Some of you long time followers might remember when our truck blew a head gasket. That was 13 years ago and the reason I know that is because Vince wasn’t going to put a new motor in the pickup and we bought the Highlander – June 6, 2013 but then he decided to put the new engine in the pickup. I think that pickup is a 1997 model and it will not make the trip to MO. We’ll donate it or sell it for scrap or something. Once we get to MO, we’ll probably get rid of the Honda and get a pickup but . . who knows.
The funny story is that one Saturday morning we started to Joplin. We must have been picking up lumber or something at Home Depot. Neither of us can remember why we drove the pickup that day but, by our standards, it was only 10 years old and that was fairly new for us. The pickup had always leaked just a little oil, even when it was new. I had told Vince that I hadn’t seen any oil on the garage floor. Apparently most of it had leaked out and he had not put any in but we got almost to Joplin and the engine made a horrible sound and it and it was done! We coasted to the closest exit and made it into a church parking lot where we parked it. We didn’t actually “park it”. It just quit rolling there and wasn’t doing anything else. We called a tow truck to take it back to our mechanic in Nevada, called Chad a dozen times to wake him up to get him to come pick us up – 45 minutes from home. You can imagine how happy a 19 year old was . . being awakened bright and early – about 9 a.m. and having to drive there and get us!
So, for 13 years, we’ve passed that exit and said “Remember when the truck broke down?” Yes . . who will forget that!
Now, that’s the same exit we will take to get to our new house — the breakdown exit! Isn’t that funny? All the exits in that area and that’s the one we’ll use every time we go anywhere.