This is the story of the job that consumed our entire holiday weekend.
One day last week Lyle noticed something wonky going on with the steering of his truck. After further research he determined that it was time to do some front-end work before we set off on our trips in June. Memorial Day weekend was supposed to be cool and rainy anyway (not good camping weather), so that seemed the ideal time to get this "little job" taken care. Actually, he knew this wasn't going to be a little job, but if we had known at the out-set that his unseen partner was going to be Murphy... you know, of Murphy's Law?... I think we would have been highly tempted to just take the truck to the nearest dealer and trade it in!
Lyle is a skilled mechanic but it is not what he does for a living so he doesn't have a full range of auto-shop tools at his fingertips. He made a list of the parts and tools he thought he would need for the job and diligently went on "hunting and gathering" trips to the various "man stores" in the evenings last week. He knew it was likely to be an all-day job, and he didn't want to have to waste time on Saturday running after parts. His plan was to get it done on Saturday, and then be able to relax the rest of the weekend.
We were so relieved to finally begin to make progress... and by 9:00p.m. last night the truck was back together and running smoothly. We took down our "security gate" and thanked God for His help in getting us back on the road!