Garden on the Go

aiming to foster an appreciation for farming and healthy eating among area youth

“the pop heard ’round detroit”

by Claire & Serena on September 1, 2013, no comments

One fateful August morning (last Monday), Serena and I were preparing for one of our last trips with the trailer. We got on the road set on getting to Bennett Elementary at 10:30. What should have been a half hour drive down the lodge freeway quickly turned into disaster on the ramp of exit 4B. I pulled onto the shoulder while Serena watched as our right trailer tire smoked and soon totally exploded.

Serena hides concern as she smiles with the garden (that isn't so "on the go" anymore)

Serena hides concern as she smiles with the garden (that isn’t so “on the go” anymore)

So there we were: Two girls, a mobile garden, hazard lights, a busy freeway, a tire in shreds and no spare. But when all hope seemed lost, we stared into the eyes of defeat and…called Belvin. Luckily we were only minutes away from Belvins house, he even woke up to help out! Belvin was able to help Serena and me detach the trailer and secure it so we could go home and figure out how to save our precious veggies.  (& thank you so much to Mrs. Liles for letting us catch our breath in her home after the incident!)

Serena & Claire quickly snap selfie with our hero Belvin on the phone

We quickly snap a selfie with our hero Belvin on the phone

Later that night Serena and I returned to exit 4B with our fathers to see what the best plan of action would be. After failing to tow the trailer on the rim to the nearest gas station, we resorted to calling a tow truck. We sat off to the side of the freeway as we watched our trailer be hoisted up on to a tow truck at 10:00pm. Huge thanks to Andre who made sure to stay calm even though there were two anxious girls watching his every move!

Claire and Serena excited the tailer is finally lifted off the freeway and onto the tow truck!

Claire and Serena excited the tailer is finally lifted off the freeway and onto the tow truck!

We love Andre the tow man!

We love Andre the tow man!

The trailer was dropped off at our local repair shop where we had an overwhelmingly positive experience with Freeman, who was more than willing to help us replace the tire (and tolerated 3 separate trips to the trailer supply store to get the correct wheel).

We were so bummed to miss our trip to Bennett Elementary, but also VERY thankful we have such amazing family and friends to help in times of distress! Serena and I are glad that we got out of this sticky situation safely and efficiently. We are also very glad to report Garden On The Go is back on the road!

❀Peace, Love & Veggies❀

Claire

 

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