So, I was headed back to my home city of Seattle when suddenly, everything went wrong. As I was coming down the hill towards Ellensburg, WA, my truck suddenly started acting funny. I was about five miles from the exit when all my warning lights came on and my power steering went out. I was going 75 miles and hour and there were people on all sides so I cruised as best I could off the exit and into the closest parking lot. As I stopped, a horrible noise started erupting from under the hood, as I quickly turned off the engine.
All in all, about a dozen small issues culminated into one big problem, and I blew a gasket. Luckily, I have AAA, the best investment of my life, and I was just over 100 miles to my dad’s house. I was able to get towed to his house the next morning and we evaluated the damage. We weren’t sure if everything was going to be okay, and for a while, I was worried that the whole tour was going to come to an end and I would be left with a dead truck and no place to live or go.
Luckily, that was not the case. Slowly, after work and on the weekends, my dad took the engine apart and found the problem, and fixed it.
And man, were we lucky that he did. Like I said above, it was a combination of things that led to my break down. There were dozens upon dozens of small errors that could have caused a lot worse problems that my dad discovered while he was tearing the thing apart. Wires melting onto things, bolts loosened or missing, hoses not properly secured. We replaced it all, fixed everything, and now we almost have the whole thing put back together.
Being stranded at my dad’s house for almost a month gave me ample opportunity to remodel my camper, get organized, and I am going to be attending the Emerald City Author Event at the end of the month. So, while it definitely was scary and cost me a lot of money, I am going to make it through.
Plus, I was able to take my cat to the vet once again and schedule her surgery to get her eye removed. Luckily, I got a second opinion on her eyes which revealed some flaws in her original diagnosis, and I found that her condition wasn’t nearly as dire as I had initially been told. And while the surgery is going to be costly as well, she will be able to see better when the surgery is complete.
And, while staying here in the place I call home has been fun, and I was able to spend time with my family and friends, I can’t wait to get back on the road. The tour is one of the best things I have ever done, and I am antsy to start again. I love meeting authors and readers from all over and love seeing and experiences different places across the country. Honestly, I miss it, more than you know.