Good morning from Butner, NC.
Let's just say that our trip plans encountered a huge hiccup. This chapter of our adventure is sure to be one that you will cry and laugh right along with us.
We were supposed to leave Friday night but we had too many things to finish in the house plus we didn't want to fight Friday traffic. We decided to camp in the house one last night and get up early Saturday morning to start the drive.
We have the most amazing neighbors who brought us coffee at 430am. Complete with cream, sugar and to-go cups. They have always been a saving grace to us and once again I was thankful for this amazing couple. Just great people.
Once everything was loaded on the truck we had my car to complete which was zoo central. The dog, my other kitty and two funny guinea pigs all loaded. We placed Silver (kitty) in a crate to keep him contained until we were on the road. He was NOT a happy camper.
I had one last goodbye from a friend that stopped by at 5am to see us off. My crazy friend Michelle made my morning and made me cry. I'm going to miss my great friends in VA.
We got on the road and everything was awesome…. until the smell in my car was NOT GOOD. When silver gets nervous he tends to poo. Yep… he was nervous. This prompted a quick stop and clean up then on the road again.
We had a great stretch of driving for about 3 hours when Russ calls me on the phone to say pull over at the next exit. We have a problem.
WELCOME to Butner, NC. The truck was not acting right and was getting no power. We parked the truck and promptly went to find a service center. True blessing… this very small town had a Chevy service center. It was 11am and they were only open until 1pm. We were also grateful to get the truck to this service center.
We couldn't turn the car off because we had all of the animals and it was HOT outside. Since the service center needed time to figure out the problem we decided to grab lunch for the kiddies. SONIC! Again, may not be the healthiest food but it was perfect for a family that needed to eat in the car with a zoo.
We headed back to the service center and heard the news we were dreading. It looks like a cracked manifold. This was way over my head in understanding but the look on Russ face told the story. It's not good.
At this point I felt terrible for Russ. He was upset that we were in this situation & blaming himself. He did all the right things before we left and had the truck serviced. I reassured the Prince we were just creating more to our crazy story.
Since the news was bleak on the truck they also told us it would not be fixed until Monday. Oh no!
Breaking that news to the kids was not easy. As we sat in my car and told the kids the news I had two kids crying, a husband who was disappointed, a cat meowing and myself thinking…. "God, is this your way of telling us we needed to rest?"
Our next stop was to find a hotel that took animals.
Our new home for the next few days is the Best Western. As silly as this sounds we were SO excited that they took pets, had a pool and hot breakfast. At this point the little things become BIG things. Only problem was the room wouldn't be ready for 1.5 hours. <sigh>
Again, with all the animals there wasn't much to do except sit idle and keep the car cool until the room was ready.
Once we were finally able to get into our room the kids were ready for the pool. That's when we heard thunder. Then I had two kids crying again. Meanwhile I am laughing… really this is how we roll.
As I sit in my comfy hotel bed this morning all I can do is be thankful. Russ and I needed a REST. Obviously this is not how we planned it but someone else had a bigger plan.
Monday we are praying the truck gets fixed and we can be on our way. I can't ask for much more.
We have never had a smooth move and never had one that didn't cost us a ton of money.
*Pensacola to San Diego – TWO speeding tickets and flat tire!
*Jacksonville to Co Springs- $500 vet bill from dog eating something in nasty hotel
*Co Springs to VA- ran out of gas then found out the gas gage was screwed up.
See, this is just adding to the other great stories. Moving is an adventure for the Van Deep in Troubles.
Thank you so much for the sweet comments on Shelby. I miss her TERRIBLY. Still cannot believe she is not on this trip.
To Be Continued….