Several years ago our family took a road trip out west. Actually we have taken several. On this particular trip we were visiting the Badlands in South Dakota. To set the stage it was hot and unbearable weather to camp in.
So we planned to leave and drive east until we found a hotel to stay in. Unfortunately as I returned to the car, anxious to leave and get out of the heat, I noticed we had a flat tire.
Of course, flat tires are not a big deal. That’s what spare tires are for. However, I’m not a fan of changing tires in 100 degree temperatures.
I was able to talk the rest of the family into leaving, much to their chagrin. We had brought along a 12-volt air pump so I was able to put some air in the tire. I knew that with the heat, if I kept driving the tire would stay hot enough to retain adequate air pressure.
Now I am not recommending you try that unless you have the heat in your favor as well as the size of the hole in your tire. Let’s face it, if you have a slice in your tire this will not work.
Be that as it may, we pumped up the tire and jumped on to the interstate. Exits are not close together, but I did stop at the first exit to check the air pressure. It was fine, so on we went.
We finally found an exit with a really nice hotel. In fact, we actually fell in love with the place. It had very clean rooms, large indoor swimming pool, and a nice breakfast.
To top it off there was a full service gas station right across the street which made it easy to get the tire fixed before anyone got up the next morning.
Too often in life we allow setbacks or unfortunate circumstances to dictate our mood. Yes, I have actually succumbed to such things.
But if we had not had the flat tire we would not have found a hotel chain that we wound up staying at again at a future time.
Not only that we had a great time and all of agreed that the flat tire turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
We are several days into 2014. Like me you have your trip planned out, but have you thought about the setbacks? They are coming, and you may have to rewrite your travel plans.
I am Mike Henderson, speaker, author, husband of my best friend, proud father of 5, and grandfather of 4. I like to hike with my wife, golf with my kids, travel, read books, and start new projects. My purpose for this blog is to help people and to give people hope.
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