The Trip

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Anderson

When we began planning for the trip we had two concerns - the tow vehicle and the trailer.

1. I felt comfortable with towing with the Kia Sorento. It had the power and was in good condition. The ride might not be the most comfortable, but... Rhon was concerned about both the condition and the ride, so like any good husband I started looking for a new tow vehicle that was affordable and would provide all we needed.

In early March I found a vehicle that satisfied all we needed and was relatively inexpensive. It was a 2008 Toyota Tundra Limited. It was in fine condition, it gets close to 20 mpg on the highway, 15 around town and Limited doesn't lacking it means Toyota only made a few of them because only a limited number of buyers could figure out all the do-dads and gizmos it contains. The radio only took one day for first settings, while the navigation system 3 months later was "almost" figured out.

Before we leave we will have it serviced and re-examine tire conditions.

2. The trailer was serviced in 2010 just before a trip to Folly Beach. Of course we had two flats on the way. Any idea how hard it is to find a spare tire repair at noon on Saturday in Orangeburg? Actually it didn't take too long or cost too much.

I will have bearings reworked and have two spares ready by mid October. That's the best I can do. It's early October now and all the trailer parts have been prepared for the trip. I have two brand new tires on the trailer, one new hub and 3 spares to carry.

 Will be praying every inch of the way down. Coming back, doesn'r really matter to me.