We decided to speed up our return trip back to Houston. Instead of taking an easy pace of 250 or so miles per day, we would skip the stops in Terre Haute IN and Marshall TX and drive from Elkhart to Sikeston MO, then to Benton AR where our friends JD and CJ were staying, and then drive on back to Houston from there. The two longer trips will be tiring but worth it. We will get to see our friends Ted and Donna before they leave for their long summer trip, and also Tommy and Susan who are staying at Rayford this month. We plan to roll into Rayford late Saturday afternoon and stay the night there.
We set the alarm for 6:00AM and got up and after showering, took the remaining items over to the truck and trailer and loaded it up. We had taken a lot of our stuff to the trailer the night before, so this morning there wasn't that much left. I walked down to the McDonald's in the next block and got us some biscuits for breakfast, and by the time I got back, Stella was all ready to go. We pulled out of the parking lot at 7:15 and made good time down the road toward Sikeston.
It started to rain on us around Terre Haute, as if we were being punished for not stopping there. We continued on through the rain and made a couple of stops along the way. We passed more FEMA trailer on the road and I noticed three parked in one of the truck weigh stations.
Have you noticed the new Volkswagon commercials where they hit the person next to them when they see a VW? Well, Stella and I started playing that game on the way home, and let me tell you, her left arm is black and blue from my hitting on her. I guess she just can't see those little cars, but she paid the price! It has been fun, but then, I've been winning the game.
We got into Sikeston about 4 o'clock and after getting all set up, we went inside to relax for a few minutes before calling the van to pick us up to go to Lambert's for supper. We had another great meal and left, full as can be.
When we got home, I noticed that the refrigerator was not working. All the lights were off, both inside and out. I checked to make certain it was plugged back in, and the fuses were all good, but it just wouldn't start up. I suppose the bad board has gone out again, so we will make do to get back home and call someone to check it. None of the food has thawed and the fridge has stayed cool, so we're crossing our fingers that we can salvage most of the food. The good thing is that we didn't have that much food in either the refrigerator or freezer.
After all the problems with the trailer and having to return to Elkhart, and now the fridge going out, I wonder which one of us broke a mirror, or had a black cat cross our path? We are certainly having a run of bad luck!