Oct 24, 2016

Day 25 and 26

So sometimes vacations get disrupted. Earlier in this vacation we were visited by Hurricane Matthew remember. Now we have a new thing you never want to see while traveling...
We had two and a half hours left on our trip yesterday through the mountains. Our battery light came on in the van. We stopped at a rest stop to read the manual about what to do. Of course it says to not drive after farther. Here we sat at a rest stop on a major hiway not what you want to have happen. So I get on the phone to a repair man. He showed up within minutes. He said it was either a battery or alternator issue. We started with the battery. (OMGoodness battery prices have went WAY up!!) New battery in. Hopefully we are okay. The light is off when we start the van. Off we go.

Just a few miles on the interstate and bing the light comes back on. Not good. I called the mechanic and luckily he was one exit away. We pulled over and now he says Let's change the alternator. We are in a drink parking lot. One very small gas station. Nothing else within sight. Plus the mechanic doesn't even know if this will fix the issue. Oh no. So we all crossed our fingers and we hobbled the 2 and a half hours to our hotel. No radio. No headlights (luckily it was still daylight). No vent (luckily the weather was perfect). I didn't breath the whole time. I didn't want mom to know I was scared to death. Here we are on in steep mountains on a hiway that doesn't have a pull off lane most spots.

But we arrived safely at our hotel. Now we get to thinking. There is food within walking distance. We have little more than 5 hours home tomorrow. Maybe it will be better to get it looked at here than to be on the side of anything hiway in nowhere tomorrow.  So this morning we got it towed to a dealership. It will be looked at this afternoon. At least we are a hotel safe and sound. So we are having an unscheduled lazy day today. I did bring my stitching in to work on since the lighting is nice in here. Yesterday was very frustrating but all I keep telling myself now is we're safe. So now just hope it's a quick fix and back to us soon.

9 comments:

  1. Isn't this your new vehicle? Boy I sure hope that it IS a quick fix!! {{{{{{{}}}}}}}

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  2. How frightening! I hope it's sorted quickly and cheaply for you.

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  3. That is never a good feeling - we rely so much on our vehicles. I'm glad you are all safe and comfortable and I hope the problem is some silly little thing that is easily fixed.

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  4. Oh I remember you mentioning a new truck!
    I hope this is nothing too serious and expensive to fix!
    At least you're all safe, that is the most important.

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  5. I've got my fingers crossed its all sorted and you are able to continue on your journey home (and it's not cost you too many $$)

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  6. This is certainly proving to be an eventful holiday! Hope it all gets sorted out satisfactorily.
    I was wondering if you ever consider visiting another country or is it difficult with Jeremiah? You certainly get to visit every corner of your own!

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  7. Oh yikes! I've had alternator issues with our old truck, it was a nightmare. DH kept coming to bail me out and got really good at changing out the alternator. Fingers crossed you're home safe tomorrow!

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  8. Oh my, Katie, this doesn't sound good. And is not a nice end of your vacation time. I'm glad to read that you made it safely to your hotel. And now I hope that you are safely back home.

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  9. Ouch! I'm glad you were able to make it back to the hotel and get it to a dealership!

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