So on this trip to Michigan, I thought once more, "What would I do". Well, on the way home at about 10 AM on Monday morning, driving on US highway 34 thru southeastern Iowa, the engine suddenly quit running. I was just south of a town called Eddyville. I steered it into the driveway of a farm house! Larry VanGenderen is his name, and I am so grateful to him and his wife.
Then I got out and proceeded with diagnosing the problem. After about 15 minutes, I had determined that the injector pump had failed. Larry came down with a small tractor and pulled my rig out of harms way further up his drive way. Then I called AAA. They could send two tow trucks and take me to Des Moines, Iowa, about 60 miles Northwest. But no one now days understands these old diesels. And the cost could be several thousand dollars. Larry, the farmer, suggested a salvage yard for a pump. And I carry tools to do the job. These solutions just didn't feel right.
Thank goodness for cell phones.
I called rental places. No rental trucks had hitches. Then I thought of my thoughts of what I would do on the way to Michigan. I called used car dealers. I found a 2004 Chevy pickup truck in a town about 40 miles south in Bloomfield.
I asked Larry if I could hire him to take me there. He did and we had a good visit on the way. The truck was a good solid used truck with 109,000 miles on it, very clean and tight, gold in color.
After I got hooked up to my boat, we put the Olds in a better place to await my return. I asked Larry what I could give him for his help. "I need nothing, but bring me some IDAHO spuds,"
I am returning to Iowa on Monday morning with a tow bar an a hundred pounds of spuds. I will not leave my baby in Iowa! This trip will cost about $700 in gas. Less than a repair bill in Iowa.
Google GEARED GREEN and watch Larry's JOHN DEERE tractor pull. He and his family farm 4,000 acres and compete in the pulling circuits in the summer. They are good people, good neighbors, and I thank you, Larry and Cindy VanGenderen!