Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Bad Stuff

Along with the good stuff that happens on vacation - there's always something you would rather didn't happen. 

So here's the bad stuff.

On the way up we stopped in Vegas at a KOA Campground.  The guy wanted to charge us $88.00 for staying!  YIKES!!!  We could stay at a four star hotel for $42.00.  So we went to dinner, and hubby decided to go back (since we were tired) and take that site.  UGH!!!!  Oh well. 

But then when we walked in that guy was busy and he told the other gal - give them an inexpensive site.  She also gave us a discount and the site was $48.  Okay, so that turned out okay.

Our next major mishap was with the bike - oh dear...not to my husband baby!  It got a gouge in the front fender.  Small gouge - but still it went right through the clear coat - right through the red paint, down to the metal. 

While riding through Spearfish Canyon, SD we came across Russ Mowry, a Master Pinstriper.  He painted and worked his magic and hid that gouge.

Hard to read - it says Mark & Linda  Sturgis 2011.  The gouge is right under the barb wire. 

So that actually worked out very well.

Next, and this was a dozie!  We were on our way home - had gone about 20 miles.  Mark says very calmly "We have rubber coming off our tire".  I look and say just as calmly, "Oh and it's LOTS of rubber".

Yep, this tire had had it!!  So we quickly took the next exit - Thank goodness there was a Walmart right there.  The manager said - it would be 2 1/2 hours before they could change the tires - we had decided to get four new ones.  And then it would be 2 1/2 hours to change them.  So much for an early start home. 

Well, Walmart can be an interesting place - but not for 5 hours!!

As it turned out they had a little eatery - serving pizza.  After eating and shopping - we were actually on the road 1 hr and 58 minutes later!!!  Thank you Walmart Mechanic!!!

We went another 10 miles down the road and we heard a loud BANG!!!

Our hitch broke - okay, how can metal 1/2 of an inch bend? That square hook piece the chain is hooked to bent and came off. 

It only took about 1/2 hour to weld it on. Now we can be sure know that won't be coming off.    So even when things don't look so good - they can end up being better than you anticipated. 

Okay, time to get back to stitching,



  1. Into all life, some rain must fall. Even with your bad luck, most of it turned good!

  2. I only say" Murphys Law"!!! Thank God nothing seriously happened! Happy Sunday!!

  3. When it rains it pours and wow did it ever pour for you two! Thank goodness you made it home OK!

  4. I guess each of those things was annoying, but it could have been a lot worse, and at least none of it resulted in anyone being hurt.

  5. how did you manage to have 'pour' on your parade yet have sunshine at the same time????
    you sure did take some angels traveling with you on this trip--great memories my friend!!
    Hugs, Di

  6. Wow! That's a lot of excitement! I like the custom paint job you got! We had an almost brand new tire shred on us like that once, too. Pretty freaky. That would be scary to see your hitch broken like that would be scary. Whoa. Glad you guys are okay and you had happy endings for each event!

  7. Hi Linda!

    I'm creating a Fan Page for Russ Mowry on Facebook and was wondering if you'd grant permission to use your photo on the page? Thanks... Susanne (page admin)