We’re On the Road

It is always a delightful relief–if one can get past thinking of all the things you might have forgotten–to get in the bus and be gone. This is only a small trip, about a fifth of the length of the last one, so things did seem much easier to get ready, but we still managed to forget a few food items, but no big deal.

Yesterday was full as we prepared. Dad, Mom, Joseph, Jesse, and Nathan were heavily involved in ITonRamp.com, and the rest of us all had our own responsibilities to prepare for leaving. This morning dawned early, and our goal was to leave at 7:30. It was actually about 8 when we left. As we drove down the street, we heard an odd noise. We weren’t making it very far. John got out and discovered we were dragging a stick, which shouldn’t have made that much noise, but anyway, the noise was gone, so we were set.

Temperatures and humidity were up today, and we decided to do an open-air ride until about lunchtime (so we wouldn’t have to run the generator), when we neared St. Louis and rain. We fired up the generator and turned on the air, not without event, though. For some reason, the circuit breaker on the generator had been tripped. So, we pulled over to reset it. After we were on our way again, the air was on for only about two minutes, and we lost power again. Puzzling! So, we pulled over and John discovered the reason. It was because the extension cord in the generator bay had shifted and shut the breaker off. Very odd. John moved the extension cord to another bay, and we were set. We were very grateful for the cool air! Most of us took naps, since sleep was on the short side last night.

Late afternoon, we were excited because it was going to work out for us to briefly see our friends, Dave and Liz, at a W-M in Indiana off the interstate. The call was made, and they hopped in their car and began driving. They arrived only a few minutes before us. What a delight it was to chat with them and eat dinner. We had a great time of fellowship in the bus. It seemed surreal to think that we were actually sitting in a W-M parking lot with our dear friends! What a blessing it was. After awhile, though, we had to say good-bye, because we needed to make it further tonight.

About twenty minutes after we left them, I had gone to grab what I would need to work on a blog post, when there was a loud explosion, and the truck next to us swerved back and forth as he struggled to maintain control over his truck. The noise was so dramatic, some thought we had been hit, but since we didn’t feel any impact, we knew that wasn’t the case. We immediately knew what was going on: one of the tires from the truck beside us had exploded. Debris from the shredded tire flew everywhere, and we think some of it hit the bus. Dad could see parts of the tire going everywhere in his rear view mirror. We are extremely grateful for the Lord’s protection over us and all the other drivers around; there could easily have been accidents and serious damage. In the meantime, the truck driver was able to pull safely off of the interstate.

We are stopped for the night outside of Columbus, Ohio, and we’ll drive the last 7 hours to Harrisburg tomorrow!


Where's John? I took this yesterday when he was under the bus working.
Jesse was speed waxing the bus.
Loading up yesterday. It was warm!
Nathan and Melanie had us over for dinner last night. It was delicious, and the fellowship was top-notch!
Cute Abby.
Usually I'm on the other side of the camera.
Bible time
The guys and Dave
Dinner was salad, chili, chips, and ice cream pie!
Liz and I
Dave and Liz--thanks so much for driving up to see us!

“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11).

6 thoughts on “We’re On the Road”

  1. Oh, I didn’t know you left today!!! Been praying for you. I like the picture of you with Bethany, Sarah. I also like the picture of family Bible time.

    Today, I’ve been reading parts of Spring with the Moodys. This is one of my favorite books in the series. Can’t wait to read Autumn Days. A friend told me it’s really exciting.

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  2. Because of an upcoming furlough our family is planning, we have especially enjoyed your blog posts about traveling in your bus, Uriah. We are prayerfully considering acquiring either a motorhome or a van with a travel trailer. Our family of ten would be living full time for almost a year in it while we report back to supporting churches. Does anyone in your family have any comments or recommendations for us as we try and decide which would be better between these two choices? Thank you for your time!
    Go with a van.

  3. We often take safe travel for granted, but with your extensive time on the roads there is the potential for more to happen…as your blog posts share with us. I’m so thankful to God for His continued protection of your family!! Blessings at the convention.

    ~Monica C.
    ps: Crockpot liner…what a great travel idea!

  4. Thanks for this update, and continued prayers for safety as you travel. Even though you all have had some minor “incidents” I’m glad everyone is okay (and glad you have power in Uriah!). 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness! :O I am so glad the Lord protected you all as you began your travels, that blown tire incident could have been really bad if the truck driver hadn’t been able to get control. 🙁 Praise God that He worked things out for good! 🙂

    I’m so glad you all were able to see your friends! How fun! 😀 It’s great to be able to fellowship with others like that. 🙂

    Continuing to keep you all in prayer as you travel this week!
    Love and Prayers,
    ~Miss Rachel~

  6. Great picture of you and Bethany, Sarah. Do Joseph, John, and Jesse have ITouches, or something? They look kinda familier.
    They have Bibles on their phones.

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