Thursday, 11 September, 2008
Virginia Trip, Day 4
With 20 tires to be concerned about, I guess the odds of continuing problem-free days are slim. But, I get ahead of myself...
Minor issues would be something like:
- Lack of laundry facilities in the hotel, causing dirty clothes to multiply rapidly for this family of four
- Proper feeding of and caring for three varieties of domestic animals
- Keeping two youngsters entertained and whine-free while enclosed in a truck cab
Prior to leaving Aledo, TX, they had to locate a feed store to purchase fresh shavings for the horse trailer. Next came the mucking out of the old shavings (blech!), replacing them with the new (much better!), and the re-loading of critters and humans before pulling out at 11:00 a.m. MDT.
But wait! 2:30 p.m. CDT: yet another flat on the car carrier - a different tire, however. They pulled off at Exit #111 on I-30, 15 minutes out of Cumby, TX to contact Budget and await repair assistance. Wait time: 1.5 hrs for service. John created a pie chart to summarize the tire situation so far.
I was confused by the fact there is not one, but TWO Exit 111s on I-30 - one located in Texas (near Cumby) and the other near Benton, AR so it took me a while to ascertain where exactly they were on the map.
This unscheduled stop gave the horses yet another opportunity to get out and graze - in a grain field this time. Picture this: 4 horses on their lead ropes, all leads attached to another rope, which was strung between a trash can and light post, horses grazing in the field; dogs leashed to the back of the trailer, enjoying the fresh air; poor Tequila the cat still stuck in her cage in the Ford. (She may be burning through a few of her nine lives during this journey!) Tequila is, however, treated to sleeping with the family in the hotel room at night (illegally, of course). Sweet Revenge!
I asked how the walkie-talkies were working out. Other than the children driving the parents crazy with them, the charge lasted for 2 days and they had them on as they drove. Not bad. Over.
As for the personal DVD players, those have come in mighty handy. My daughter has the added advantage in the Ford of having the audio come through the truck's speakers, so she picks out movies she wants to see (all kids' Disney movies - she's such a child!) and listens to luxurious stereophonic sound.
As they drove, I located Crowley's Ridge Overnite Stables in Forrest City, AR (shown here) with an American Best Value Hotel a scant mile away. Reservations were secured for the night - guaranteed for late arrival, as this has been the case since the start of this journey.
Carisa phoned at 10:00 p.m. CDT to say they were less than 10 minutes from the stables - a somewhat earlier evening for them.
Stay tuned. Who knows what will happen to those 17 unblown tires?
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