Welcome to my next trip report installment. Here is a run down of the basic information:
CAST: Me, DH, DD (14), DS (7)
Dates: Oct. 30-Nov.4
Resort: Pop Century, Room 6337 70’s Section
Our latest chapter of our Disney adventures began on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at noon. DH and I had to work that morning so the kids went to school and we went to work. IT was finally noon and we were ready to head south. Aidan (DS) had to take some test that morning due to missing 1 1/2 days of school and that turned out to be a bad idea. We got his grades yesterday and he was apparently more focused on WDW and not those tests. :pinch: Uh oh, DS may not be able to be pulled from school like DD has been and not have it effect him. Anyway, we ate lunch in the car headed out. We were making great time, smooth sailing, UNTIL the kids started yelling about a bug in the back seat. They were acting all crazy and screaming. So DH and I both turn around to see what was going. Yep, driver and navigator took their eyes off the road momentarily and we missed our exit for I-16. CRAP! So we did a U-turn. We get on I-16 and with in minutes DH is pulling off the interstate. I was confused because he wasn’t saying anything just pulling over. He looked at me and said I think we just blew a tire. We both get out and yep tire is completely flat. The sensors on the car lit up warning air pressure was decreasing and with in seconds it was flat. DH changed the tire to the spare on the shoulder while I googled closest Sam’s club. The kids were freaking out. They have never experienced a flat on the interstate and with the cars just flying by it was a little scary for them. DH got finished and the Sam’s wasn’t far so we pulled up. The technician said they would check the tire first to see if it could be repaired. (FYI, if you are a Sam’s club member you can have tires repaired for free, it’s a member perk). He told us it would be about an hour. We went to Shake N Steak right next door for some dinner. When we got back to Sam’s they informed us our tire had been slashed by something and had a deep long gash, in short it wasn’t repairable. We needed a new tire. They proceeded it to tell us they didn’t have our tire in stock and it would 3 days. UM, NO that ISN’T an option, next option please. Ok, then you will need to replace BOTH back tires. UM, seriously, this car only has 12,000 miles on it and the tires are like brand new. So the lead technician comes over and says he has a Pirelli tire that will work with the Goodyears we have. Same speed rating, etc. SOLD! So $200 and another hour later we are finally back on the road. We made it to our destination of the Hampton Inn in Palm Coast at approximately 9:30PM. I was stressed out, tired, and praying this wasn’t an omen for this trip. I was ready to hit the bed and wake up to a great, big beautiful tomorrow.