I get tired of driving towards the end of each year after the shows and it's so especially this year. Two trips back and forth from Florida to Michigan; two trips driving from Florida to Washington; and numerous trips from Washington to California. Part of the exciting life of being an artist. Along with all the driving comes the fuel bills, vehicle maintenance, and the unexpected things that can happen on the road. And, so it went with last Monday.
Around midnight I stopped in Willows, California to catch a few z's before completing my return trip home. After a few hours, I woke and headed north excited to make it home sometime around noon. I stopped at the McDonald's just outside of Shasta, California (I actually like their coffee) for a brief rest-over and headed back north. The weather was starting to turn nasty as I turned north onto Interstate 5. Everything was going great until about 20 minutes north of Grants Pass, Oregon when a guy pulled up beside me and started waving at me.
It seemed that I lost a wheel about a mile back and never felt a thing. The other tire blew as the guy was signaling me that I had a challenge. This is the look beside the tow truck after the driver and I got the trailer loaded. A few words of advice. AAA RV Plus. These guys are terrific and this membership will get your vehicle and trailer towed up to 100 miles for no cost to you other than your annual membership fee. This has saved my back a few times over the last 20 years.
We headed back south down the freeway towards Les Schwab tires where I had already given them a head's up that we'd be coming in. It was close to noon when I arrived and about five o'clock when they had me back on the road. And, it was around 10 PM when I returned home.
The moral of this story is to be prepared and keep a positive attitude. This is such a small event in the grand scheme of life.