the clinic wrapped up and those of us that volunteered to help with the clinic stayed to clean up and help david load all his gear.
billy's pen had been taken over by a herd of roping steers and there was a full on roping going on in the outdoor arena... so billy had to stand tied in the indoor arena while we worked around him. he didn't seem to mind, unless i managed to stay out of his sight or hearing too long. but it was a great experience for him. he calmed down very nicely and stood patiently.
just before we volunteers said good bye we got to see the famous 13 do a few of his moves. ones that wouldn't stress him too much in his stall. he is a sweet boy and clearly missed showing off during the demonstration.
heather and i said our goodbyes, went out and tied billy to the trailer while we finished loading all our stuff and tying everything down. heather filled billy's hay net and i took it to soak it for the trip home. it was 7 pm by this time... we had started our sunday at 8 am!! i pretty much had billy online from 9 am until 7 pm with a half an hour lunch break in there somewhere. it was a long day!
billy loaded into the trailer with just a little coaxing which surprised me as the trip on friday afternoon was long and hot and tiring. he must have been ready to go home! i know i was!
heather and i set out, after changing into some comfy travel clothes. we stopped at a gas station to check the air pressure in all the trailer tires and off we went!
at about 7:45 i heard a POP and saw some of my trailer tire flying off down the interstate behind us... we had a flat.
i limped the truck and trailer to the side of the road, we hopped out to take a look and decided to continue limping along until we could pull all the way off the interstate. i wasn't interested in changing that tire so close to semi trucks barreling along at 70 miles per hour.
[caption id="attachment_420" align="aligncenter" width="640"] even in the semi darkness, covered in mosquitoes, sweating and wearing axle grease, heather and i can look sexy. keepin it real![/caption]
after some sweating and grumbling and then lots of laughing and giggling, heather and i had the hub cap off the trailer tire, backed the trailer up onto the ramp and had the spare tire ON! whoot whoot! we totally rocked that flat tire!!!
billy and i pulled into our driveway at 1 am. thank goodness it was nearly a full moon. billy backed calmly off the trailer after a harrowing ride that lasted 5 and a half hours... and shouldn't have been longer than 3.
wow. what a trip!!! exciting right up to the very end. we totally know how to ROCK a weekend!