Action packed travels!

So our holiday plans go as follow: we drive from Winnipeg to Minneapolis. It’s an eight  hour drive.
Stay overnight in Minneapolis.
Then fly out Saturday from Minneapolis to Orlando. Cheaper than flying direct from Winnipeg.

I know. Pain in the ass. But it’s Disney on a budget.

This is where we’re at two hours into our travels…

I was driving when I heard this weird noise. Then suddenly I heard an explosion… Ok, well a loud pop… No. No. Definitely an explosion.
Very calmly I pull off to the side of the highway as Wayne is instructing me, “Don’t brake! Don’t brake!”

Geez. Quit panicking buddy. You’d think this was the first time my rear tire blew up.

Of course the older kids remember the first time this happened to me, so now they think I’m the cause. I make tires blow up right from under me.

The first thing Wayne says is “Shit. We’re stranded.”
I ask, “Why are we stranded?”
He replies, “Because the thingy that the spare tire is attached to under the van” –no he didn’t say the thingy. I call it a thingy because I can’t remember what it’s actually called – “the thingy is jammed and the spare tire won’t come down.”

Immediately I go into problem-solving mode: “Get me your Blackberry, I need to find the nearest garage.”

He then says to me –keep in mind he’s already asserted that he knows the tire is immovable – “You don’t need to call anyone. I’ll get the tire off.”

But…What?…but he just said…


I say nothing because I don’t want to start the vacation off on the wrong foot, and calling him names would most certainly qualify as such.

As I’m sitting on a suitcase outside next to him as he tries to remove the immovable tire, I’m thinking how much faster I could do this if I was by myself.
People are driving by. Some are cat-calling, some are whistling…maybe to me, maybe to Wayne. I don’t presume.
But when they see a man wielding tools, the passersby are assuming that we’ve got it under control.

We don’t.

An hour and a half later, someone pulls over to see if we need any help. Yes! Yes we do!
The kind passerby has a blow torch in his truck.

At this point, after all this time of sweltering in the sun and boosting Wayne’s morale with the occasional “How ya doing Hun?” I don’t even question whether Blow Torch Guy is a serial killer. I’m like, “Yup, bring that weapon over here, let’s see what we can do.”

In the end, everything works out. We are back on the road. We are alive.

Zoe was mildly panicked at the thought of being stranded in the middle of the North Dakota farm fields. Apparently she’s never heard of tow trucks and replacement tires. During the duration of the roadside drama, she sat in the backseat hidden under a blanket.
The stress of the adventure knocked her out for a couple of hours afterwards (hurray!)

The boys made the most of the stop.

The funny thing is, as I was wielding my camera, Wayne pops his head out from under the van, and says, “Are you going to blog about this?”
I ask, “Should I?” Like I hadn’t already planned on it.
He replies, “Sure. You want me to do something for the picture? You know, like an action shot? I can pretend I’m frustrated.”
PRETEND you’re frustrated???
I say, “Sure. Pretend to be frustrated and I’ll take a picture.”
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31 Responses to Action packed travels!
  1. The Empress
    August 21, 2010 | 2:41 am

    What a keeper… a man who supports your blog.

    GLAD it all worked out.

  2. ~Mo~
    August 21, 2010 | 4:16 am

    I hope the rest of your trip goes ok!! I love when people suggest what to blog about! My mom sends me pictures all the time, and says you should blog about this!

  3. Opto-Mom
    August 21, 2010 | 4:33 am

    Tell Wayne his frustrated look should make him famous! Forget Tom Cruise! My bet is on Wayne!!!

  4. Canadianbloggergirl
    August 21, 2010 | 7:47 am

    Both my hubby and I gotta kick outta this post! Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly!

    Funny story: Hubby and I were on a 7 hr road trip in the winter. We stopped about an hour from our destination to eat at a truck stop. We'll got gas and my hubby says, tire looks low, I say ok we'll check it at the next station (this one was more geared from transports). We didn't even make it to the road, the tire was done. Anyways, like a man….he pulls out this can from the trunk. A can of air!!!!!! for a completely flat tire????? I let him freeze his fingers off trying to fix the tire with this can of air for a good 15 mins. I pulled into the transport garage and said, FIX IT! The guy went to high school with me, and did it….for free. And that is how it is done ladies!

  5. Busy Working Mama
    August 21, 2010 | 7:54 am

    LMAO – glad you all made it! Love the pretend frustration. Girl, you're good be nice and last an hour and a half, I'd been cursing like a sailor after 15 minutes.

  6. Matty
    August 21, 2010 | 8:24 am

    We men! Nothing like a man's ego to get in the way of progress. LOL

    But of course you were going to blog this. That's how we bloggers think. EVERYTHING is fair game.

    Let's hope this is the only stumbling block on your magical vacation.

  7. Mamma has spoken
    August 21, 2010 | 8:25 am

    Way too cute! The story, well not that you are stranded but how you told the story. Make sense? Hope so :o )
    Love the picture of the boys marking their teritory! I'm sure if you were closer you would have heard them talking about who can hit what with their stream or whose stream can go out the farest, or what they can draw with their stream. Yep you can tell I had 4 sons too…

  8. Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do
    August 21, 2010 | 9:21 am

    Glad everyone is safe. You know, the Mall of America is just a few exits down from the MPLS airport. Since you are staying the night, you should de-stress from your adventure with a bit of shopping!

  9. TKW
    August 21, 2010 | 10:07 am

    That tire looks like TOAST! I had to giggle at the picture of the boys marking their territory! Hope your trip doesn't have any more drama!

  10. sherri
    August 21, 2010 | 10:21 am

    Absolutely fabulous!! Love the frustration shot! Your family seems understanding… my ol' man is just getting to that point… he has always read my blog but now he's getting involved and telling me about things in his day or around us that may be blog worthy!

    Glad you roadside adventure ended on a good note… happy travels and be safe!

  11. Kristina P.
    August 21, 2010 | 11:03 am

    I love a group pee. I've never had a tire blow. I think I would crap myself.

  12. My name is Momma
    August 21, 2010 | 11:16 am

    HA! "Pretend" to be frustrated, eh?

  13. Dazee Dreamer
    August 21, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    and now, I can hardly wait to hear about the rest of the vacation. :)

  14. Semi-Slacker Mom
    August 21, 2010 | 12:41 pm

    I wish you would have videoed the entire event. That would have been better than Disney.

    And watch out for Donald & Tweedle Dee/Dum at WDW. You're hot & they're perves.

  15. McKenzie
    August 21, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    Glad that you were able to get the tire replaced! Funny picture of the boys in a row and Wayne pretending to be frustrated!

  16. nitebyrd
    August 21, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    You've had your trip drama, everything else will go smoothly. I pretty sure about that.

  17. Lourie
    August 21, 2010 | 3:26 pm

    Found you from Drama Mama's place. I have a panicky girl too. Actually two of my three are the panicky type. This probably would sent over the edge. I love the frustrated picture. Wayne is a good sport.

  18. cheeky curves
    August 21, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    You poor thing, I so pleased you were able to get back on the road again, I hope you have a lovely vacation

  19. Theres just life
    August 21, 2010 | 6:48 pm

    Been there. Done that. You just gotta go with their testestorone I can fix anything mindset.
    But it is soooo much faster when you can just call for help and get it done.

  20. Suzie Homemaker
    August 21, 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Ha! My husband is constantly asking me if I'm going to blog about incidents in our life and I just pretned like I don't hear him. Maybe I should get him to take pretend pictures for it instead. It might make things more interesting around here…LOL!

  21. Suzie Homemaker
    August 21, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    Ha! My husband asks me all the time if I'm going to blog about incidents in our life and I just ignore him. Maybe I should get him to take pretend pics. It would make things more interesting…LOL!

  22. Donna @ The House on the Corner
    August 21, 2010 | 11:49 pm

    OMGoodness!!!! You are such a hoot!!! I so admire your restraint ~ I would have gone straight to sarcasm and that wouldn't have been good at all!! Who thinks to whip out the camera when boys take advantage of an unplanned nature stop. Your husband is such a good sport!

    PS – next time, call me – I have in-laws in North Dakota!!

  23. Roxy
    August 22, 2010 | 12:53 am

    Haha, great pictures. I'm always jealous about the fact that men can use the bathroom anywhere.

  24. Miel Abeille
    August 22, 2010 | 3:05 am

    Yes, when life throws me a curve ball, I consider it a bloggable experience. Hope you enjoyed Disney!

  25. Ameena
    August 22, 2010 | 10:05 am

    That is one shredded tire…thank God you were all okay!

    I plan to steal your tag "this sucks big time." I will need to use it often – I hope you don't mind.

    Oh, and I am a mom of one fairly lovely child and I am just and unhappy with that title. Let me know if you have any tips on how I too can reinvent myself. :)

  26. Cassie
    August 22, 2010 | 1:19 pm

    HAHA this post absolutely cracked me up. ESPECIALLY the picture of all the boys "relieving" themselves. Absolutely hysterical. Glad you all made it out of there in one collective piece!

  27. Julianna
    August 22, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    This is so my life. Except I don't get to go to Disney. Enjoy! -J

  28. Jessica
    August 23, 2010 | 5:46 am

    I love your writing! I'm sure it's okay to laugh now b/c the event is over. I liked the immovable object and the potential serial killer.

  29. Another Day of Crazy
    August 24, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Ha! That's hysterical! I love your running (things you don't say out loud) commentary. I would have done that too!

  30. Poppy
    August 26, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    How many tires have you blown out exactly? I love the pictures of the boys. Awesome.

  31. jayayceeblog
    August 29, 2010 | 9:04 am

    PRETEND to be frustrated. What a riot!

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