Power Steering Fluid
This weekend we journeyed down to Kansas to visit friends one last time before our trek. First, our adventures took us to the Newton area to visit Denise and Elton Nickel and various Hesston and Bethel College students. However, 10 miles before our destination, there was a slight hissing noise emanating from under our hood, followed quickly by loss of power steering. To top it off, our console lit up like the fourth of July! We made it to Gossel amidst Alison groaning at every turn of the wheel and Renee calling for backup. Luckily for us, we know several mechanics in Kansas, one of them being an in-law of the very people we were staying with. Brent discovered and replaced a melted thing-a-ma-jiggy and a torn belt. Renee was able to use the Nickel’s car to go to Hesston and on a Druber’s (a doughnut shop) run. We had a wonderful time catching up with good friends.
The next morning, after our power steering fluid was topped off, we headed off to Lewis, KS to visit Kelly and Amanda Ratzlaff and their sons Eli and Ethan. Once again ten minutes before our destination, our power steering became more like manual steering. Good thing we would be staying at another mechanic’s house! This time no lights were flashing but once again Alison was driving so maybe the car doesn’t like her. 🙂 Aside from car troubles we had a wonderful time visiting with the adults and playing with the kids. We were also able to get together with Amanda’s parents, Ken and Nancy. Thanks for the food and the prayers!
Several times this weekend, we had opportunity to share about our plans and motivations behind hiking the trail. It was nice to share our enthusiasm about our journey and we welcome any and all questions people may have.
Even though it was a quick trip, it was beneficial for us. We utilized the driving time to read a book about the trail to each other, work on our chapel for March 12th at Freeman Academy, and even write this blog!
Renee especially feels unstoppable after this trip since she helped fix a broken toilet and can now refill her power steering fluid with an assist from Alison. (we had to fill it up twice on the trip home). We are feeling very thankful that the car and us made it home safely.
One interesting tidbit: if you let gummy worms set on your dashboard in KS they turn into a warm gooey substance. Then, upon cooling, they will meld together to become one large gummy. Mmmm, yummy. 🙂