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Howard Hughes Sits

Around 1:20 p.m. yesterday afternoon, after we'd gone maybe 134 miles, the Grand Voyager experienced what NASA technicians wold likely refer to as a catastrophic failure of the fuel delivery system. In Southbury, Connecticut, we vomited many gallons of gasoline across a parking lot. And then we were towed to a local garage. We spent the night at the Wyndham Southbury, and now we're waiting for the garage to call. Supposedly, we'll be able to get back on the road sometime between one and two p.m. Maybe we can reach Harrisburg, Pennsylvania tonight. At this point, we're three days behind schedule. If we are extremely lucky, we'll reach Birmingham tomorrow night, four days behind schedule. I'm running out of time for this trip. There was a very small window of about two weeks open.

I am past the end of my rope.

Currently, it's raining and 46˚F.

The photo below sums up yesterday.

Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast

3:41 p.m.


( 7 comments — Have your say! )
Apr. 20th, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC)
Have you considered turning back? Or maybe investing in a different vehicle? The repairs have to be adding up by now and a good used car might be the answer if you are determined to push forwards. If I had as many apparent signs from the universe I would consider saying to hell with it and doing something fun closer to home. Stress is not good for you and this trip just seems one stressful event after another; including and not limited to the small window of time for the trip.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Apr. 20th, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC)
Come back?
The trip seems to have a bit of a curse to it. No one would fault you if you turned around and came home.
Apr. 20th, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)
Jeez. I'm sorry you two are going through this. I hope your luck turns around.
Apr. 20th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
Shit happens and it sucks. Hopefully you'll get there sooner rather than later.
Apr. 20th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
If we are extremely lucky, we'll reach Birmingham tomorrow night, four days behind schedule.

I hope as I type this you're on the road.

Apr. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hope that you're under way again. Something like that could be the fault of the previous person who worked on the car, it might be worth checking into. Perhaps you could get a refund.
Apr. 20th, 2017 10:10 pm (UTC)
I have nail-biting anxiety over your vacation, so I can't even imagine what you and Kathryn are going through. I so want to see you make it to Alabama. Seeing your posts over the last few months, your heartache for home and the depression that comes from it, I feel for you terribly. You're one of my favorite authors and the only one whose blog I actively read, and I feel like it's a cruel joke of the universe that somebody so amazing and talented should have to suffer so much.

I don't pray, but I am keeping you in my thoughts and hope for a safe and uneventful journey for the rest of your drive.
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