Dad and Christopher arrived safely home with Uriah this afternoon, a little after 1:30 p.m. Joseph, John, and Jesse were at the Mission with Nathan, but we girls were home and excitedly watched for the big white bus to drive on to South 15th Street :-).
(Mom waving as Uriah comes down the street.)
We are grateful for the Lord’s protection because Dad had to drive through very tough situations – mountain roads in the dark, fog, rain, freezing rain, and ice. There is much work to be done on the bus to convert it, but for now, we will do some cleaning and mechanical things.
Thank you for your prayers! Uriah is HOME!
Joyfully His, Sarah PS – Sorry for the somewhat duplicate post; I hadn’t realized Christopher had already posted :-).
We arrived home (safely) a little over an hour ago – thank you very much for your prayers. Apparently, the roads in the KC area had been fully treated since the accidents this morning – so besides seeing some cars (and a semi) that were off the road in various places, the roads were not iced over.
As we approach Kansas City (only a few hours away) the temperature is dropping and it has been steadily raining. Ice is forming on the exterior surfaces of the bus and we have seen numerous salt trucks. The interstate is not yet slippery, but the temperature in Kansas City is 24, and our weather-tracking web page was reporting a number of accidents on various roads and interstates.
From dark and narrow mountain roads to icy interstates, it looks like Uriah is doing very well on our first trip with him!
Although, the heat in the main cabin of the bus hasn’t been working, so it has been a little chilly. It’s a good thing the heat in the driver’s area is functioning!
We started out in the bus by driving about 40 miles through curvy, narrow, and steep (9% grades) roads through the mountains until we got to the Interstate. I guess they figure that if you can drive a bus on roads like that the interstate’s will be easy…
We did stop for diesel at a Flying J. The bus has a larger gas tank than the van, actually, it is significantly larger. The van held about 30 gallons, while the bus holds 230. Filling that tank is an exciting experience.
Dad and I are now between Lexington and Louisville (both in Kentucky) on I-64 driving west – which means we have about 550 more miles to go. We spent most of the day at Easter Bus finalizing details and checking the bus out.
In the past, with one of our older vans, we have had to stop a number of times in different places and have tires balanced. It was funny to find ourselves in the bus, which has brand new tires in the front, stopping to also have those balanced.
We were finished at the tire center and on the interstate by about 6:00 p.m.
I’m not sure how much later we’ll keep driving (it’s a little after midnight) until we stop for some rest. What is nice about the bus is that there is plenty of room for sleeping bags, cushions, and air mattresses in the back.
We would appreciate prayer as we continue traveling. We’ve driven through rain in the mountains and there is a chance of freezing rain during the day on Saturday as we drive west.
6:10 a.m., Thursday morning – The adventure begins! Dad and Christopher start the 16-hour, nine-hundred plus mile journey to Bassett, Virginia. Winter weather is predicted for our area, but gratefully they have left before the storm comes through.
The plan is that this will be a whirlwind trip, with Dad and Christopher arriving home sometime Saturday. Please pray for their safety while they travel and for all the details of bringing the bus home! We’ll try to keep you updated on their progress.
Here’s a picture of the van and trailer taken yesterday afternoon. The van has served us faithfully these past several years.