Morning Meanderings… Driving Without Brakes
Morning! I thought I would use this morning to share a little with you about the highlights of last weekends cabin trip with two of my friends Amy and Sara.
First off we left my house about 4 pm and headed North. We made it to Duluth a little after 6 pm and of course there was the dreaded dirty words “road construction”. We turned into the detour lane and then promptly into the parking lot of a Burger King for a much needed rest room break. Back on the road and we travel up into Duluth (Duluth is hilly – really hilly) and wind our way through the detour signs that make no sense. 45 minutes later we are lost and frustrated. Normally Duluth is a straight shot through. We are coming back down the hill to see where we goofed the detour when I start pumping my brakes and I have …. uh…… nothing.
As we are rolling I keep pumping and fill a slight grab to the brakes but nothing great so I get up against the curb until I can stop. At that point black smoke pours out of the front of my car. We are still an hour from our destination. I am thinking that maybe the car has overheated due to all the hills, I have seen that happen before. I wait a while – the smoke goes away (although it leaves this nasty burnt smell) and then I slowly put it into drive to see if I can brake. I am still on a hill after all – going down – into a stop light, and beyond that – Lake Superior.
The brakes do grip and I ease my way down the hill to a gas station to find that the 16-year-old boy working there knows nothing about cars. he sends me down the road to a car wash/ body shop. The 19-year-old girl working there also knows nothing about cars, the body shop is closed – it is Friday evening after all, and she just moved here and doesn’t drive so can not help us.
Anyway – to wrap this up, the car felt good to me – it had cooled down – my brakes were working and we found that our correct detour did not go up the hill at all – but where we turned to go into Burger King, we needed to keep going on that road. A flat road. So we cautiously moved forward and the vehicle worked great the rest of the weekend. (And yes, upon my return home – the Durango is now in the shop and they are saying it was a faulty part when the new breaks were put in two months ago).
The rest of the weekend went wonderful – we ate out Friday night, Saturday hit the library sale (you will see these books this afternoon here), went on the Alpine Slide at Lutsen Resort, watched a movie at the cabin, went to a street dance and on Sunday after a wonderful brunch we made our way (safely!) home.
Today the sun is out again! We have had some dark days here and I for one am tired of the funky weather! I work and then I work out with my friend Wendy and tonight I have a meeting where we are planning a food bagging event for Haiti. I hope to finish The Game On book tonight for tomorrows review and put some final touches on reviews I need to get posted.
Oh and you may have noticed I have been going a bit emoticon crazy as of late (I do love those little guys!) Here are the codes I found for wordpress:
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Ok… LOL…. It didn’t show the codes, because the codes in the post turned to emoticons. So – here is the link instead. Smiley Codes.