So far, this driving season has been interesting to say the least. Breakdowns, time lost, delayed deliveries, and other little buggers have dispersed themselves out to make the problems less of an annoyance.
This trip from Justin, Texas to Oakland, California is already showing signs of being more than an annoyance.
By now we would be in Kingman, Arizona – or near there – preparing to deliver in Oakland tomorrow (Friday).
Joe is taking two trucks from a Taylor Martin auction lot in Justin, Texas while I take a single.
Tuesday, July 3rd, we screamed down the highway a total of 26 miles before we had to stop for the night in Decatur, Texas to find a road service business that had not already closed shop in preparation for the July 4th Holiday.
Joe had a flat tire.
It took 3 hours to dismount the tire from the wheel….
Clean out all of the “Stop Leak” someone filled the tire with….
Locate and remove the items puncturing the tire in various locations……
Then remount the tire and wheel so we could leave early yesterday morning and get some miles behind us.
We managed to get 87 miles. My truck began dinging at me to tell me of a low coolant level problem. A radiator hose was sprinkling the water all over itself and the engine.
We stopped at a Love’s in Wichita Falls, Texas to add water. That is when I found the leak.
All road service trucks and shops were off enjoying local parades, cookouts, swimming, spending time with family and friends, and getting set to find the best seats for the firework displays later in the evening.
We got checked into a hotel in Wichita Falls to get out of the heat, catch up on our sleep, and for me to do a little experimenting with my growing craft stash.
Today we have spent over two hours getting the radiator hose changed out.
The plan for today is to get passed Albuquerque, New Mexico before we shut down for the night. Arrive in Barstow, California Friday night and Saturday night. Leave for Santa Nella (Gustine), California on Sunday then deliver on Monday.
That’s the plan. In Barstow I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on and get a little bit of crafting started.
Here’s hoping these trucks are finished with hacking up fur balls 😀
Stay cool, literally, in air conditioned environs if you can.