David wasn't able to get off of work, so my aunt flew out from Kansas City and drove all the way back with me and our littles! She was such a big help!
Our first morning was a bit more adventurous than we had hoped for. We stopped for a bathroom break and noticed the back passenger side tire looked a little low - so since we were at a gas station, we thought we'd fill it up and keep an eye on it.
Their air machine was broken, we went to another gas station - same thing. Right next to that was a tire repair place and I asked them to air it for me which they generously did. So, we were off.
I was completely paranoid about it though, I kept asking my aunt to look out her rear view mirror and check on it and then I knew I could feel something different about the way the car was driving. So, we took the very next exit.
We pulled into another gas station and our tire was almost completely flat. We'd only gone another 20-30 minutes, so we knew we had a problem. We filled it up again and asked where the nearest place was to get our tire fixed.
Turn right out of this gas station and go seven miles, the attendant instructed. She said we'd pass a police station, a produce stand and then see the tire place.
So, to the right we headed. It was a beautiful drive - but boy, did it feel like there was a whole lot of nothing out there! I said to my aunt, "I sure hope she was right - this requires a lot of faith!"
Not seeing anything and not knowing how long our tire would hold air made those seven miles seem much longer than they normally would have.
But, eventually we did see the police station!!! A few more blocks and we saw the produce stand...now we were just looking for the tire place.
Where could it be? Oh! There it is! We pulled in and there were two or three workers sitting around waiting for something to do. One young man came over to our car and we explained the situation - he had that tire off (with all of us sitting comfortably in the car!) in no time and quickly figured out it was the valve stem that had a crack in it and needed replacing.
As soon as he said that - it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. Just one or two days before, I had gotten a letter from our car company saying there have been reports of cracked valve stems and to make sure and check them. Sure enough ...
He replaced it and had that tire back on in about fifteen minutes! After paying our $8 bill and having him check all the tires, we were back on the road! Thank You, Lord - for providing all of our needs and so quickly and inexpensively as well!
Emily took a picture of the place we stopped ~ and I was thankful for the kind people in Jackson, Georgia!
By the way, I forgot to tell you the name of the produce stand .....
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