Maybe we’ve been sitting still for so long, we’ve lost our long distance traveling mojo. Yes, we did a good 550 mile PDD yesterday despite the inverter troubles. Today, we figured we’d have it much easier, only about 280 easy miles to go.
Or so we thought.
We planned our route to go the most direct path. The price of diesel fuel often drives the direction we travel, even though the Journey’s diesel engine is running extremely well and giving us a consistent 8.5 mpg.
After leaving the interstate for a short cut, and traveling some 25 miles on a back road to cross a bridge over the Mississippi, we arrived to find it closed to large vehicles because of repairs. Cars only. We’re not a car, nope, not even close.
So, back the 25 miles to the highway and a longer route that took us right through St. Louis and all its lovely traffic.
We made a Walmart stop to pick up some odds and ends. I did my usual walk around the Journey before getting back on the road and I found another maintenance issue.
The fancy chrome tailpipe on the Journey’s exhaust system has gone AWOL. More fun and games!
As we traveled towards our final destination, the Pin Oak Campground near our son Ryan’s home, we batted ideas back and forth on how we’ll fix our new challenge.
Despite the issues, we had a nice day, about 350 miles covered and we got to spend some time with the granddaughters, who we’ve come to see.
Little Rebekah, only a year old, already demonstrated her prowess with Marti’s iPhone. She is better at it than I am…
Big sister Taylor showed how strong she is,
and Kierra showed off her latest lost tooth.
The mechanical challenges on the Journey will get taken care of. I’ve received a few good recommendations from some of our blogging friends (Thank You!). Our week long visit with the girls will make everything worthwhile.
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