When the road smoothed out, I hit the accelerator. The only tracks on the road were ours from our drive in earlier. With storms erupting around us we blasted out of there at speeds up to 70mph. We were hit with a couple of rounds of heavy rain but never enough to cause problems with the road.
As we came around one sweeping curve at about 50 mph, a stick that was lying in the road suddenly sprang to live and leapt about 3' in the air and 5' off the road to the right. The stick was actually a snake trying to get out of the way of our speeding Jeep. I never knew they could jump so high or far! It wasn't a rattler but I have no idea what type it was. Ain't never seen nothin' like that afore!