Blow-out, freeze-up, wipe-out, jackknife, wrap-up

Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
Trip End Oct 11, 2009

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Definitely time to end this trip. A few highlights of the last two days:
Mid-morning yesterday, one of the tires on the camper blew out. Despite the 80 mph, the only casualty was the tire, shredded to pieces. In the freezing wind Victor changed it and we limped into the Stratton, CO. An hour later, we again headed out.
Halfway across Kansas, we decide to camp out one last time, toast the trip with a good Malbec. We stop at Webster State Park, and after the last fishermen pack up and head home, we are alone. Last night was beautiful, clear starry sky, no wind. We grilled something for dinner, ate outside, and went to sleep. A couple of hours later, tremendous winds wake us and during the whole night we listen to the trees whip around and feel the camper sway and shake. We wonder whether we should pack it up, but where to? In the morning, still in one piece, we look outside and the world is shrouded in ice from the freezing rainstorm. In Stockton, we can't even find anywhere to have a cup of coffee, it's 28 degrees and very windy, we head south to get on the interstate. Less than a mile out of town, going carefully because of the ice, Denise loses control of the truck on a bridge covered with ice, spins towards a ravine but misses it, comes to a stop across the bridge on the wrong side of the highway, the camper awkwardly twisted behind the truck. Wow, maybe Chicago winters were not enough training for Kansas Octobers. After the scare, we straighten her out, talk to some helpful local people, smile shakily and decide to continue. There is no major damage to either the truck or the camper, we are fine but jittery and the going is slow.
Definitely time to end this trip!
It's been a long-awaited opportunity to see many places we had always dreamed about, to finally meet long-lost cousins, to spend some precious time with our sons and daughters-un-laws, and now we are looking forward to a new life in Argentina. Maybe.
We'll keep you posted.
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