not get the scrambled eggs, ham and toast for me and an egg with American cheese omelet with toast for my husband. We inquired and were told it would be ready in a few minutes. We exchanged disappointing looks with the other customers and we all questioned the reasons for the delay when the place was almost empty. We finally got our food and got on the road at 10:45 a.m.

Ten minutes later, we encountered heavy traffic going westbound on I-40. Motorists were directed to use the right shoulder while the eastbound was completely shutdown. I was able to take these photos while emergency vehicles were still on the scene.

It looks like the driver of the 18-wheeler lost control, coming from the eastbound direction, crashed thru the median and jack-knifed with the trailer and the heavy load blocking 2/3 of the westbound lanes.

I was not happy when the right contact lense gave me trouble earlier. We were upset when the service at Silver Moon Café was unreasonable slow. Then we realized if it was not for the delay, we could have been on the road where the 18-wheeler came crashing thru. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time!

Is it coincidence or guardian angels were at work, you decide. Do you have a similar story you wish to share?

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