Vince does not like driving long trips by himself. In fact, he only drove from MO to TX alone once and that was when we were moving to TX nine years ago.
This morning he got up early, added the last minute things to the car, loaded Boots up in his crate and they left the house about 7 a.m. He had been on the road for about an hour and had a blowout!
You can see that the tire isn’t worn and it isn’t terribly old. Not sure if you can see it but it also ruined the rim. He went by Walmart in Graham, TX to see if they had a rim in stock that would fit and they didn’t. That meant Vince still had close to nine hours to drive with no spare because he had no extra rim that could be used. He debated about whether he should go back to the house, wait til he could get a rim and tire but he said he didn’t want to unpack the car and pack it back up again so he kept driving and, thankfully, he made it.
Probably the most expensive part is that the rubber from the tire blew the once piece rubber bumper completely away from the car. It ripped out all the screws all the way across the back, broke the red thing on that left side and on the right side. I’m not even sure if that’s a light or a reflector of if it’s something the car has to have in working order to get it inspected. It will have to pass inspection to get a MO license plate.
Vince was very lucky. With the car being all wheel drive, and the blowout on the left back, it caused him to veer way into the left lane. Thankfully, no one was coming, it was on a newer Texas road with a nice, wide shoulder and not much traffic. A nice, younger guy stopped and helped him.
The CRV arrived! I was going to say it was its first trip to MO but it used to live here too! 🙂
I had gone to take Addie back to her house. Nicole and I usually meet halfway to hand her off but with it getting dark so early, and me not driving at dark, Nicole brought her all the way to me Friday evening so I told her I’d bring Addie all the way to her house today. The last time Vince and I talked, he was 26 miles from Joplin and I was about 40 miles from Joplin. I told him he’d probably get home before I did . . and he did. It sure was nice to see his car in the driveway!
And, the good news is . . Boots is here. I’ll write about it tomorrow.