Whenever you are traveling from Houston/Dallas to Denver, you have two options; going the back way through Amarillo/Raton Pass or up through OKC/Kansas to I70. Now, generally, you need to make your decision on WEATHER! LOL. That, was not really why I chose the Kansas route this time around, it had more to do with my van not breaking down. I hoped the interstate would be easier on the engine (Mazda). It has been a great little van, other than it has a pinhole in the radiator & has spit spark plugs out to the cylinder head up through the ignition coils..... yea.
Man, we saw this storm a comin about a 100 miles away. I was even on the phone with my wife saying, "there is a storm ahead & we are going right in..." The storm developed very quickly & we were here at the beginning of what rambled on for the rest of the afternoon & evening. Luckily, I trusted the bad feeling that I had & we exited I70 to avoid hail. 80 mph winds > felt that. Tornado warning > Saw that.
We had to go about 35 south @ 80mph to avoid this storm. I have seen tornadoes up close, been through Hurricane Ike as well as many severe snow storms.... this was pretty epic.