RV Road Trip Disasters plus Romance Book Giveaway!

Summer is winding down and vacations are coming to an end.  Travelers have recorded the good, the bad, and the ugly in their vacation journals for posterity’s sake.  What may have been a road trip disaster in July or August is beginning to make the corners of your mouth turn up.  Your hard-to-believe story is slowly evolving into a knee-slapper, complete with embellishments and hand gestures at precise moments for best effect.  Yes, it may have brought tears to your eyes when you lived through your own personal road
trip hell, but by this time next year, you’ll have another kind of tears in your eyes when you retell your story to friends and co-workers—tears of laughter.

Make Pie from Road Apples

Sometimes, that’s the only way to handle those out of control moments on the road that leave us frazzled and shaking our heads.  Did you wind up in Hawaii but your luggage went to Alaska? My next door neighbor had to borrow clothes from the Lost and Found on the cruise ship in order to survive lost luggage. Did you fall asleep on the flyaway bus to the airport and almost miss your flight? My son-in-law did that just the other night. Did you take hundreds of pictures on your European dream vacation only to accidentally delete them all? A friend at church told me that tragic tale. Did you have non-stop rain on the cruise you’ve waited your whole life to take? Yeah, those bargain cruise trips to the Caribbean during hurricane season can get tricky. Did your leisurely, well-planned vacation turn into a story better suited for a National Lampoon movie? Thank heavens I don’t know anyone who has had to strap Grandma on the roof of the car.

I want to hear all about that fiasco called your vacation. What was your road trip disaster this year?  What was the worst thing to ever happen to you on vacation?

Keep it clean and upbeat, please, and don’t make it sound like one of those scam e-mails about being mugged in London or Rome, where you hack people’s accounts and try to get poor unsuspecting fools to send you money.  Okay?

Book Giveaway!

As a reward for leaving a comment on this blog, I’ve got some great new romance books to giveaway.  Some are even signed by the author! Here’s the list:

Contemporary Romance:
Then He Kissed Me by Christie Ridgway (Berkley Sensation);

The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde (Avon).

Paranormal Romance:  Alaskan Wolf by Linda O. Johnston (Harlequin Nocturne)

Historical Romance:  Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter (Jove Historical)

Romantic Suspense:  Mountain Ranger Recon by Carol Ericson (Harlequin Intrigue)
And Speaking of Road Trip Disasters…

If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll check out my book, One for the Road, where you’ll read all about D’Anne Palmer’s personal road trip disaster involving a certain has-been country singer, four rowdy musicians, a dog, a string of honky tonks and bars, and a forty-foot deluxe RV.  If you’re looking for an over-forty romance, this book might just be for you.  For an excerpt go here.

On the biggest detour of her life, D’Anne Palmer learns there’s no place like home…and home is where the heart is.

Now, let’s hear those vacation disaster stories!  This blog will be up all week.  I’ll randomly choose names from a hat and announce the winner next Monday, on Labor Day!

Until then, make it a great week!


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14 Responses to RV Road Trip Disasters plus Romance Book Giveaway!

  1. Calisa Rhose says:

    Those are horrible stories Lynne. I can’t say mine beats them but- our adventure began with a one week trip to Oklahoma from California. The trip went well, was fun the whole time. Then the radiator burst. A friend of a friend replaced it relatively free. We left for home at midnight on the fourth of July, hit rain in Texas. The alternator went out and we made it to Albuquerque, NM by unplugging it for a while, plugging it back in every 15-30 minutes- in the pouring rain, all night. Got the part in NM and headed out again. At around 1 pm on the 5th I took over driving and within five miles the motor threw a rod. There we were smack dab between two cities 50 miles apart. We were 24 miles past one and 26 miles before the next. In the desert with three daughters (older teen and preteens), five small dogs and a broken down mini van. Hubby and oldest daughter caught a ride to one town while I stayed behind with ‘the brood’, car rentals were closed in observance of the 4th still. A highway patrol stopped at the car, gave me her number if they didn’t get help for us. They got a ride back to the van and I told hubby about the NMHP. Called and the next officer on duty came out about two hours later (they only had one patrol for that 50 mile radius). Hubby and daughter left again. He got a call and drove 100+ mph to get them to the other town so he could respond to the call. Two hours later hubby and daughter return with a rental van. We unpack ours into that one, go on into the next town, a motel for the night- still with five chihuahuas. Next morning acquire a moving van because his aunt rents them in California and we become a transport driver for her business. Throw our stuff in back, return the rental and hit the road again at last. Two days and a death in the family later we get home. It could have been considered the worst days of our life, but miraculously, our entire family had a blast. To this day we call it ‘Our Grand Family Adventure.’

    And I still want One For The Road!

    • Oh, no, Calisa! That story does sound ready-made for National Lampoon, complete with a death in the family. Poor you, poor everyone, and poor dogs. It’s amazing how bad luck can come in waves, and, man, that road trip met your lifetime quota! Makes my examples seem like walks in the park.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, reading, and commenting. your names in the hat for one of the books!


      • Calisa Rhose says:

        It was a disaster. But we had fun. And we made it home for hubby’s grandmother’s funeral so that made it better. Not that she’d passed! But that we made it in time. Thanks for the fun, Lynne.

        • I’m glad you made it to the funeral in time. Crazy memories, eh?
          OK, your first choice book is in the mailing envelope and ready to roll after the holiday tomorrow.
          See you next time!

  2. Nas says:

    Hi Lynne,

    Our road trip was when on a recent tour of India we hired a car and went from one place to the next. At times it was more than ten hours on the road to next proper town. And guess what, there were no proper food outlets, or other amenities. At times it was hilarious but sometimes really tough. But the problem was us, as we didn’t want to use the roadside food stalls and amenities. And then while on a mountainous road we were stuck at a landslide. Add in language barrier! Even with our own driver.

    Well, now we think of it all as what an experience! But at the time…

    • Wow, Nas, I cannot imagine having to go that long between breaks. I’m glad you survived, and that you can look back with amazement. We did what? How did we do that?

      When you add in all the bad stuff that could have happened, thank goodness things didn’t get out of hand. Right?

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Caroline Clemmons says:

    Nothing as exotic as Nas, but we’ve had our share of disasters. One memorable one occurred on the way home from California, in the desert, when our car’s water pump went out. We were, of course, hostage to the car dealership where we stopped. If we’d had the tools and a pump, my husband could have changed out the water pump, but we didn’t. Our daughters were young, 6 and 4, and both get heat sick easily. The dealer had to “send” for the replacement pump, and we were destined to wait for hours. The children and I walked to a nearby Goodwill store and looked at the books. When we’d hung out until the clerk gave us the fish-eye, we made purchses and went back to the car dealership to read until our car was repaired. Not as serious as others, but seemed a big deal at the time.

    • Hi Caroline – It is scary to have your water pump go out in the desert. What if you hadn’t been near anything. And having young children to entertain while waiting for a car part is a huge challenge. It must have felt like the neverending day.

      I’m glad nothing too horrible occured, beyond severe inconvenience.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading the blog.

  4. Mina Gerhart says:

    Wow, those are some pretty disasterous vacations.
    Mom & I try to make light of the “mishaps” on our vacations. The worst disaster we had was a cruise to the bahamas with my cousin Jake, his wife , my Mother and I. We cruised out of New York and unknown to us my cousin Jake & I had luggage stolen when we had the porters take our bags to the ship. Jake and I lost lap top computers, a camera, dentures and my BRAND NEW Snorkel gear. After the anger settled all I could do is laugh about the people the New York Port Authority hire as porters.

    Mindy 🙂

    • Hi Mindy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. Wow, you had your share of problems on that vacation. Nothing worse than losing luggage, have a good idea to took it, and still not be able to get it back. I’m glad you survived that vacation, and that’s the right attitude. Sometimes all you can do is laugh about it.

      Nice to see you here. 🙂

  5. robena grant says:

    A funny one I remember was driving from California to North Carolina many years ago. I had picked up my sister, her hubby, and their twelve year old daughter in Los Angeles. We got pulled over for speeding in Tennessee. I was driving and cringing and thinking, “First ticket, ever.” Then my Aussie B-I-Law got out of the car with his humongous movie camera (remember how large those things were?) and he said, with his best ever accent, “Can I get you on movie, mate? I’m from Australia. I’ve never seen an American police officer. Hey, great bike.” And probably a million other weird guy comments.
    Anyway, it worked.
    The cop ended up letting me go with a warning, after he posed with the bike of course. : )

  6. LOL, Robena. Now that’s great thinking. And traffic tickets are definitely a draw back on road trip vacations!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Hiya, Lynne!

    Thankfully I have no disastrous vacation stories to share, but wanted to say “hi” anyway 🙂

    Author of humorous, feel-good romance

  8. Hi Monique!
    So good to “see” you here. I hope you enjoyed the blog, and I’m thrilled you’ve managed to be unscathed on when it comes to disastrous vacation advantures!

    thanks for popping by. 🙂