Statistically, after having driven over 100,000 miles there is nothing unusual about having a flat tire. The incident took place between Buellton and Santa Barbara on US Highway101. Actually, it could not have happened on a better day. For one, Jeff was with us. His calm demeanor and sense of humor, especially in tense situations, is very comforting. We are also grateful that we were on a busy highway, had our phone working and AAA membership.
After 90 minutes of waiting, the roadside assistance arrived. The problem was quickly remedied but this unexpected event delayed us by 2 hours.
Our second challenge of the day was to reach the self storage place before management took off for lunch. Our count down commenced when a voicemail message was left informing us about the office's lunch time closure is from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
At 12:46 pm, J.J. and I practically ran in to sign papers. Additional delay of an hour to get a cart to haul boxes to the 2nd floor locker.
Thank goodness the time spent at U-Haul to return the trailer was short. We were happy to bid farewell to our trailer which Jeff had fondly named "Squirt" after the little turtle in the 2003 Disney Box Office hit movie "Finding Nemo".
Honu avoided the Interstate 5 afternoon traffic by using the HOV lane, arriving in La Jolla for a very happy family reunion.
My favorite green salad topped with fresh figs! "Welcome home!"
"Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing."
Aloha -- Cathi