Friday, August 10, 2007

11 hours and 41 minutes. That's how long it was supposed to take us to get from Nags Head, NC back to waterlogged Cleveland.

14 hours and 45 minutes. That's how long it actually took us.

Why the delay, you might ask?

Outside of Richmond, Virginia we ran over a S hook in the highway which punctured the rear drivers side tire. It stayed in (which was good) so that we could drive to the next exit 3/4 of a mile away. We pulled into a BP station, asked them where we could go to get it fixed, filled the tire with more air, and headed on our way. They suggested a Wal-Mart Tire Center about 3 miles away.

We got about 90% of the way there when the S hook dislodged itself from the tire and we began RAPIDLY losing air pressure. I managed to make it to the driveway of the Wal-Mart before the tire went completely flat. Lindsay went inside to get some help and I began the process of unloading the car and retrieving the spare.

After the spare was put on, they took the car in and patched the other tire, for a total cost of $9.50. So other than a 2 hour delay, we didn't come out any worse for the wear. We were both okay. The car was okay. The rim was okay. No real problem.

It certainly made for a long day though. We left NC at 5:45 AM and got home at 9:30 PM. We had a 30 minute nap in Maryland which did help refresh us quite a bit. We had a good time though and did get home safely, so that's all that matters.


boilerdowd said...

Gina, Mike and I picked up something with our tire on the way to Hilton Head...great fun.

J Money said...

The Indians are really good.