|From The Villages|
Thursday, our last day, we were out in the car ( our Pontiac G6) going to a restaurant for lunch when a warning appeared on the dashboard about the "power steering". After eating and driving off the warning again appeared so we decided we had best get this checked out before heading home on Friday. We drove to a Chevrolet dealer in Leesburg. After checking the car out we were told that we needed a new steering column but the good news was that this problem would be covered under warranty and would not cost us and we would also be given a rental car at no cost. The job was to be done the next morning. We were taken to an Enterprise car rental and were given a Cadillac. We had hoped to leave early on Friday morning for our trip back to home but that was now changed. Our stay at the Villages was to be over at 11am Friday morning so we about 10:30am we loaded up the rental car and left. Hoping that we could get on the road in the early afternoon we ate lunch and then stopped in at the car dealership to see if the car was near to being done. Unfortunately, we were now told that it would probably be 3 or 4pm until it would be finished, as they wanted to be sure there would not be any problems for us going home. We then went to the local Mall and decided to take in a movie. We saw "A Madea Christmas", a Tyler Perry movie that was entertaining and filled in time for us. After returning to the dealership we still had to wait until almost 5pm when our car was finally repaired. Of course, then we had to move everything from the rental car to our car and then we were able to travel. We did drive to Brunswick, Ga. about 200 miles before stopping at a motel for the night and a Cracker Barrel restaurant was next door that we were able to get a bite to eat.
Saturday morning we were on the road by 7:30am after eating breakfast at the motel. We were somewhat anxious about our travels as a winter storm was moving east in our travel direction. We did hit a few rain showers through the Carolinas but it wasn't until just south of Richmond, Va. that we hit steady rain. North of D.C. we started seeing snow along the roadsides but it was not until we were through Frederick that we we driving through slushy roads. And the streets in Taneytown were snow covered although it was now raining. Our driveway was covered and Tom needed to back out and get a running start to get up into the driveway. We traveled a little over 700 miles in 12 hours with a stop at a Burger King for lunch.