After surfacing from the Ozarks, I relished in the predictability of the Wal-Mart parking lot for a night. After I rested up, I thought maybe it was time to address Mander’s starting issues. Buster and I thought it was the starting solenoid so I decided to track one down.
After leaving Wal-Mart, I spent one night in a casino parking lot and then headed for Arkansas. I was debating hitting up the Ozarks but wasn’t sure I wanted to get all up in them. I found a spot I wanted to visit, Natural Dam, and it looked like I could get to it without going through the mountain roads. It would be a long day on the road but it seemed doable. I went for it. Continue reading
Buster and I were chasing wires and poking at connections. Then it started happening, just like before. Whack-a-mole. So much whack-a-mole. The most frustrating version of whack-a-mole you could ever think of.
My first night back on the road happened to be Halloween night and I spent it at a truck stop in a town called Peculiar. It had all the makings for the beginning of a horror movie but thank goodness, nobody showed up at my door with a butcher knife. Continue reading
Something I didn’t expect to happen after I left, was that I would become so reliant on others. I thought people might pop in and out of my life but that mostly, I’d be on my own. That I’d have all the alone time in the world and the freedom to do what I please. Don’t get me wrong, I felt so lucky, blessed and taken care of but I also felt like a little bit of a failure and a burden. Going from one kind stranger’s house to another was not what I had set out to do. Continue reading
Here’s the scoop on my tires. When I got Mander I was told that she had basically new tires. I could see they had a ton of tread, and at first glance, looked terrific. Later on, it became apparent that they had a very small amount of dry rot and according to the manufacturing date on the tires, were over 10 years old.
After I left the Smith’s in Des Moines, Iowa, I drove until I reached a casino parking lot. I didn’t want to push it too hard since I didn’t yet know if the repairs Sky and I made were going to stick. I woke up the next morning feeling recharged and ready to make decent headway. I started Mander and geared up to make my way to Kansas City. Continue reading