It has been a few days since our last blog entry and email issue of Tribal Artery. There are several reasons (but no excuses, as the cliché goes, doesn’t it?)
First of the reasons, but of no special significance is that writing is work. Yes, I know. I am a writer (sometimes) and I really do love words and writing. Still, I have yet to meet anyone who writes who doesn’t find it to be work, and time-consuming work, at that.
In fact, that worked out well. There are few cars on the road during the early hours and it is easy to make good, safe time. We were through
We had decided to try to make the trip one day faster going back. We had traveled for four days and three nights going West. This being our first trip with
It's Always Something
Things went so positively that we figured we could travel longer daily segments and cut the trip down to three days and two nights on the way back to
We pressed on. Passing around
We were zipping along at top Interstate speed as we approached the exit warning signs for Route 20 east. We maneuvered across four lanes to get into the right hand lane. We were rolling along without a concern when, “BLUEY!”
The Worst Sound on the Highway
We lost the right rear tire to a blow out. We said our thanks that we were not in the express lane as we started to hear the wheel rim make breakfast scrabble out of the tire. We were further blessed that we were less than 100 yards from an off-ram. Furthermore, it was a ramp that was under construction so that there was no heavy traffic coming on to it and orange cones to hide the Element behind as we waited for AAA to show up. We even considered it a blessing that the ramp had a grassy knoll (only in
In no time it seemed, a truck pulled up and a guy got out. He surveyed the damage. Like Santa, laying a finger aside of his nose, he went straight to work. All I had to do was unload some of the extra gear we were carrying on the back deck so that we could get at the 50-mile-max temporary spare. In about 10 minutes, he had the spare on the axle. Then, it turned out he was not from AAA but he was a worker on the road construction crew. He saw us broken down and came over, like a Good Samaritan, to help. I didn’t learn that until he was packing up to go. With great gratitude I offered what cash I had in my pocket – we hadn’t gotten to the ATM yet, given our late start.
He declined to take anything, saying, “This just something I do.” As he drove off, the AAA service truck pulled up.
It's Also Alway Something Good
It's Also Alway Something Good
The blessings didn’t cease. At the base of the off-ramp was a u-turn lane going almost directly to a mall with a
All things considered, as bad as the event of a blow-out on an Interstate could have been, everything fell into place to remind us that, even when bad things happen, there is plenty of “good” to be grateful for. Later, we reflected that even oversleeping had been a blessing. Had we left at our our normal , we would have been sitting in the dark on the Interstate with a flat tire at about , before sun-up. And before any stores were open.
We continued east on I-20, taking a different route back, thanks to AAA Trip-Tik routing. Our I-20 destination was
An early morning departure had us back in our routine and on schedule. That was until we hit
Then Came The Rains
Continue on we did, hoping to make it to
We arrived in
I wish we could say we are done with that. We are not. Although the last of Salvador Romero’s and Lionel Sanchez’s carvings have been posted to the website, there still is some jewelry to go up. We did get a couple dozen Native American cross pendants posted, however. If you are looking for a nice religious pendant, starting as low as $30, check out the crosses pages at Native-JewelryLink. While I am at it, I might as well send you to
So those are the adventures of William, Sue and the greyhound
I do hope to blog some more thoughts on
I hope I can get something written before the weekend, when I will travel to
More to come.
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