It has been a while since I’ve spent a winter on the road.

This time of year I have been snuggled up in my home all warm and toasty. For the past four or five years Joe would be out in the cold by himself driving the highways.

The weather has been pretty fair so far. Temperatures in the high 30’s, bright sunshine, and little wind. The roads are all clear. Texas and Oklahoma the temperatures were up into the mid 40’s.

Traveling through Missouri this morning the tree lined highways are barren of leaves.


A rock face, cut through for the highway, is lined with frozen waterfalls. Ground water weeps through the rock in warmer time and is barely noticeable. In winter the cold air decorates the weeping rock with fingers of ice.


Fields, normally verdant with lush green growth, now lay slumbering beneath a blanket of snow.


Moving through Missouri and into Illinois the landscape continues with snow covered fields. This land, however, is dotted with ponds. During the growing season the ponds are hardly seen due to the tall grasses that thrive and reach for the suns warmth. Today the ponds are iced over and bring back memories of my childhood days spent trying to ice skate. Twisted ankles and an aching bum feature prominently in those memories. Running nose and red cheeks intertwine with the aches and pains.


We have arrived in Dixon, Illinois. Too late to deliver today but we will do that in the morning then make our way to Nashville, Tennessee with a stop in Danville, Illinois first to see Shelly.

What memories do winter landscapes bring to your mind? I’d love to know how you remember the cold snow covered ground and iced over ponds.


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

5 responses to “It has been a while since I’ve spent a winter on the road.

  • JasmineKyleSings

    OH I LOVE road trips. I can’t STAND to fly!!! Have a BLAST!!!

  • gardenpinks

    Hate winter, ice and snow with a passion – it means inadequate footwear when I was a child and as an adult it means hard work, being cold and falling over 😦 The only time snow looks pretty is on Christmas cards!!
    Luckily the blanket of snow on the fields in your pics are only an inch or so deep the last snow we had here in 2010/2011 was feet deep. Dreadful stuff!
    Safe travelling to both of you 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxx

    • Message In A Fold

      My dear friend, winters are quite harsh on you 😦 Sorry, but I had a chuckle at your “falling over” bit (as an adult it means hard work, being cold and falling over). Young people can slip and fall on the ice and get back up, not so easy for those of us up there in years and stiffened bodies.

      Our winter has only begun. February is when it is the harshest. The older I get, quite possibly you will agree, winters seem so much longer than three months. They feel like an eternity while our cold bones await spring to thaw out. I have to say you are correct….snow only looks good on Christmas cards.

      Hope you and Rod are well. Dodging this season’s flu virus and keeping warm the best you can.

      Love you – Leslie

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