Okay. So we are not dead in the water. We are sort of crippled but not paralyzed. Our pickup engine has been running rough and displays a solid yellow icon for a while then goes out.
Once the engine finishes hacking up a fur ball the light goes out and the engine runs like normal.
Not this morning. It was hacking, wheezing, and sputtering. Joe babied it for about 40 miles then called it quits and parked us at a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center.
Joe hired a taxi to take us to the nearest Avis Car Rental. The car took us the rest of the way to get one of Joe’s trucks then return to the Lowe’s to get the trailer.
I’ve wanted a real car for quite a while. Something to drive when we are home. Something that rides smoothly and I can slide in instead of climbing up and being bounced and jarred.
Renting a car is my idea of test driving. Getting the feel of the seats, knobs, buttons, and the pedals. Each time I swear I’m driving a skateboard.
The rental car gets us the final 60 miles. Joe gets his truck and I follow him back to our pickup.
Now Joe has been running ideas past me on exactly HOW to get the job ahead accomplished.
The trailer has to be separated from the pickup. It also has to hold still and not roll away.
Just exactly when am I going to learn that Joe can make anything happen?!
The plan is to use a tree to facilitate the release from the pickup and the joining of big truck to trailer. (Me? I wondered how a tree would be strong enough. Cops, SWAT, the National Guard, or some other branch of authority will show up after the tree is uprooted, trailer accelerating in speed as it heads unhindered into traffic or come to a crashing stop against the Lowe’s block wall. )
Oh me if little faith.
Joe backed the trailer up to the tree, got a chain out and wrapped it around said tree and commenced doing his magic.
Joe even took a bow after doing his trick.
Just so you know. There were no trees harmed in this display of genius.
Now it is time to return the rental car and get to work. We will come back for the pickup later as we head out for Colorado.
Tomorrow we will go back for our pickup and it will be taken to a Ford garage in Denver before we fully deliver there.
Have a goodnight and a great Thursday.