By now, you all have seen the photos from our 70 day road trip. The smiling faces, gorgeous landscapes and incredible experiences we had are all part of what was, a truly wonderful experience. That isn’t the only side of the story though. Unfortunately, the trip was not without it’s troubles, and today I wanted to share with you about what happens when 70 day road trips turn bad.
We set off on our 70 day road trip destined for the Northwest United States on May 1st. We arrived at our first stop at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in Mississippi that evening just in time to beat the rain in setting up our camper. Our first night went well and all was right with the world.
Then, the trouble started. The next day I walked into the camper to see a puddle of water on the floor. A leak? No way! Turns out, it was just a result of not having the camper properly leveled. Easy fix right? That day was Mother’s Day, and we celebrated with breakfast at McDonald’s and a homemade camping meal of chicken parm. By bedtime I was starting to feel queasy though, and I knew something was not right.
A few hours later, I awoke in the dead of night and just barely made it up the two flights of stairs before getting violently ill. The night continued like this. Me, tramping up the flights of stairs every 10-30 minutes in between trips back to the camper to check on the boys who were fast asleep. Let’s just say, it was the night from hell, and I still apologize to whoever decided to take a shower at 2am. You had no idea what you were in for, did you?
The next morning, I was mostly better and just weak from no food and a lack of sleep. We decided to try and drive as far as we could to our next stop. Problem was, we only got as far as the gas station before realizing we had a flat camper tire. A very generous tire place fixed our tire for free, and we were back on the road. A few hours down the road found me napping at a rest stop with a fever, so we stopped for the night at a motel. I just barely got the boys dinner before taking some Tylenol and crashing or the night. It’s not easy being the only parent with four boys on the road you know? It was at this point I began to question whether God wanted me on this trip.
Finally, I was fully recovered by the next morning. We were back on the road and into Missouri. After a small scare with the check engine light that was thanks to a loose gas cap, we enjoyed our first disaster free day. It didn’t last long though, I awoke the next day to find my computer completely dead. I went to sleep and it was fine. I woke up, and it looked like something had smashed the screen. I suppose it was the ghost of road trips gone wrong, because we’ll honestly never know. As a blogger who works online though, it was essential that I recovered the data off my computer and buy a new one asap, and that is exactly what we did, but it was such a hassle.
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I will say this, although I wish I had had my electronics covered, and our start to the 70 day road trip was literally a living hell at the time, I would not trade the time and experiences I had on the road with my boys. It was a unique experience that none of us will ever forget, and I look forward to doing it all over again for another 70 days in the coming year!
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