We keep faking everybody out with our goodbyes that end up not being goodbyes. Each time we try to leave, we are delayed by something. This time, we actually DID leave (on Sunday morning). Which meant more tearful goodbyes. Little did we know that we'd see them a few short hours later. We thought we were in the clear with the repairs that had been made, although it's been hard to diagnose because the symptoms keeps coming and going. But when it had a little trouble starting in the Lowe's parking lot on the way out of town, we knew we weren't out of the woods yet.
Instead of getting on the road right away, we decided to take a test trip to Branson (Brannon's very wise idea), which is about 45 minutes away. There were some good-sized hills in between here and there that would test the fuel pump and hopefully give us an idea of what was going on. Although it handled the hills without hesitation, it refused to start up again after we ate lunch in Branson. Luckily, we weren't in a dangerous situation when it quit on us. After about 45 minutes of trying, the RV started again (after Brannon literally banged on the fuel tank several times with a breaker bar...not joking) and we were able to get back to Springfield. A couple more days of Brannon diagnosing and testing followed, which included me crawling into a small storage compartment underneath the RV with a headlamp and a power tool (see attached pictures...you're welcome).
We found an RV mechanic in Nixa who we think will be able to fix the issues, and we dropped it off there Wednesday morning. We hoped it would be finished by the weekend, but he told us today that it would probably be Tuesday before it is finished.
It's a weird feeling being in flux like this. Our plan has been interrupted and it has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster on many levels. We are trusting in The Plan, though, that is way bigger than our own, with an omniscient Author. And I, for one, can find peace in that.
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