We were headed toward Tampa Friday from St. Augustine when Nancy, the driver, noticed that the van brakes weren’t working as she approached an intersection on FL-40 just east of Barberville. The trailer brakes helped save us from disaster, so then we pulled into a vacant lot and called a tow truck. Later that afternoon, the service rep at the Ford Dealer in Deland told us a part (the vacuum pump) wouldn’t be in until Monday. That killed our plans for the weekend (specifically the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival) and delayed our return to Miami by one day. Again, if you were looking forward to seeing Nancy’s work or just wanted to talk nature and/or photography that weekend, we are sorry.
Since this is the second festival missed in so many months1st time (and the second ever), Nancy is beginning to wonder if it’s time to trade in the van. It’s a 2004 model with almost 158 thousand miles but has a diesel engine. This will take some more thought. Stay tuned.