June Detroit Trip PART 1 -Driving from Portland OR to Detroit MI-
We set out at 8:47 am on Monday June 7, 2010 in a 1994 Isuzu NPR diesel 4 cylinder 15″ box truck.
I remember the time because I wanted to be on the road by 9:00 am. So goal #1 Good to Go!
My goal for the truck was to take it and a load of hubcaps to the D.
Let me introduce you to the cast of characters. Mike Hanafee, John Johnson and of course ME.
Now if you have been following Restore you know Mike and I, but may not know John. He is a buddy of ours who was looking at moving to be on the launch team at Restore. Great guy who loves Jesus. Of course he had no idea of what might be instore for him with 2 guys who sometimes have trouble controlling themselves.
We wanted to drive straight through. So that means everybody is driving. We made it just into Utah as dusk was upon us. So you know what that means, the dreaded Rockies in the dead of night.
Yes, we did hit the Rockies at night, but to make matters worse as we drove through Wyoming, it rained all night.
God was good though and the truck was a real trooper as it took each mountain with the gusto of any 4 cylinder diesel loaded with hubcaps.
We made it to the Nebraska border just as the sun was coming over the horizon. First let me say Nebraska is a state with not much in the way of gas stations. We almost ran the truck empty twice of diesel, but we were able after much prayer to find a fuel station.
We made it to Detroit Michigan in less than 40 hours. We ended up getting to Detroit at 4:00 am Wednesday morning.
So we got a hotel and slept for about 5 hours and were back up for a meeting in Novi.
All in all it was a fun trip. God was gracious as we drove. No mechanical issues, no personality issues, and no state patrol issues. We drove around 2400 miles and it was good.
Some things to reflect on:
1. you don’t realize how bad the cab of the truck smells till after you have been out of it for a few hours.
2. we never stopped for food, we only stopped for fuel. (we ate snacks the whole trip)
3. cigars though enjoyable don’t help the 1st reflection get better.
4. we actually did all love each other. we had a blast.
5. don’t sit in the middle seat, it made your butt hurt. springs must have been gone.
6. you needed to be almost passed out for sleep to come in a box truck. noisy and uncomfortable.
7. cheesy signs on the back of trucks garner a lot of attention.