On the fourth day of our trip, we got up, packed and checked out. Ready for the long drive back home. Jordan pulls the car around and we start loading everything and everyone in. By this point we had remembered that our air conditioner was broken. It was going to be a hot trip back home. Or so we thought...
I happened to notice something hanging off the bottom of the van and pointed it out.
We're not car people by any means, but normally it's not good news to see something like this. We search for a mechanic and land at a Pep Boys a couple of miles away. Jordan goes in to talk with them and explain what's going on. The mechanic informs us that he can't even look at the van for another few hours. He also lets us know it'll probably take several hours to fix, and that's if they don't have to order parts.
So, here we are. We've got a van literally packed full of kids, strollers, and luggage, and we're basically stranded. We search again and find a moderately priced hotel near Pep Boys. Jordan drives us to the hotel and drops us off along with all of our belongings and takes the van back to Pep Boys. He then has to walk back to the hotel.
We spend the next few hours at the hotel. We watch TV, swim and order in pizza. It was a nice break in between vacationing and driving. We get a call from Pep Boys that evening with good and bad news. Good news, they can fix it. Bad news, they have to order a part and it won't be in until tomorrow around noon. They also tell us that they won't know for sure if the air conditioner is broken until after they fix the other issue.
We call down to the front desk of the hotel and ask if we can have the room for another night. They inform us that the entire hotel is sold out.
So, a small recap for you: Our van will not be fixed until sometime in the afternoon. We have to check out of our room at 11:00 a.m. We have all of our luggage and double stroller. We have no car seats so we can't get a cab to another hotel.
The next day we check out of our room and head down to the lobby. Thankfully we're able to check our bags at the luggage station. We mull around the lobby for a few hours, waiting for Pep Boys to call us back. They do, with more good and bad news. Good news, they can fix it in a couple more hours. Bad news, the air conditioner is broken and it's going to cost literally the rest of our savings to fix.
We bite the bullet and two hours later we're on the road home! Seventeen hours later we pull into our driveway. We're exhausted and filthy, but home.
And then we have enough time to do a load of laundry, take showers and repack! Because we're now two days late leaving for our week long vacation in Texas!
Part 5 coming your way, sometime :)