It is 4:30 pm on Tuesday, April 26th and we are on I-80 in Des Moines, Iowa. We have driven approximately 1,700 miles so far and have 1,300 left to drive. Our goal is to get to the campground near Yorktown, Virginia, our starting point for riding the bikes, by noon tomorrow. We are right on schedule despite our two-hour delay this morning.
We noticed last night as we were getting gas that the tongue of my trailer was bending, and that the front edge of the trailer was only six inches from the ground. This morning it was only two inches from the ground😳🥺. We were in Sidney, Nebraska, the home of Cabella’s, and decided that we needed to fix it. There was an Ace’s Hardware in town, but it didn’t open until 8:00 am, two more hours, so we found a restaurant open and decided to eat breakfast. I asked the waitress if there were any medal Fab shops in town or welding shops, and she went over and asked a local farmer who was eating. He came over, and we chatted about what we were doing and our problems. He gave me the name of a guy that he used for welding and repair, and he was only two miles away. I called him and he said come right over, so we did and he fixed my little trailer right up. When he finished I asked how much I owed and he said $150, so I gave him two 100 dollar bills, and told him “thank you, you saved our bacon!” He asked what we had in the trailer that weighed so much, and I said six bicycles! He enjoyed hearing about our upcoming adventures.
Whenever I do something like this bicycle trip something always goes wrong, and it is an adventure solving the problem and seeing how God supplies. This morning is just the first of many to come in the next two months I am sure, and I am looking forward to the adventure.