Soon we were brave enough to gather around the van, pop the rear door, take out water from the cooler, and wait until Ernie contacted the rental place 17 miles away in the Panama City area. It was about ten to five, and we knew she would be leaving the office at five, but fortunately she was still there and promised to immediately send a wrecker and another vehicle to haul us home. Well, we waited. We paced. We joked around. And we waited some more.
It was six before anyone showed up, and we were tired of waiting by then. The guys hooked up the van to the wrecker, and the six of us crawled into space for five in the van sent to pick us up. We finally arrived back home to a wonderful supper of split pea soup that Bev had thoughtfully put in her crock pot in the morning before we left.
It was an experience! But it turned out to be a very nice experience. The folks of Wewahitchka were awesome! I'm sure that no less than a dozen people stopped to offer help. They would offer their phone so we could call for help, or they would offer to take someone to get another vehicle, or they would just ask if there was anything at all that they could do. Young and old, male and female, and rich and poor with big fancy vehicles or beat up pickup trucks. We watched as some folks drove past us, turned around and came back to offer assistance. So, our thanks and appreciation go to the awesome folks of Wewahitchka, Florida! Thanks, y'all!