We were up early the next morning to get on the road and get to Michigan. It was going to be another long, long day of driving, but that just meant that we were almost there. So we left Concordia, MO, and drove for about 1 hour when it all came to a halt. Out of the back tires of the pick up came clouds of black smoke. I radioed Vaughn to pull off the road and we followed after him. Once we were stopped we found that it wasn't the tires smoking, but the back breaks. And if that wasn't bad enough, my car started smoking as well. So we took the next exit off the road and tried to find a mechanic shop. We found a car auction place and talked to a guy in there. He pointed us back on the interstate back to Columbia, MO. We got back on the interstate just fine, the only problem was that we were going about 20 miles an hour and everyone else was going 75. We had 5 miles to get over into the far left lane to exit the interstate towards a Big O Tire shop. We made the first 3 lanes but the 4th one was a bit tricky and we almost missed the exit. Vaughn finally just pulled out in front of a diesel and I thought for sure he was going to get T-boned. I screamed. Somehow the diesel missed him and we got off the interstate. AHHHH!!!
We got through Indianapolis, IN, without any traffic trouble, (what a miracle), and I was navigating. Not a good idea. I had us headed towards Ohio instead of up to Michigan. I realized this about 5 miles out of Indianapolis and we were able to correct my mistake before it was a major event. The rest of the drive was uneventful. We got through the state of Indiana and into Michigan and found our way into Auburn Hills, but then we couldn't find the entrance to our apartments. We drove pass it several times until we realized where it was. YES WE MADE IT!! Checking in was a breeze and waiting for us at our new home was our friends the Updikes. Wes helped Vaughn unload the U-haul in record time while Jenny took the kids to a park. We then went to dinner with them and then I was ready to collapse. We got back to our new home, put the beds together and left the rest for the next day.It has been three wonderful weeks here in Auburn Hills, MI and I love it. We live in such a nice community, with a safe place to walk every morning and with about every store imaginable within 5 minutes of us. It is great and we love it here. Vaughn is enjoying working at Providence Hospital and Tyson and I are learning all about driving in 4 lanes of traffic. HA HA HA It is great!A special thanks to Vaughn's mom. Thanks Sue. We couldn't have made it here without you!!