We finished up at PIQF with sales ahead of last year but lower than our best year. We did something right getting out of the show because we did it in less time then we have ever done. Then we started home with the intention of going to Tracy. Missed a turn and crossed a bridge at Vallejo that cost $20.00. Wee rn into congestion, road construction and heavy traffic at Travis Air Force base near Fairfield and it was 10PM. I cannot believe how much the roads have changed in 36 years. They actually built roads that weren’t there when I lived out there and I thought the State was broke. We ended up in Auburn for a short night’s sleep.
Next day we set out for home and got about 30 miles from Battle Mountain, NV with a failure in a wheel bearing. We limped into Battle Mountain calling everyone we could find to help us. A company called Atlas was able to help. They did not expect to find any parts in the town but a local Napa dealer had the bearing and seal we wanted. Of course it did not end there; we had to find a new hub because the race had spun and was no longer tight. This meant we had to drive 70 miles to Elko and back again to replace it. They were kind enough to stay late and complete the repairs and we were on one our way again about 6:30 PM. We spent over 6 hours getting going again, fell way behind in our effort to drive 750 miles each day. We ended the day in Wendover, UT on the west side of the salt flats at 11PM. At that point we were 126 miles behind our goal. And we really need to be at work on Thursday morning and I wanted to watch the debate Tuesday night which meant we had to be in a hotel room early.
Tuesday I woke at 4:30 and we left. About a half hour out of Wendover on the salt flats I sneezed and got a bloody nose. Pulled over and let Patricia drive while I nursed my nose. Got it stopped and we continued in to Salt Lake City, then up to hill to Wyoming. Of course there was a high wind advisory. Started at 35mph wind gusts and got up to 50 plus by the time we got to Laramie. The best thing was the wind was from the West and we got great gas mileage. We made it to North Platte, NE by 7:55pm and got to see the whole debate.
Just 751 miles left, what could go wrong. It started raining just past Des Moines and rained the rest of the way home. Nearly 6 hours of rain and the last 3 in darkness. What could go wrong? Trips like this I wonder why I do what I do. Oh I remember it pays the bills and I like people. I will write again when I leave for Houston. Pray for a better trip.