Worst bowl trip ever. We drove from Houston the day before the game. We had reservations for two nights at the old Howard Johnson on 75. The ice storm was already in progress on the drive. We checked into the HJ and our room had no power. I saw other buildings in the complex with power so I went back to the front desk to request another room. Folks from the surrounding neighborhood were checking in because their power was out as well. After some hell raising, we got another room, although the heat was not working properly.
We decided to check out the day of the game due to the lack of heat in the room.
At the game, we had to break ice loose from our seats. Not only was the temperature in the single digits, but the wind was howling, too. I believe all but possibly one score was made in the south end zone due to the wind, which is one reason our 22 point lead evaporated in the fourth quarter.
The drive home was as bad as others described it. We didn’t move for an hour at one point, and finally drove through a median and circled behind the big rest area south of Ennis, and got around the traffic. I had a big land whale '78 Thunderbird which may have helped with traction. We stopped for breakfast in Huntsville, and by the time we arrived in Houston, we were almost into morning rush hour.
To top the trip off, we arrived home to frozen pipes in the house. Luckily, they did not burst. The other thing I recall is that we mush have turned the heat in the house off or way down, and all of the fish in our aquarium were floating.