Sunday, March 04, 2018
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
but somehow the Universe was not in agreement.
We (my son and I) headed out on time Thursday morning at 7:30AM. Estimated time of arrival
at the border was to be nine hours later. The cooler was packed with food along with suitcases packed for staying in Texas for three months. One carry on suitcase was packed with gifts for grand kids.
It was a unique experience because 99% of the time, I am driving alone. However this time my son was adamant that he was going to go with me as far as Laredo and then take the bus back to San Miguel. I acquiesced thinking it would be nice to have company and time to talk.
About two hours into the trip, we hit MAJOR road construction which had Hwy 57 down to one lane for a long, long time. It took us one and a half hours of idling, slowly crawling along and finally we got through it. Us and about 300 long haul trucks plus cars of course.
We hit the midway point, Matehuala in six hours. It usually takes four and half. We sighed and said that we would definitely not make it to the border in nine hours which is typical.
Little did we know what was getting ready to happen. We bypassed Matehuala and about thirty minutes north, the car went from normal on the heat index to HOT.......that fast. We immediately pulled over as soon as we could. It was where a young man was selling honey and there was a very rudimentary house there. This is desolate, desert country. Obviously we were not the first car to overheat as he came with a big bucket and water. He and my son spent the next thirty minutes getting
the car cooled down to the normal range.
In the meantime, we had talked and said we needed to go back to Matehuala where there is a motel that we have stayed in in the past 20 years and they could help us with a mechanic. It took us
an hour of repeating the water on the radiator, and sitting on the side of the road til the car cooled down as a gazillion 18 wheelers went roaring by us. (I'm not exaggerating)
We did get to Las Palmas. I was quite a sight as I went into the lobby and told the man I hoped he had a room and a good car mechanic. He instantly called the mechanic and then got a room for us.
The mechanic was there in thirty minutes. He worked til dark and we all hoped that what he had done fixed it. Unfortunately when we left the next day we only got thirty miles down the road, heading back to SMA, before the car overheated again. John called the mechanic and we limped back to the motel, met the mechanic, and got our old room back. We hoped we could still leave that day as it was now only 8:30AM. It was not to be. More major work. The car was ready by 3PM, but we were not willing to take a chance of going back and getting caught in construction traffic again and having to drive in the dark. It's a good thing we did not try.
We DID leave yesterday morning. All was well. We DID get to the construction traffic going south, but by some miracle or blessing, they diverted a few of us onto the road heading northbound and we zoomed by stopped traffic heading south for about thirty minutes! Oh thank heavens that we were not in that again.
We DID arrive in San Miguel yesterday with no problems. H alleluia. I have thanked my son over and over for being there and taking care of that mess. I am at his house in his guest room until I can reschedule things with the doctor's office as there was no way for me to get there by the appointment time of Monday morning at 9:55AM Once the preliminary appointment was cancelled, that also cancelled the surgery as they need nine days before meeting, tests and then surgery. It is what it is.
You may wonder why we came back here and did not go forward to the border. Well, we both were not confident about the car. Plus, the area north of Matehuala is very mountainous along with being very desolate. No way did I want us to be stranded in that area. It's several hours from Matehuala to Monterrey......Then there was the concern about me driving back in the car alone in May. Nope, is not going to happen. I'll fly from now on.
I put close to 150,000 miles on the previous car driving all over Mexico, but this episode has changed my mind radically about driving alone anymore. Drat! I SO love road trips.
The other thing is that the money I had set aside for Houston has gone to the back insurance premiums and now repair to the car. I need to regroup............
It will ALL work out. I'm so grateful for my son being with me; for the fact that we were near somewhere where we could stay safe and secure; and that we made it back here, safe and sound.
I'm telling you, you can think you've planned well, that you have everything under control, but guess what, that is not always true! The best laid plans can definitely go awry as these have.
Who knows what will be the future plans? It certainly is true that "Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all". This one was a doozy.