Abandoning our RV at the End of Leg One
As I mentioned, I’m super nervous about coming back to Denver, if only for a week, but the time has come for the wrap up of Leg 1. My saga continues:
In St. Louis, I was going to have 2 full days to enjoy but because of the rv issues and my not being able to think straight when I’m forced to be flexible and change my plans we only got one day. So, I met up with my former roommate/good friend, Scott, from high school and had fun with him. Although I would have loved to hang out with him without the kids since we hung out so much in our youth, but oh well. He let us leave our dog at his house while the rv shop continued repairs on the rv so we wouldn’t have to pay a dog sitter. All in all it was a good day.
We got back to the campground after picking up the RV and went swimming (still summertime for us) and had a (dare I say it) pleasant night. The next morning we got ready to leave and realized the tow light outlet had been installed upside down so we drove over to the repair shop and hung out for an hour and a half while they fixed it. So as far as I know (dare I say THIS) everything may actually be fixed right now (the axel something, generator, and tow lights). We hit inclement weather so I thought summer was coming to an end and wasn’t looking forward to a rough drive but instead the weather got better and it was an okay drive. We ended up at a good friend’s mom’s house in Kansas City.
Our goal for Kansas City was to go to Church and then drive to a nearby town, St. Joseph, and go to the “McDonalds of the Future”. Our host told us there were numerous McDonalds close by we could go to and I had to explain why we had to drive an hour to this one (crickets chirping). Yes, this is what we do you see. We drive an hour away to get to weird places and this McDonald’s is where they try stuff out before bringing it to other McDonalds. So, many people call it the McDonalds of the future so you can see into the future to what it will be like in a year at McDonalds. Pretty trippy huh?
Not so much, but when your teenager is miserable on the trip, you have to do whatever you can to bring a smile to his face and fulfill his lifetime dream of going to this particular McDonalds.
So we drove through Kansas and it was windy and a long drive, so I thought I’d tear us to a night at the KOA instead of Walmart (it was only $35). Had a good dinner, good night sleep, and left the next morning (today)
This is our last day of Leg 1
So after less than an hour of driving, the RV starting smoking again and I had to pull over to the side of the road. We called roadside assistance and someone came and towed us to his shop, then had lunch, then found us and told us we needed a new radiator. This is a mechanic, but not an RV mechanic, but the nearest RV mechanic is too far away. So we’ve left our home with him for a week while we go to Denver in our jeep. Not sure if we’ve packed everything we need and if not, we are in trouble. So now I’m officially homeless and mostly possessionless
UPDATE: As we were driving home in our jeep and without the RV we had a flat tire. We tried really hard to change the tire but we’re unsuccessful. What I don’t get is why do we all carry around tire changing equipment in our car that is impossible to use? And yes, I know how to change a tire. We are staying here in Burlington, Colorado for the night we nail the tire shop opens in the morning because we can’t drive all the way home with the spare. So I’m going to say this is the end of Leg 1 even though we still haven’t made it home and who knows what other crises we can find ourselves in during the next 24 hours….
End of Leg One
- I have plenty of friends in Denver we can stay with. As we annoy one family, we can move on and annoy another one if needed
- I can cross “being homeless” off my bucket list
- It was good seeing my friend, Scott
- Although my needs are getting met, this is taking my to a very scary place of trust, but I have faith that it’ll work out
It was amazing I went to White Castle for the very first time and I got three burgers (because the were the size of an egg but a half of a quart bigger.) and fries I gave Zoe all my fries because I didn’t like them and then I wanted to taste my fries and Caleb had almost all of my fries and so I stole three of Zoe’s fries. And that’s where I figured I should of not gave my fries to Zo.
That night we went to a bakery/restaurant with my moms friend Scott. I had grilled cheese with tomatoes on it ( which I’ve never had) and it was pretty good and I had pasta salad with it. (It was literally the grosses thing in humanity.) For dessert I had cherry cheesecake. While I was in the car I ate a tomato in a little bit more than a minute. And Zoe Hates tomatoes and almost ate a entire tomato shockingly.
Then the day we were leaving (In the RV) and our radiator broke down. The RV people said that they have to keep it for a week and so we went to the car and right as we entered colorado we broke down like we did with the RV but not the same problems. And we are trying to get a hotel or motel.