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Road Trip Tire Blues (coffee contest continues)

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Winner is: LucyJane —> email me @ kim (@) mommyknows (dot) com.

The trip has been good (mostly). The kids have been content to enjoy the scenery, watch movies, play DS and nap. I have one major rule: NO CRYING or CATERWAULING.

Everyone has followed ‘the rule’ to a tee. Well, Georgia has had one or two minor infractions, but really they were so short-lived they aren’t worthy of more than a mention. Oh fine, I’ve done a bit of caterwauling myself, but like Georgia’s it was minor.

About 50 miles north of Helena, MT we heard a HUGE ‘BOOM’. Mr. MK quickly pulled over and we discovered that the back passenger tire was REALLY, REALLY flat.

Road Trip Blues
Taken with my iphone.

I was happy to NOT be a man (generally, this is always true) while Mr. MK, was out in the rain/sleet kneeling in the mud of the soft shoulder fixing that tire. We spent several hours at the Helena Wal*Mart while a new set of back tires was put on the van. Off we drove, not too stressed, but several hundred $’s poorer and several hours behind schedule. On a more positive note, the kids enjoyed the toy department, lunch at Subway and they each had a new movie.

After seven more hours of uneventful driving and just 2 blocks from our hotel in SLC, the van started to shake and shimmy. Again, we pulled over. The same DAMN tire was flat, and for the second time in 12 hours poor Mr. MK was out fixing a flat. This time (it wasn’t raining and he was NOT happy) I helped out by holding up the back door of the van for him. Poor guy, he shouldn’t have to do everything! I also thought it was a bit too much of a coincidence that our brand new tire would be flat, due only to bad luck. While Mr. MK put on the spare, I inspected the ‘new’ flat tire and rim. Mr. MK found this VERY annoyoing (what would I know right?), but I did find a hole in the aluminium rim of the tire, and as it turns out, it is the culprit.

Mr. MK’s was out 7:30 this morning, Wal*Mart replaced the 10 hour old tire. They were in the middle of mounting it when Mr. MK pointed out my ‘rim puncture’. He had called me, to tell me the tire would be fixed shortly, I asked about the puncture, because I wanted to make sure it was safe. Once he pointed it out to them they confirmed it wasn’t safe. They then couldn’t or wouldn’t fix the tire/rim and proceeded to tell us how impossible it would be to do on a Sunday in SLC.

However, the lovely front desk clerk at Homewood Suites by Hilton after listening to my ‘Road Trip Blues’ late the night before, recalled her roadside tire disasters and said if we weren’t successful with Wal*Mart we should try her ‘tire man’, an apparent life saver. She was right. I spoke with the Glen the Tire Genius and he said, “come on over and I’ll get you back on the road’. No maybes, no it’s Sunday, no I’ll see what I can do’s … just “come on over and I’ll get you on the road”. That’s exactly what he did!

If you ever find yourself in SLC with tire problems, you’ll want to call Glen at Glen’s Tires –> 3368 S Redwood Rd, West Valley, UT 84119, (801) 972-8213‎.

I’ll be doing my NaBloPoMo thingy all during the holiday. I’ll also be twittering the road trip away –> follow me on twitter @

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MK xo
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18 comments… add one

  • MommyKnows November 9, 2008, 11:11 pm

    We just arrived in Anaheim, about 30 minutes ago. It’s late 11 pm PT, and we are due to the tire issues 1/2 day behind. Oh well … 2 countries, 1 province, 6 states, 3 tires, 2 days … INSANE … I mean PRICELESS!

  • Joi November 10, 2008, 5:11 am

    Glen at Glen’s Tires is the type of man with the type of business that makes America truely tick.. all these big business monsters and you can’t get anything accomplished, but call up Glen (or Monty or Poco’s in my hometown) and it is no problemo!!

  • Susy-Q November 10, 2008, 5:21 am

    Ugh…flat tires, and not just once, but twice!? That would definitely have my husband losing his cool. I am glad Glen got you back on the road safely. Now I am looking forward to pictures of your children hugging Minnie and Mickey or of Georgia with Cinderella or some other lucky princess.

  • divrchk November 10, 2008, 5:38 am

    Glad that you’re back in working order! Have a great time at Disney.

  • anastasia November 10, 2008, 7:13 am

    2 countries, 1 province, 6 states, 3 tires, 2 days

    i know what you mean
    once i traveled and in one day i was in 6 towns. :)

    blogged about your coffee contest

  • lucyjane November 10, 2008, 8:10 am

    Uggg… I totally get it. Earlier this year we took a trip up north to see snow. WELL… we got STUCK… of course I posted about it… you can read it here: (again… i am glad I am mom and not dad ;)

    lucyjane’s last blog post..Sunday with the family…. plus…./Kitchen Poetry ::1

  • Ginny November 10, 2008, 9:41 am

    Yeah for Glen the Tire Genius!

    Ginny’s last blog post..Amazing Barbie Deal Spend $100, Get $50 VISA

  • Heather@It'sTwinsanity November 10, 2008, 9:55 am

    2 flats in 12 hours? I’d be ready to turn around and head home! I’m glad you have everything fixed. Hurray for the mom & pop shops that still believe in customer service!

    Heather@It’sTwinsanity’s last blog post..Not Me Monday

  • Leslie November 10, 2008, 11:01 am

    R we there yet?????

  • Roxanne November 10, 2008, 11:02 am

    At least everything’s okay now!

  • Ernesta November 10, 2008, 11:08 am

    I am starting to get ready for a roadtrip in the new year…looking forward to any tips you can offer travelling with kids!

  • Safire November 10, 2008, 11:29 am

    Hey I know exactly what shop you went to with Glen. He’s the best. Glad you made it!

    Safire’s last blog post..Sunday

  • Naomi November 10, 2008, 12:34 pm

    Oh, ick. Glad you weren’t flying solo on that one…

    Naomi’s last blog post..Peek A Boo!

  • Carolyn Sharkas November 10, 2008, 12:53 pm

    So sorry that you are having a tough time getting to Disneyland, just know that it will be worth the wait, when you get there. It is the happiest place on earth. Have a great time

    ceashark at aol dot com

    thanks for sharing

  • Cindi November 10, 2008, 5:55 pm

    Glad all of you are safe and have arrived at your destination. I hope your family has a blast. Take care, Cindi

  • Bonnie November 10, 2008, 6:36 pm

    Thank god for Glen. Glad you’re back on the road.

    Bonnie’s last blog post..Shake your tailfeather!

  • Justine November 10, 2008, 7:19 pm

    Fantastic story. I am glad you are there safely.

  • katie November 11, 2008, 10:36 am

    i’ll pass this along to my lil’ bro he lives out in Park City and is always breaking down! drive safe.

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