Fortunately, Unfortunately: Adventures in travel with a used car dealer.

04 May

Fortunately my husband got a good deal on a 3/4 ton truck in Florida he needed for a customer and a Corvette in Birmingham, Alabama. Unfortunately the auto transport company could not pick either of them up until the third week in May due a combination of the high gas prices, high car prices, and snowbirds wanting to get their cars back to Minnesota.

Fortunately we were able to get a good price on one way tickets but unfortunately we needed to leave for the airport at 4:00am on a Sunday morning.

Fortunately our flight arrived on time and we were able to catch the city bus that would take us from the Orlando airport north to the Sanford Auto Auction. Unfortunately it took us nearly two hours to go the thirty miles but only cost us $2.00 each for our bus tickets. We did get to observe a lot while on the bus and as we traveled from the airport to the auction. A bit of local flavor for sure.

Fortunately when we arrived at the auto auction we were able to pick up our truck after a mile and a half walk from the bus stop to the auction. Unfortunately the truck had a dead battery and a noisy wheel bearing. They were able to jump start the truck and we were on our way.

Fortunately we found an Auto Zone store open nearby and purchased some Murphy’s insurance for our trip home. We bought a tool set, hammer, chisel, flashlight and a wheel bearing. Unfortunately we needed to use all of the above later in our trip.

Fortunately we were able to resume our trip west to Birmingham to pick up the Corvette after staying in Quincy, Floriday overnight. Unfortunately while stopping to get some pictures of the sunset and pink flowers I picked up some poison ivy and a woodtick.

Fortunately when we arrived at Adessa Birmingham we were able to pick up an undamaged Corvette. There we some cars there that had been damaged by the recent tornadoes. Unfortunately the Corvette had a dead battery and one flat tire. Also the two front tires were in far worse condition than reported and needed to be replaced before we could continue our travels.

Fortunately the lot guys directed us to a nearby tire dealer who was able to replace the two tires at a very reasonable price and short order. Unfortunately it put us a little behind schedule wanting to be out of the Birmingham area before rush hour traffic.

Fortunately we were able to leave after getting the tires replaced and headed out of town. Unfortunately the left rear tire on the truck I was driving blew out in the middle of Birmingham in rush hour traffic.

Fortunately I am married to a mechanic and he was able to change the tire on the truck. He was able to drop the spare tire down from under the truck and put it on the truck safely on the roadside during rush hour traffic. Unfortunately when the tire blew it did some damage to the truck around the area of the tire. Nothing that would prevent us from driving it.

Fortunately we were once again on the road heading north of Birmingham when stopped two purchase four new tires for the truck. Unfortunately they only had two of the four that we needed and it took two and a half hours to have them put on the truck. The guys that put the new tires on the Corvette did it in fifteen minutes. The guys that put the tires on the Corvette operated like a pit crew and the guys that put the tires on the truck like the three stooges.

Fortunately while they were putting the tires on the truck we were able to sit down for some supper and once again get back on the road. Unfortunately about an hour later the wheel bearing on the truck decided that it had gone about as far as it wanted to go and we changed the wheel bearing in a truck stop parking lot in Athens, Alabama.

Fortunately the rest of our trip to Nashville was uneventful. Unfortunately all the day’s events put us behind schedule and didn’t leave any time for any fun stuff like sightseeing or many photographs. 

Fortunately as I write this post I am tucked into bed in a motel in Tomah, Wisconsin after thirteen hours of driving today with only stopping for gas and food. Unfortunately we need to be up early to finish our last five hours of driving back home tomorrow morning and back to work tomorrow afternoon. Sleep tight!


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12 responses to “Fortunately, Unfortunately: Adventures in travel with a used car dealer.

  1. writerwoman61

    May 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Sounds like your trip has been a bit more adventurous than you planned, Jeanne…hope the last five hours go more smoothly!


    • flyinggma

      May 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      All we could do is just keep moving and counting our blessings as we went. Each thing that happened could have happened under worse conditions that may have prevented us from continuing on but things worked out.

  2. carldagostino

    May 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I knew it was Florida. You are fortunate for other reasons. You did not have all your money AND your clothing ripped off by the Casino Indian tribe. You were not carried away by mosquitoes the size of Buicks, were not shot by City of Miami police or car-jacked by the thugs. Most important, you did not have to go to a hospital down here. You have been blessed.

    • flyinggma

      May 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      We once spent almost four hours in the ER in Washington DC hospital. Didn’t want to do that again. We are fortunate to make it back home again without too much trouble.

  3. Carol Ann Hoel

    May 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    You poor dears! What a time you two have had. Your hubby is very talented. You were in good hands. I love the format of your post. It kept me reading quickly to hear the next segment. Blessings to you…

    • flyinggma

      May 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      We survived the trip and are happy to be home. Glad you enjoyed the post. I had fun writing it last evening.

  4. nrhatch

    May 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Wonderful post, Jeanne!

    Thanks for sharing “Adventures on the Road” with us! 😉

    • flyinggma

      May 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      It’s fun to have friends to share our story with as it happened.

  5. pearlsandprose

    May 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    What a time you’ve had! Hope you can rest up this weekend, Jeanne. You need a vacation after all that.

    • flyinggma

      May 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      I wish we could rest this weekend but it is the beginning of racing season starts Friday evening so we will literally be Off to the Races!

  6. planejaner

    May 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I love this post…and your ever straining toward optimism.

    blessings and safe travels…

    • flyinggma

      May 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Jane! I try to see the good in every circumstance. We do a lot of laughing at our home. Sometimes we cry but mostly we laugh.


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