Monday, May 23, 2011

Impromptu Chase: 05/21/2011

Fucking Shackleford. The winner in the Preakness Stakes and the horse that robbed me of a trifecta bet that would have netted $700.00 bucks on a .50 cent bet.

Grrrrr.

Deciding to stick around and finding a couple of other tracks to bet was an easy choice. We gained some ground in the win column but certainly not enough to completely eliminate the sting of the previous loss.

Flipping around the television dial while waiting for the next race yielded another possible adrenaline boost:

Tornado sighted in Maple Grove.

It was an easy choice to bolt from the betting parlor since I had all my gear in the truck and ready to go. My brother decided to ride shotgun.

We decided to intercept the slow NNE ward moving storm east of Ham Lake. By then, reports were coming in giving us reason to think that made our decision even easier.



Headed up Interstate 35 toward Wyoming exiting on Co. Rd 22 where we finally intercepted the one cell that looked like it had promise. After a brief bit of angry churning. It simply failed to produce anything of substance.

We were able to get some nice shots of a shelf cloud on the leading edge. But that too looked as if it was having a tough time keeping it's act in order.

We decided to follow the cell east for a bit and headed to Stacy MN. which was a short trip up the Interstate. We basically watched as it crossed Interstate 35 it take its last gasp for life and die becoming outflow dominant.

It was by this time, too dark to do anything further so, we rolled up our tent and headed home.

Wasn't a bad run to test the equipment, and to get my brother hooked into future chases.



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