Maybe in a few years I'll look back at this and reflect.
2018 CHP Retirees' Day
Ron and I set out to go to West Sacramento for the biennial CHP retirees' event. Just as we pull into a stop for lunch Ron's car overheated and was dumping coolant. We initially thought it was a loose hose and tightened all the hoses (some a lot). After we ate we put coolant in but right away it started coming out. We then saw it, bad water pump. We checked the four places in town with no luck but were told where to get one 20 minutes away. An hour later I'm back with the new pump, Ron had the car ready to install the new pump and we were back on the road (3 hours later).
Back on the road we only stopped once and that was at the Chowchilla River CHP inspection station, they were busy this time so on we went.
Once there we made I to the Thursday night BBQ and caught up with the coordinator for the cars and were shown where the cars would be parked? out in the south 40, ok? Soon as we backed in some of the retirees came over to check them out.
The next day some other cars showed up with the same confusion, throughout the day we had a few people show up at the cars, not even remotely close to what there were in prior years.
On the way home the next day Ron was following me and signaled me to exit so we got off the highway and he said he heard a bang and loud thunking. My first thought was to check the tires, nothing wrong and then he found it, the tailpipe was not attached to the hanger so we bolted it back together and on we went.
Not even two miles later Ron drives by me and gets off the freeway and I follow, this time a loud noise with something flying off the car. We pop the hood and it is running smooth so we shut it off and that was when I saw the tire, missing a chunk. Spare put on and back on the road, we stopped and put air in it.