Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Canoecopia THE TRIP HOME

Well folks, sorry for the lack of updates recently but things have been pretty busy for us here at Impex the last several weeks. Here is a brief report of what we have been up to for the last few weeks.

After a great show at Canoecopia in Madison Wisconsin we woke up early the Monday following the last day of the event and we were pretty excited to be heading south back to Asheville and warmer temperatures. The only problem was the Ford F350 truck that we were driving decided that it had not had enough of the frigid temperatures of Wisconsin and decided that it would quit running around Beloit Wisconsin. Trying to remain optimistic we called a tow truck hoping that it would be something simple and we would be back on the road in a few hours. Well no dice! After two tow truck rides and 2 different mechanics who were unfortunately unable to find the problem, our truck finally made it to a Ford dealer around 5:30pm Monday evening. We spent the next 2 days sitting in a hotel waiting for the call that our truck was ready to go. After a tense couple of days dealing with customer service representatives on the phone we finally received the unfortunate news that the dealer needed to take the rack system and entire cab off of the truck in order to fix the problem and this was going to take at least another week!

Not wanting to spend another week out of the office, we were forced to rent a uhaul and drive that the 12 hours back to Asheville. Oh well, at least the Walrus in the giant picture on the side of the uhaul was smiling about the situation.

The real unfortunate part of the whole situation was the fact that once the truck was finally ready we had to fly into Chicago, get a rental car, drive to Beloit to pick up the truck and then drive straight back to Asheville to pick up a 46ft trailer and leave the next day to head to New England for the next two weeks for dealer visits and for the Jersey Paddler and Kittery paddle sports shows.

Check back tomorrow for another update on the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival.

Joe Mosquera
Team Impex

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