Today Nathan and I headed up to our dealship to get an oil change on the CRV. On the way home I heard a klump and then the tire flump, flump, flump as I drove. Damn a flat tire. This started the next set of descions I had to make where I didn't really know what to do. We are on the big highway that goes through the city on a bridge. So there was no where really to pull over. But how long can I drive on a minimal tire. So once we were off the brdige there was a bit of a shoulder so I pulled off there. But then what?? My cell phone had no batteries so I sat there for about 5 minutes wondering what to do. No one was stopping, there was nothing around expect a water treatment plant. Also is it safe for me to be sitting in my car with the baby on a busy highway, what if some one hits us, is it safe to get out of the car... So I decided to grab Nathan is his bucket seat and walk to see if I could find a phone to get a tow truck. Luckily after about 20 steps someone pulls over. Again here I am making a bunch of descions on what is safe.... The guy who pulls up is a man with a cube van. He offers to drive Nathan and I home. But is that really the best descion, to get in a car with someone I don't know. That being said, who else is going to pull over. No point in waiting for a woman and her kids to stop because that's never going to happen. But I ask this gentleman if I can use his phone to call Darryl. So I call Darryl and he suggests we can change the tire with the full size spare on the back. So I head back to the car, thanking the gentleman, to wait for Darryl. Again trying to decide to I stay in the car or on the side of the road... I chose to wait in the car where it was not so windy (although was informed later it would have been better to wait far from the highway.
As I'm sitting there with Nathan up comes the police, I guess someone called in that a crazy lady was walking up the Deerfoot with her baby. =) And the highway patrol, Carmacks. Both of those nice gentleman help me to change the tire, which the spare also had a whole in it and we could barely get the cover off ( so wash your covers). At this time Darryl shows up, and the police call city wide towing to come and get the CRV We move Nathans car seat into our other car and head off to the car repair shop.
So some oberservations from this adventure:
Thank god I breastfeed, or what would we have done for food.
Get a car charger for my cell phone
If you are ever at the side of the highway, people will come, you just have to wait
The safest place is 40 feet away from the highway.
Hope your week has been less eventful....
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