|The bare and empty garage, everything is moved out.|
|One last look at the homestead before leaving.|
Yesterday we began our trek out west. I received the word from my employer to head to Colorado for a job. We left later in the morning due to waiting for a flat tire on the trailer to be repaired and remounted, but we got on the road bright eyed and raring to go. Most of the day went great. We headed out of Indianapolis smoothly and even made it to Illinois before needing to stop for lunch. The kids were well behaved, stayed busy, and napped for part of the time. So, a grand time was being had by all, giving me reassurance that we will be all right for this initial trek out west.
And then we went to stop for fuel. This is what happened as we were getting off of the interstate and pulling into the station.
|Tire? What tire? We don’t need no stinking tire!
Umm, actually we do.
So I had the pleasure of pulling off this piece of work and putting on a spare in 110 degree heat. Thankfully I parked the RV so that this was the shady side, but the pavement was still at egg frying temperature. Soon enough I was at this point…
…which got us back on the road and on our way.
Too bad that wasn’t the last of our issues. As we were crossing I-270 over the Mississippi river, we heard a loud noise, and in our paranoid state thought that it was another tire blowing. Thankfully, all tires were intact. The downside was that I could no longer get the truck to shift past third, and it was hurting pretty bad. We have come to find out that it is the intercooler next to the turbo that blew a cap. yay.
I immediately pulled off at the next exit and parked at the first spot I could find, which turned out to be a post office. We called in for our tows (needing the RV towed to a campground and the truck to a dealer) and decided to camp out in the post office to wait. The lobby was 24 hour, so we knew we had a cool place to sit and wait.
|The tow trucks picking us up.|
Being a hot and busy day, the tows took almost 2 hours to get to us, which we spent the time on the phone calling campgrounds, dealerships, membership services, car rentals, and taxi services, trying to get ourselves set for the night. Stephanie and the kids accompanied the RV to the campground in a taxi while I rode with the truck to the dealer to leave it there, then caught my own taxi to the campground. I showed up just after the RV was setup; thank you to several kind ‘neighbors’ for helping make that happen.
We were able to bed down for the night and get some rest. Lord knows we needed it. We awoke this morning to my phone ringing. The Ford dealer was calling with information about the truck. So, now that the dust has settled, it appears that we are in St. Louis for the weekend. Parts won’t be available for them to work on the truck until Monday. Time to get a rental and do some sightseeing!
While it is easy to get really cheesed off with all of these things happening, to ask why is this happening, things were going so well, I do just have to sit back and laugh. We are making memories. We are building character. We are flexible. No, we won’t make it to Colorado for my start time on Monday. But I am not in control. I would love to think that I am, but I am not.
It is in these situations that we are reminded that God is in control, and while we may get caught up in the big things that are going wrong, I have to keep my eyes open to see God in the little things.
- We are in a big city where resources are plentiful and repairs can happen quickly.
- We didn’t break down in the middle of nowhere.
- The gentleman who brought our kids snacks while we waited in the post office, just because.
- The two tow drivers who were so flexible and helpful, waiting for us and letting me sit in the truck to wait for my cab.
- The guys who helped Stephanie set up the RV quickly, since it was dark when they pulled in.
- The KOA who, despite being booked solid, held a site for us (for 5 days!), with full hookups and in the shade.
- The ‘neighbor’ who, seeing that we were scrambling and struggling, gave us a pack of hotdogs, buns, and chips so that we had dinner last night.
- Another ‘neighbor’ who loaned us their car so that we can run to the store and get some groceries and such.
- We had the truck towed to a dealership, which after calling around, is the only one who can get to it ANYTIME next week, and for the best estimate around.
- And the myriad of others who have had some hand in getting us to where we are at.
I will also take the opportunity to plug travel and roadside insurance. Between AAA, Good Sam, and others, the only costs that we will have to pay are the truck repairs.
I have to say that we are not in what we consider to be an optimal situation, but this is what you have to be ready for when you head out on an adventure. Expect the unexpected, stay flexible, and make lemonade. A lot of lemonade. Thank you for your prayers and support, we will now commence some unplanned sight seeing in St. Louis.
Any one up for meeting me? (gotta end on a joke).