Review of "Epic April - Tour 1 - 10 Days" by Tornadic Expeditions

General review

I came over from New Zealand for my first ever storm chase and wow what an epic experience. Erik and his team certainly knew their stuff and their excitement was infectious. He certainly picked the right storms to chase. Driving for hours under a blue sky was the norm, sometimes you’d have to wait for a bit before boom the storms came to life right before your eyes right where Erik said they would be. We chose to do the Prime Intensity 4A 10 day tour to maximise our chances of seeing something. Well we saw plenty of action. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Erik would have us at another destination in time to see some more magic unfold. We saw tornados, an epic hail storm in Colorado, a dust storm, crazy lightning storms and standing in the powerful inflows was incredible. The accommodation was clean and reasonable with most hotels having a breakfast although a brunch at a nearby diner was often done. Some nights we didn’t get to the hotel until 2 am and when this happened we didn’t check out until 11 the next morning which was good and needed. Doing this 10 day tour we knew there would be a lot of driving involved, we covered 4407 miles or 7092 km driving through Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado. I highly recommend this tour, it’s well organised, friendly and they are very knowledgeable.

Vehicle review:

The vehicles we travelled in were roomy, comfortable and had charging ports and wifi. Which was good because we covered a lot of miles in them. We had 4 guests in each van so we all had a window seat and rotated front or back every second day as well as swapped between van 1 or van 2. Each van had a screen in the back so we could all see the meteorological data coming through or as we did one night on the way to the hotel we watched the Twister movie.

Tour guide review:

What impressed me the most about this tour guide was the excellent communication. No matter the time difference between NZ and the USA Erik never left you waiting for a response to even the simplest of questions. It was this great communication which made me decide to use Tornadic Expeditions. Erik is very knowledgeable and loves to share his passion for storms (and food) with his guests. He always had us in the right place to watch the storms as they started developing and we chased them as they matured and intensified. We didn’t miss any storms or end up empty handed. Erik and his team had us in the action every time.

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