Early Saturday morning, we decided to take an overnight trip with my Mom & Dad.
We were on the road before 8:00 a.m.
About 80 miles into our journey, we decided to stop for gas before heading over the Mackinac bridge. It's a tradition of sorts to buy scratch-off lottery tickets at this station, so we all went inside to get some.
We got back to the car and settled in for another hour of driving. Dad turned the key and ........... nothing happened. He tried again..........and again.......NOTHING!
So began a new experience for all of us.
It was a very cold weekend and it's common for batteries to fail in sub zero temps. We crossed our fingers that a jump would do the trick.
We were in a small town and the tow truck driver thought the Ford dealer and all the repair shops were closed on Saturday. We made a few calls...closed, closed, closed. After much frantic searching through the local phone book, the driver remembered a dealer across town that may be opened. He called and hallelujah, they were.
So the driver tells us to get in the tow truck. My mother gave him her best you've- got-to-be-kidding look and says, "But there are 4 of us."
The young driver shrugs and says, "Yeah, it'll be tight." Then he assures us he won't get pulled over because he is considered an "emergency" vehicle. Like that makes us feel any better about climbing up 6 feet and squeezing our ample butts into that truck seat.
We had no alternative, so we started climbing.
They are already squeezed in there like sardines and I still had to get in.
I climbed atop DH's lap. My face was almost pressed against the window.
None of us had ever been in a tow truck. We laughed over our predicament all the way to the dealer.
At the dealer's we sat in the waiting room for an hour. When the mechanic came out just minutes before their noon closing time and said he would not be able to even look at our car until Monday, we stopped laughing.
We had no choice but to rent a car and head to our hotel and hope they could extend us for one more night. I had to call my boss and tell him there was no way I could get to work on Monday. He took it better than I expected, though I know he was probably not too happy about having to go in at 7:00 a.m. to cover for me.
Somehow we made it though the two days and are now happily back home.
Remember when I said it was cold? Here is the actual temp. when we left this morning.
Yes, it really does say 27 BELOW zero.
Now that's it's all over, we think it was a pretty fun unique experience. I am sure we'll be talking about it for years to come!
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