Friday, August 12, 2011

The Great Journey East, Entry 6

On Thursday we began our journey to North Carolina. I wasn't sure how far we were going to make it, but we were going to give it our best shot to make it the 9 hours to Raleigh. And we did give it our best shot! We made it to Knoxville doing good. We made one stop for lunch and got on our way. We were enjoying the view as we crossed over the state line into North Carolina.
The highway was very busy, with semi-trucks and cars. The trucks have their own lane-the right lane. So I was staying in my left lane and we came upon a curve. A semi-truck decided, or didn't see me, to join us in our left lane. We had just passed the cab of the Katie and Kailey saw wheels up close! He scraped the side of the van and instinctively I slowed a little and moved a little to the left. I was then able to make it to the rightside shoulder of the road to examine the damage. The driver immediately following me pulled off also. He saw everything that happened- but also how quickly things could have changed involving him. The semi-truck did pull off also. Highway Patrol (HP) was called, buy it took 45 minutes because they couldn't find us. We didn't know what mile marker we had just passed. Everyone is fine- the van has $4600 worth of damage. We were about 40 minutes from Ashville. We went and got dinner with Katie now driving a full van and one side mirror. Luckily, Darrel was at Ridgecrest and was able to secure rooms for us to spend the night. [Thank you again Darrel!] Mark came and met us. We had to get the car seats into his vehicle to make the viewing out of the rear view mirror possible. We finally made it to Raliegh, got a rental, and dropped the van off at a body shop at 4:45pm.

At this point, I wish everyday for my van. The added drama it added to our life can't have a price tag assessed. But, as Katie kept saying, 'We're makin' memories!' I continue to go back through what happened. It happened SO fast that it's a blur. I know we were so lucky! It could have been so much worse--I continue to say that it was because so many people, Facebook friends, family, and church family, were holding us up in prayer. Glory to God!

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