On the road with the Good Samaritan ...
Jan 22, 2012
Where I stayed
Dunedin RV resort
By this time it's 5:30 and Tire Kingdom closes at 6:00. They did locate studs and lug nuts, got them installed and Jeff decided to have Tire Kingdom put the Sam's new tires on so that we could get home. A few minutes later they came out to tell us the "bad news". Sam's Club had sold us the wrong tires. Now it's 6:00 and Sam's is closed. So we take their suggestion; buy 2 new tires from TIre Kingdom and take the two Sam's Club tires home in our trunk to be returned the next day. We got to John and Sandra at 7:30, in time for the Super Bowl Halftime show.
Lesson learned: Probably not a good decision to meet a Good Samaritan on the road to nowhere. Guess we should have gone to church this morning.
**In case you're wondering what has taken us so long to tell this tale of woe you need to know that we are in a very poor WIFI area. Guess they can't do sunshine, 80 degrees and WIFI at the same time. We're currently at McDonalds, taking advantage of their free WIFI! We now love Mickey D as much as Mr. Walmart.
So we told you there was more to the story of our trip to Plantation. This is Part II. Sunday morning we had a leisurely cup of coffee with Don as he taught Kathie to play the game, "Banana-grams". If you're a fan of the old-fashioned "Scrabble" or the new-fashioned online "Words with Friends" you should try "Banana-grams". Anyway, after coffee and games we decided that we would walk across the street and have breakfast at Don's favorite local diner rather than go to church. Probably not a good decision as it turned out. So after breakfast we bid Don good-bye and headed back to Dunedin where we expected to meet John and Sandra at the campground around 3:00. It was Super Bowl Sunday and of course John needed to be situated in front of a TV for that special event. Our GPS directed us up Rt 27, through the scenic middle of the state, void of towns or cities. We had been on the road about an hour and we heard a noise from the rear of the car, and Jeff said, "What's that?" And Kathie's reply was, "It's just a stone in the road." However, Jeff recalled those two rear tires that we mentioned in the first part of this missive, and it soon became evident that his apprehensions were correct; we had a flat tire. We pulled off and while Jeff was looking for the can of "Fix- a -Flat" that Kathie had stowed away, a truck going in the opposite direction made a u-turn and stopped to help us. A Florida good 'ole boy, dressed in hunting fatigues jumped out. He had an air compresser on board and after Jeff used the can of foam on the tire our Good Samaritan finished it off with the compresser. He then told us he'd follow us to see whether the "Fix-a-Flat" had done the trick. As soon as we went 1/2 mile, there was foam all over the tire, back of the car, and the road, (car guy hint: the best way to remove fix-a-flat foam from all over the back of your car is with "Goo-gone). In examining the tire again Jeff and Good Samaritan found a nail sized hole which we figured we picked up going through a previous construction area. Good Samaritan then told us that he would put on the spare as he thought Jeff was dressed too nicely to do that. Probably not a good decision as it turned out. As he fixed the flat he told us of various other people he had helped out of tire difficulties on this road. A true Good Samaritan we discovered when he refuaed any reward, except our "thanks". He struggled somewhat with the lug nuts and commented that they probably hadn't been off in a while and hoped that he didn't smell too bad because he had just been hunting wild pigs, two of which were in the back of his truck. We were soon on our way from the middle of nowhere to find the closest place to buy a tire. Jeff was anxious about driving too far or fast on the "donut" spare. After locating a "Sam's Club" online, we proceeded to "limp" about 75 miles to that closest location in Sarasota. Probably not a good decision as it turned out. We called ahead, they had the tire in stock and told us we could get it put on if we got there by 4:30.. By the grace of God, the spare held out and we arrived soon after 3:00. We thought we were in great shape. We bought 2 new rear tires and went to have something to eat while they were installed. When we came back they said, "We've been trying to page you; we can't put the new tire on because your Good Samaritan cross threaded the lug nuts, in short he put them on backwards. You need to take the car across the street to Tire Kingdom and they can put on new studs and lug nuts. Then bring it back and we'll put the new tires on. Of course we didn't think they'd still be open by the time we brought the car back. So on to Tire Kingdom. When we got there they told us that they could take care of it "real quick; not more than an hour to get the parts from another shop and install them."