Friday, August 31, 2012

The Never A Dull Moment Trip To Denver~Part 3

Dear Friends,

The Denver saga continues!  After loosing a whole day due to forgetting a bag at the hotel, we got on the road on Sunday only slightly rested and definitely frustrated that we wouldn't get to Denver that day.  We were so thankful when we stopped for the night that it had been an uneventful day!  Unfortunately, we couldn't say the same thing about the next day!

That's the trailer tire on the other side!  Yes, it blew too, and this time it was scary.  We heard the loud pop and suddenly we were in the other lane and Michael was fighting to get the Jeep under control.  I was watching in the side view mirror as the tire was disintegrating and the fender was peeling off.  That metal piece to the right is the fender and was still attached by one screw when we stopped.  I'm so thankful there wasn't a car in the other lane and that the semi behind us was able to slow down til we could pull over.  This could have been so much worse.

This time we were in the middle of nowhere in Kansas.  Michael called USAA and initially they told us it would be four to six hours before a tow truck could come.  Talk about discouraging.  However, after about an hour, the tow truck guy called to let us know he was on the way and he even found a place that had a tire.  This time we were back on the road after two and a half hours.  But talk about paranoid!  Every time we ran over something or there was the slightest noise that sounded like a pop, we held our breath waiting to see if it was a tire!

We were determined to make it to Denver and we made it around midnight.  We missed an exit and drove around in Aurora for a bit before finding our way.  That was a little weird knowing the shooting wasn't that long ago and the movie we saw the night before starting the trip was the Batman movie that was playing.  Anyway, we finally made it to the hotel at 1 am Tuesday Morning.   I was never so glad to finally get somewhere as I was at that moment!

In the end, we figured the trailer tires were old, although they didn't have many miles on them, and they were just cheap.  We upgraded with the new tires and didn't have any more problems.  Michael joked about burning the trailer in Sean's parking lot but he was only half joking!  I don't think we'll be making any more cross country trips with it.

I have lots more pictures and things to share but I'll do that over time.  In the meantime, have a fabulous Friday!

xo Annette xo


  1. How incredibly scary! I'm so glad everyone is okay and the trip ended well. I hope the return trip home was much less eventful!

    My parents are pulling a trailer from Michigan to Missouri this weekend and I'm crossing my fingers they don't have any scary events like you guys did!

  2. Yikes! That would have scared me, bad!! So glad no one was hurt and you arrived safely - what a trip to remember.

  3. Oh, you are so fortunate. That could have ended so horribly. I'm glad you're all safe and sound and made it to Denver okay. (And back, too, obviously.) I look forward to seeing the photos and hearing more.

    Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  4. Oh, my goodness!! Thank goodness for cell phones with coverage!

    That looks a lot like western SD and NE --- not quite the end of the earth but you can see it from there.

  5. Oh my gosh, Annette! That must have been scary and frustrating. Thank goodness the tow truck came earlier than expected. I hate being stuck in the middle of nowhere. I read LeAnn's comment above and thinking...yeah, lucky to be able to phone for help from anywhere!

  6. Oh my gosh, how scary!! I am quite certain we would have been discussing the idea of just pushing the thing over a cliff. I am relieved to hear that was the end of the tire troubles and you made it safely in to Denver!


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