Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We woke up early Saturday morning and were on the road by 6:45 (5:45 central time). We got away from the islands and stopped at a Burger King for breakfast. The van had gone over a set of railroad tracks and jiggled it enough that the fuse problem was back. The guys put in a new fuse and we took off. We got a couple hours under our belt and stopped for lunch. All seemed fine with the van. We got about 10 miles down the road and the problems started again. We pulled over to the side of the highway and changed a fuse. It blew instantly and so did the next three they tried. DEAD! We called AAA to come tow the van to the nearest dealership. The Wilsons crammed in our Yukon and we left Dave's parents with the van. We headed to the nearest town (Lewisburg, West Virgina) to get a rental car. It was an ordeal but after the rental agency's worked together we got a Chrysler Sebring rented. Off we went to the dealership to meet Dave's parents. We started checking into hotels for Dave's parents.... not so lucky, the state fair was in town and they were all booked. Ultimately they decided to leave the van in West Virgina. We unpacked the Yukon and the van and only repacked the necessities. We took off and were determined to get back to St. Louis. We rolled in at 1 PM. The kids did amazing thru the whole ordeal! The van is still in West Virgina (850 miles away) and as of yesterday they still didn't know what was wrong with it. The guys think it is something electrical which is really hard to find and fix.

Sunday we visited with my parents in Illinois for a little bit and got Trinity back. We made it back to our house by 4PM! This trip has been deemed the "Trip from Hell", I think you can see why.

I promise to go thru my photos and give you some nice things to look at about our trip. Maybe tonight!

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