I’d like to say that everything went smoothly from California to Florida, but I can’t. Nothing horrible, mind you, but many unexpected bumps along the way. Designerd and Mr. T planned on taking 10 days starting the day before Thanksgiving to drive slow and methodically across the country so that we could store the (still nameless) Barth in Florida. However, it had been 3 weeks and it was still at the mechanic’s shop, apparently waiting for a part.
So we arrive the day before Thanksgiving, planning to just leave from San Jose instead of back-tracking 45 min to our house and then leaving again, pick up the Barth and leave the mechanic’s to fuel up and the steering column begins a very nasty shimmy. Back to the mechanic’s. Turns out it needed another part to stabilize the steering column. After several panicked phone calls, the mechanic managed to have the part shipped from Vancouver second day air–due to the holiday that means Monday. (Now we are freaking out a bit because we are losing valuable travel time…) Monday we show up at the same time as UPS and the supplier only shipped one of two pieces! Ugh. So the decision was made that the trip would be made without the new part.