The time had come to leave Natural Springs State Park in Oklahoma. Our home for the better part of 3 months. Mike's next project is in Farmington, NM. We woke up early eager to get on the road to our first destination, Beaver Dunes, on our trek West. Several hours into our trip, we heard a now familiar hissing air sound coming from the passenger side of the rig. We pulled over at a gas station in Woodward, OK. It had happened again! Saira blew the same air bag that we blew in Joplin, MO 2000 miles earlier. Freightliner is on speed dial now! Of course, there wasn't any Freightliner service centers near by. The closest is in Liberal, Kansas two hours away. Freightliner had our parts and a certified mechanic fixing our rig the next day. It was the longest 24 hours. We couldn't stay at the gas station because it was full of semi trucks (which are loud and stinky) so we parked across the street in a vacant lot. We sat in the huge lot alone in the night as if there was a large target sign on us. It was the first time that I wished we had a gun. With the carving knife by my side and the taser by Mike's side we tried to sleep. Between the nightmares and the semi trucks passing by little sleep was obtained. Friday brought more problems. We forgot to turn the key off on our "toad" so the Jeep battery was dead. Mike set out on foot to find some jumper cables. The day just dragged on until the mechanic arrived at 4:00 pm. He had no power tools and the sun was low in the sky. Amazingly, he was able to replace both rear airbags. By 8:00 pm, we were underway to Beaver Dunes. This was the first time we drove Saira at night. Not knowing exactly where we were going, we got into a bit of jam at what we thought was the park office. Mike had to unhook the Jeep but he had help from a little Chihuahua that chased around barking his little head off. After our failed attempt to locate the park at night we headed to the next town Guymon, OK. By midnight, we were both disappointed and exhausted so we pulled into the Walmart parking lot and called it a night.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.