When something goes wrong

It seems daunting to drive 3,010 miles across the country. When I first looked at a map and realized that I would be spending about two days in a car on a six day trip, I began to get worried about how I would stay interested in the trip for that long. I began to think of all the things that could go wrong as we travelled that far.

What if we get a flat tire? I don’t know how to change a flat tire. What if we get a flat tire and we have no cell reception? How long would we be stranded in the middle of nowhere? What if we get lost and can’t figure out how to get back on track? What if we pick the wrong hotel and end up in a sketchy unsafe area?

There are so many questions that ran through my head as I prepared to make the trek. While there are a variety of issues that can occur when making the long drive to Georgia, we were lucky to only encounter a few issues. We had made it all the way to Moab, Utah before we encountered our first problem.

As we made our way across the boarder between Utah and Colorado, we realized we left our swimsuits on the bathroom backdoor of our Motel 6 room. We laughed it off and were thankful that it was the only problem we had encountered.

Our luck didn’t last long when the next morning we locked our keys in the car the next morning. Although we had planned a hike for the day, we were lucky enough not to have too much planned for the day beside getting across Kansas.

We called roadside support and waited for them to arrive. We began to grow impatient as the hour mark approached. We wanted to get back on the road. Once roadside assistance finally showed up, we were able to get back on track.

We were lucky enough not to have too many problems on our 3,000 mile journey, but that’s not always the case. The main thing to remember when something goes wrong is to go with the flow. Sometimes the problems you encounter lead to other adventures. Because of our setback, we ended up getting to Kansas City at 9:30 p.m. Navigating the city in the dark in search of what we were told was the best barbecue around, we had an adventure.

Being open to changes of plans and making adjustments in you schedule may be important because it is nearly impossible not to have something go wrong so its best to just go with the flow.

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