Full Timing Never Promised Us a Rose Garden

We had two days of travel to reach our present location.

We left Munising about 9:45 am Monday morning for a 4-5 hour drive to the family property in Kalkaska. We felt that it would make a good overnight stop while on our way to White Cloud.

Sadly, we learned from my father upon our arrival that my first playmate, that wasn’t  family, had just committed suicide. All of us are deeply shocked & in a state of disbelief as Tommy had always been so laid back & easy going. Through marriages, divorces, deaths & relocations, our families have remained close friends for over 50 years. We offer our condolences & prayers to Tommy’s father, wife, children & siblings.

On Tuesday, with only 3 hours of travel ahead of us, we took our sweet time about getting back on the road. My pop made us his delicious breakfast burritos, a favorite. We spent a little time having coffee & visiting with Tommy’s father & my folks, then bade everyone good-bye.

3 hours later we arrived at Diamond Lake County Park in White Cloud, Michigan. The campground is relatively close to Don’s mothers home. Our daughter Leslie & granddaughter Ava will be joining us for a few days to visit with family.

After setting up camp, we set out for the 15 miles to Don’s ma’s. In route a warning light came on, REDUCED POWER TO ENGINE. Concerned, Don pulled off the road, shut the motor off & looked the truck over. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Don hopped back into the driver’s seat, started the engine, no warning light. We’d barely gone a half mile further & the warning light came back on. We made the decision to continue driving to his mothers since there wasn’t any noticeable change in the trucks’ handling. Meanwhile, I pulled up the nearest (16 miles away) Ford Service Department on my iPhone. As soon as we reached her home, Don was on the phone with Ford. They said they could take a look at it tomorrow but recommended we have it towed.


Thank goodness for our Good Sam Roadside Assistance. They contacted a towing service with a flatbed for us & covered the cost.


It’s a scary feeling when your only mode of transportation is being hauled away. Luckily we were able to borrow a family car.


Ford Service called this morning to inform us that the problem is with the thermostat. It’s not functioning & must be replaced. The purpose of the thermostat as I understand it is to keep fluids cooled before they reach the engine. This isn’t an unusual problem with the Ford diesels. The part itself isn’t costly, it’s the labor that hits the pocketbook hard. Thank you Dave Ramsey for suggesting we have a maintenance emergency fund on hand.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………..

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  1. You are so right about the emergency fund! Glad you had it towed and at least the engine is ok! Hope you get your wheels back soon!

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