Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - Johnson Lake SRA, Elwood, NE
We left Broken Arrow Horse Campground about 9:00 this morning to begin making our way back to Oswego. I think this is the earliest we have got up and around all week so I guess we are all ready to get back to our routines. Our original plan was to stop three nights between Custer and home, but we were making such good time we decided we would try to get a little further down the road before stopping so we only needed to make one more stop in Wichita on our way back home. If you remember we left our van for our son from New York to drive while he was in Wichita visiting. He had left it at his older brother's house when he left a few days after we did, so we needed to go through Wichita to pick it up.
We had a nice drive, beautiful weather and were enjoying the drive. We were on I-80 going across Nebraska about 1 mile from Cozad, NE (west of Lexington) about 5:30 p.m. when we had a blow out on the outside back tire on the driver's side. Fortunately Dean only drives about 60 and he was able to get over on the shoulder pretty quick. The temperatures were not too bad with the windows down. Good thing. I called our roadside assistance company, Coach Net to report the problem and after taking our information, they advised they would get back with us as soon as they found a repair truck that could come out. After about 45 minutes I called back thinking maybe she had tried to call and I either missed it or maybe there was a lapse in a cell signal. No - not the case. The first person they called said it would be 2 hours before they could be there and they were only 1 mile away. While contacting several others, she had been unable to reach anyone else. Guess everyone turns their phones off at 5:00? She apologized and said she was still trying to find someone. About 15 minutes later she called back to say a truck was on its way from Lexington, but it would take about an hour because since we were on the Interstate, they would have to go pass us about 20 miles, and then drive back to us. So close to 2 hours after the blow out occurred we were on our way again. The wait was not really too bad. It was not too hot as the sun was mostly behind us, and there was a nice breeze. Both boys napped while Dean and I visited and watched the traffic fly by. Could have been much worse.
Well, we vowed when we left Johnson Lake SRA we would probably not come back here, but tonight we were thankful we were close to it and there was a spot we could park. It was 8:30 when we pulled in and boy were we glad we had a place to stop that was so close. The park roads were in much better shape this time even though it was apparent they had received more rain since our trip through about a week ago. The river and creeks were way out of their banks. After setting up, we ate dinner, had showers, watched a little TV then hit the sack. We had to find some tires for the RV before we headed home and we weren't sure how long it might take if they were not in stock. Dean and I will see what we can find out in the morning.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Air Capital RV Park, Wichita, KS
Dean and I got up and around pretty early so he could make calls to tire companies first thing. We found a place that opened at 7:30 a.m. and they had some tires in stock. We drove into town to take a look at them and talk to the owner. He told us they would be able to put them on if we could bring the RV in at 1:00 today. We stopped at Walmart for a couple of things and headed back to Bentley. The boys were up and about when we got back. We were able to take our time getting around this morning. About 12:30 we were hitched up and pulled out. We arrived at the tire company shortly before 1:00 and we were on our way in about 20 minutes or so. No problems on the way home and we arrived in Wichita about 8:00 p.m. We ate dinner and were in bed pretty early.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - HOME Oswego, KS
Dean and I headed to Heath's around 8:30 or so to pick up the van. We made a stop at Lamar's donuts (just around the corner from Heath's house) and took maple bars, apple fritters and donuts back for breakfast. Yum, they sure were good.
We got around and were on the road by 10:30 to make the final trip home. Logan drove the van back and I rode along with him. We had a good time listening to some new and old music. I was surprised at the number of older songs he knew - but he is just not a country music boy. We pulled into our drive about 1:30. After helping Dean get Bentley backed into his spot, I ran Logan home. Tucker stayed with us until about 5:00 or so and then we took him home. He had been pretty quiet all week but he came alive when he saw his dog, Piper and his mom. He even gave his sister a hug and told her he had missed her. Dad was out of town for a conference so he'll have to wait a couple of days to wrestle around with him - which I think is one of his favorite things to do.
We had a wonderful trip and really enjoyed spending time with the boys. They were just fantastic and lots of fun. Next year it's the granddaughters turn. Where will we go?