A Few Minor Problems
Our first night out a little problem popped up with the RV. It seems we had sprung a leak in our plumbing, and it was not something I could easily fix on the road. What to do — continue on or turn around and go home? That was not a difficult question for us to answer. So we filled some water jugs and headed on.
The next day we began feeling a familiar (and unwelcome) vibration at about 60 mph. A month ago we had the same vibration, and it turned out to be a tire that was starting to separate. A new tire was needed then. I suspected the same problem. Sure enough, at Williams Tire in Benton, Arkansas, they found that the tread of the outer right rear tire was starting to separate. This time I just figured my previous set of tires came from a defective batch, and had six new ones installed. My month-old tire became the spare.
Back on the road all was good and we rolled through the balance of our trip smoothly.
Toad Suck, Pickles Gap, and Woolly Hollow
You just have to love Arkansas. You can’t make up names like these; they are just part of the fabric of the culture. Yes, every state has some funny names (Cut-And-Shoot, TX; Bird-In-Hand, PA), but Arkansas somehow seems to have a few more than its share. It will take another trip or two for us to visit Possum Grape, Skunk Hollow, Smackover, Goobertown, and who knows what other Arkansas delights.
Soccer was the prime reason for the trip. Hannah was an all-state player in New Mexico and now is ripping it up in the Southern Athletic Association. As a freshman, she started every game as a defender for the Warriors. Now as a sophomore she has been moved to attack and currently leads the team in both goals and assists.
When we first saw the game on Friday evening, Hendrix looked a bit out of synch and lost to Berry College. But the team came back on Sunday with a very strong 5 – 3 win over Oglethorpe. Hannah played well and contributed two assists and a goal to the victory.
Saturday while Hannah had some quality time with her parents and grandparents, I headed to the stadium to see a bit of Division III football. What can I say? When it’s Saturday in October, ya just gotta watch some ball. And boy, did I! It was a great, back-and-forth game that came down to the very last play which unfortunately ended inside the one yard line for Hendrix. They lost to Washington Univ. of St Louis 45 – 41.