Friday, April 11, 2014

Tales from the Road - Day 1

Rest Stop Photo Op

The helicopter sounded like it was getting closer.  And closer.  And pretty soon it sounded like it was going to land on the roof of the car.  

But when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw my back driver's side tire bouncing wildly south on northbound 15, I realized it wasn't a helicopter making that horrible noise.

The good things were that A) it wasn't raining, B) I didn't bend the rim, and C) there were NO LIONS.  The worst thing was that I really really had to go to the bathroom.  But that would have to wait a while.

Daphne was a real trooper.  We were on the side of the highway for at least half an hour, waiting to be rescued.  A nice construction worker called the Maryland state roadside assistance people for us, but a very kind stranger stopped by before they could arrive, and he put on my spare.  There are still good people out there in the world.  I was glad Daphne was there to see that.  We have vowed to do something kind for a stranger during our trip.  I hope the opportunity presents itself.

The spare tire I have is just a donut, so we made our way into Frederick and found a Mister Tire Auto Shop.  With a BATHROOM!  Hallelujah!  First thing's first, you know!  We were out of there and back on the road within about 40 minutes with a brand new tire.  Thank you, Mister Tire of Frederick!

We were only about 90 minutes later than we'd hoped when we arrived at our beautiful, comfortable, West Virginia bed and breakfast.  We had a fantastic dinner, a delightful conversation, and dessert.  And now, Daph is sound asleep.  Big day for a little Peanut.

Tomorrow, we're planning a little early morning walk along the Elk River before we go to breakfast, and then we'll head for Indiana.  (I don't think "The I-N" is gonna catch on).  I'm hoping for a little less "adventure" tomorrow than we had today.

If you are ever driving through the Middle of Nowhere, West Virginia, and you need a place to stay, I highly recommend Cafe Cimino in Sutton.  It is run by a very nice lady and her husband, who is a real chef.  Imagine THAT in West Virginia!  Seriously, the best food I have ever had in this state.  No roadkill on THIS menu!  

OK.  Time for some sleep.  Goodnight from the Dubya-Vee-Ay!

1 comment:

jilly donuts said...

Cannot believe your flat. That is a great story about the helpful guy!!

That pic of Daphne is hilarious - reminds me of us as the sheep herders in Rhinebeck.