It seems the travel Gods aren’t even easing us into the mayhem that can often hit during travel. We’re on our last “moving” leg as we finish our trip from New Orleans to Dallas to Oklahoma to Colorado with a Uhaul trailer in tow and a dog in the back seat. We’ve spent some good time with our families and friends as we say our goodbyes before our 9 month trip.
Now to the mayhem; we noticed a loose license plate as we left Oklahoma, but I readjusted it at a truck stop and thought it would survive the trip. We were in the middle of Kansas and heard a rattling in the back which we thought might be the plate. Instead of stopping, we chose to continue and pull over later to check it. After a while, we noticed the rattling stopped – it must’ve magically fixed itself!
Turns out it didn’t fix itself. After we finally checked the plate, we’d driven at least 20 miles from when we last heard it. What do you do? Go back and look for it or acknowledge you’re screwed and move onto the next steps of trying to get a new plate from a state you just left or issue a new plate from the other state where you don’t really live?
We went for the former and went on a search mission. The snow on the side of the road made the search much harder as the plate would likely blend in. Long story short – we found a license plate but it wasn’t ours (what’s the chances of that) and added 1.5 hours to our 11 hour trip without a successful recovery of our license plate. Bummer!
Oh well, I don’t think this is the only time we’ll have an issue the next nine months. While we were looking for the plate, our visa service called to let us know India only issued as a 6 month Visa (we needed about 8 months as we’ll visit in August/Sept) so now it’s time to deal with that!