Friday, April 24, 2015

Unexpected Adventure

I couldn't find a "U" link that was interesting, so I'm going to tell you a story about my trip to Florida.

Last week, I was in Florida and I had driven down there from Michigan with just my daughter. Nothing happened on the road, but I found it hard to drive for such a long distance. My hands and leg kept cramping up on me. I had to get down there by Sunday because I had reservations. I stopped once for the night in Georgia and made it down okay just basically pushing past the pain.

Now my son was staying with his girlfriend’s family who happened to also be in Florida at the same time as us, but on the gulf side while I was in Orlando. I had this idea that we could meet up with him and he could drive back. So after five days of Florida, once again we were back on the road Saturday morning, but this time with Sean at the wheel. 

So hours later, we’re in the mountains of Tennessee driving next to a semi whose engine begins to fall apart. I see all this smoke and a part hits the windshield. I was sitting in the backseat and at first, I thought it was my engine. I thought for sure the windshield was broke, but it wasn’t. It was this semi breaking down next to us. 

Apparently it couldn’t get up the mountain. Sean hurried and got us away from it. Behind us, it was pulling over. Meanwhile oil was splattered all over the hood of my car.

Then while in Lexington we ended up in a long traffic jam for no reason, except the highway was down to two lanes. Finally we got out of that, checked in the hotel and went to Golden Corral for dinner. It seemed like a great idea at the time, but I didn’t really like it. It was buffet style, packed with people and gathering my own food in a crowd wasn’t much fun.

The next day we were back on the road and soon in Ohio on I75. Next thing I know, we have a flat tire. There was something in the road and there was another vehicle pulled over. So we had all this luggage in the trunk and had to take it all out to get to the spare. Other drivers were all trying to get into the left lane (at seeing two cars pulled over.) This thing in the road, whatever it was, even put dents in the rim. Sean changed the tire and was like “we can get in on this” I said no we have to get it fixed because if that goes flat then we have nothing. My GPS was very helpful. All I had to do was type in “Walmart” and it found one in 4.6 miles. Then press GO and it took us right to it. 

Other people were in the Walmart who had also hit the same thing in the road. There was even another guy who had tried to ride on the spare and ruined his spare. So that was a good example for Sean. Oddly, the Walmart was mostly empty. I guess we were there at church time, except for the tire center, of course.

An hour and a half later and we were back on the road. I had bought subs in there so we didn’t have to stop for lunch.

My conclusion is….never drive to Florida again. Not so much because of these incidents, but because I spent two weekends in a car.

However, the vacation was great in a lot of ways: See letter V


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What on earth was all over the road I wonder?
I hate driving long distances. Mostly due to traffic. Sometimes I wonder why I own a sports car when I rarely get to let her run.

Pat Dilloway said...

I never tried to drive more than 4 or 5 hours at a time. By that point I'd start to get tired. Driving a hundred miles or more on a baby spare really wouldn't be a good idea though some people use those pretty much as regular tires. Golden Corral always seems busy when I go there.

Cindy said...

My only guess is one of those metal rods that is supposed to be in the concrete may have been sticking up.

Stepheny Houghtlin said...

Following your blog after finding you during the #Challenge. Regarding this post, questioning why a reader would be interested in a trip that went so badly. Building readership requires a pay off, don't you think. So many blogs to read, so little time. Just something I've learned for participating for 3 years in the #Challenge and learning what works and what doesn't. Just a thought for a fellow writer.

Cindy said...

Sometimes I post personal experiences whether they be good or bad. This one does sound a bit negative, but I meant to be a little humorous too. I enjoyed the vacation overall, just not being on the road. Who's to say what a reader is interested in? Maybe you would like my V post better. That one is very positive about my vacation.