My wife, Jo, and I took a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, in February 2011 as we had never been before and were hopeful in having a paranormal experience. We didn't experience anything supernatural, however, and after a few days of fun, we directed our vehicle in a northwestern direction.
A couple of hours later we met a couple, Randall and Shelly, in the little town of St. Francisville, Louisiana, at a little place known for their big haunting: the Myrtles Plantation. We immediately took to each other and decided to do some ghost hunting. We captured some great evidence there and became good friends!
Since that time, we've made the long drives from San Antonio to Santa Fe, TX (located in the southeastern Houston area) to share in these adventures with one another.
One weekend Jo and I called them up and we all decided to stay in the notoriously haunted Jefferson Hotel in Jefferson, TX. On June 15, 2012, on a Friday evening around 9 pm, we took off for Santa Fe, Texas to stay the night at Randall and Shelly's. The next day, we planned on heading up to Jefferson.
Around 12 am on the morning of June 16, Jo and I found ourselves traveling eastbound on the Sam Houston Tollway eager to reach our friends' house and to rest after our long drive.
As we were climbing an incline I noticed, from a distance of roughly 100 yards, a dark shadowy-something next to the guardrail (the tollway is an overpass and well lit). I believed it to be a sofa that had fallen off a truck and had perhaps landed upright or a grandfather clock? I asked Jo if she was seeing what I was seeing and after a couple of seconds of trying to reckon out what she was observing, she said that it was a person. As we got a little closer, I believed it was a person also, but as we finally got to the exact area, it disappear! This all happened in the space of about 15 seconds. I had never seen anything like it! If it was a person there was no where for them to go, but 60 feet down unto an asphalt surface and into oncoming traffic. I asked her if she got creeped out by it and she said, "No" but it definitely gave me the willies!
Upon arriving we were greeted by our hosts, given food and drink and decided to talk a little before retiring. We were talking about a television show that we had all seen and commenting on how much we enjoyed it, when I suddenly remembered the shadow thing we had seen. I interrupted Randall by saying, "Sorry to interrupt you, but I've got to tell you what we saw on the way up here before I forget!" Now, it was his turn to interrupt and he said, "Wait! Before you tell me anything, let me tell you what I've seen when I've been driving at night".
He commenced to tell Jo and I how he has seen a tall, dark shadow figure on the side of the road usually near the guardrails of bridges or overpasses and usually at night. He also said he had seen it 4 times in his life!
I asked my wife, "You got the chills now?" She said, "Hell yeah!" as she vigorously rubbed her arms. I was completely freaked out! How did he know?! What in the hell was going on?! "What is it, Randall?" I asked. He said he didn't know.
I replied "Well, as far as I'm concerned that experience was for you, brother! I ain't never seen nothing like that. That thing wanted us to tell you it said hi! So there you are: Hi! I don't want no part of it ever again. I ain't no one's messenger, especially for that crap! I'm done!" to which we all laughed and then we retired for the night, anticipating our stay at the Jefferson to hopefully experience the paranormal yet again... Which we did, but that's another story.
If anyone has experienced this phenomena and knows this roadway shadow-thing by a name, I'd sure like to hear it. I am happy to answer any questions regarding my experience and welcome any theories as to what this thing may be.