Friday, December 5, 2008
Leaving Vegas and Broken Down
We enjoyed one last meal in Las Vegas. We had two coupons for a buffet meal at the Stratosphere so we headed there after checking out of the Hilton Grand Vacation Club at the Flamingo. I really wasnt expecting much but to my surprise, it was delicious. After finishing up, we drove back to the tt, cleaned up, hooked up, and were on our way. About 1oo miles into the trip, Kevin noticed smoke coming from the driver side of the trailer. He pulled onto the shoulder, got out and saw not only smoke but something melted all over the tire. We had passed a truck stop about 5 miles back so we continued to the next exit and drove back to it. Luckily it was open and one of the mechanics came out and told us we had blown a wheel bearing. He had us unhoook,took it off, made a few calls, and sent us to auto zone to pick up the parts we needed. Once back, he proceeded to replace it. We lost 3 hours, but are so thankful that we were close enough to have it repaired. He told us, had we continued to drive we probably would have lost the wheel. Scary... Someone what looking out for us. I wanted to stop at a nearby campground for the night but Kevin wanted to continue driving and driving we did. We continued for several hours and stopped in Surprise, Az at a Walmart parking lot for the night. Well, part of a night, as we were off and rolling at 4:30am! Today was a very long day. We drove about 600 miles and stopped in Van Horn, Tx for the night. We will be drifting off shortly.. Tomorrow we hope to stop around San Antonio and hook up to watch some FOOTBALL..