“Murphy” was at work again; we planned to wake up early this morning and take the car to the trailer store one final time to get the brake controller installed and then be on the road by noon. We dropped the car off in the pouring rain; everything seemed to be progressing on schedule. We got the call that the car was ready as scheduled, picked it up, and started to drive away. It was still raining, so we turned on the wipers, but they didn’t work! The brake controller installers looked everything over and couldn’t figure it out, however they ensured us that it had nothing to do with the work they had just performed??
Shannon pulled through like a champ and lined up an appointment at the Volvo dealership in Rochester for 1 PM. We waited and waited and finally got word around 4 PM that it was just a blown fuse and we got away for just $30; not bad considering the way things have been going. When Shannon and mom got back we packed the car and hit the road in just 45 minutes; hope we didn’t forget anything. We were just relieved to be hitting the road. We started our caravan with Shannon, mom, dad, and I in the car hauling the trailer with the Harley and Honda motorcycles, and David and Ryan following in the truck hauling a trailer with the Ducati. We were about 300 ft into our trip, and decided to adjust the trailer brakes; surprise, surprise, the brake controller didn’t have power! Forget the stupid trailer brakes; WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD!
Our first planned stop was Skeeter’s BBQ in Shamokin Dam, PA, which was highly recommended by our friends Mary Lee & Reggie. Unfortunately, due to our late start we would not be able to make it by their closing time of 10 PM. Though just the thought gave us a craving for BBQ, so we settled for Smokey Joe’s in Williamsport, PA. Couldn’t resist trying their mac n’ cheese with andouile sausage and jalapenos; not bad! Went well with my hallf rack of ribs. Washed it all down with a $4 pitcher of Pabst Blue Ribbon; Ahh, the best things in life.
Today was mostly just highway driving with the intention of getting to warmer weather quick. Thanks to some awesome care packages from Mario & Michelle, Grandma Auble, Jennifer, Makiko, and Reggie & Mary Lee we had plenty of great snacks. We arrived at our final destination of Rockville, MD at 2 AM. We crashed at a Courtyard Marriott, where we receive the extremely reasonable employee rate thanks to my brother Aaron; makes traveling so much easier and more comfortable, though we still plan to do some camping. Can’t wait to break the motorcycles out tomorrow when we get a little further south!