Bushnell, FL - Events of Sunday, March 27 to Wednesday, March 30, 2016
We started out Easter morning with a celebratory church service at Live Oaks Community Church in Wildwood where we usually attend when we're in Florida for the winter. It's a small, but fast-growing church with about 200 in attendance at each of two services on Sunday mornings in winter.
After relaxing for a while after church, we headed out to lupper with a group of friends - our old friends, Pat and Mike, and our new friends, Debbie and Frank. Also joining us were Dave and Janice. We had lupper with Dave and Janice a few weeks ago when they were passing through the area and stopped in nearby Wildwood to have their motor home serviced. They needed to have a part ordered, so they stopped again on their way back. Unfortunately, the dealer forgot to order the part, so Dave and Janice had to stay in Wildwood for several additional days waiting for the part to come in, and they were here over Easter.
We usually go to Cracker Barrel for holiday meals, but last Easter, we went to Texas Roadhouse in Wesley Chapel. This year, there is a Texas Roadhouse that just opened a couple of weeks ago in The Villages. Everyone seemed to enjoy having steaks for a change-of-pace Easter dinner last year, so we headed to the new Texas Roadhouse this year.
We picked up Pat and Mike and headed to The Villages where we were scheduled to meet Debbie, Frank, Dave and Janice at 2:30. Unfortunately, we had a mishap on the way. We were about 10 minutes from the restaurant, and Paul was just starting to make a left turn. Suddenly, a car shot out from behind us, crossed a double yellow line, passed us on the left going through the intersection on the wrong side of the road and clipped the left corner of our front bumper. The road had narrowed from four lanes to two, and apparently, the other driver wasn't paying attention and thought the road was still four lanes.
The other driver pulled off in a safe area up the road a few hundred feet, and we followed suit. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but one of the three kids the other driver had in the car with her was pretty shaken up and was crying.
We surveyed the damage to the truck and found it is limited entirely to the bumper. There was no damage whatsoever to the sheet metal, lights or anything else. The other vehicle, which was a compact car, had a badly damaged right rear quarter panel, but it was still driveable.
Shortly after we pulled over, the driver of a vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction pulled in behind us. He had witnessed the accident, and it also turned out he was an off-duty police officer. Even though he was from a different municipality, he knew what needed to be done and took charge of the situation. He called the local police, and when the other driver mentioned her son's neck hurt, he also called paramedics as a precaution. It turned out her son was okay, but we ended up with two police cars, an EMT truck, an ambulance and a fire truck (they always roll a fire truck when they send an ambulance just in case).
With having to wait for police and an ambulance, we were obviously going to be late meeting our friends at the restaurant, so we gave them a call to let them know. We finally made it to the restaurant about half an hour late.
The restaurant won't seat guests until the entire party arrives, so we unfortunately lost our place in line. However, in spite of the fact we needed a table for 8, we only had to wait about 30 minutes.
Paul wasn't in a very festive mood, but everyone else seemed to have a good time and enjoyed their meals.
We notified our insurance company of the accident as soon as we got back to the 5th wheel on Sunday. A representative from our company called us back on Monday and filed a claim on our behalf with the other driver's insurance. The other insurance company called us on Tuesday afternoon, and we opted to go out to get an estimate on our own rather than wait for their adjuster to come to us. We did that to try to save time because Paul would like to get the truck repaired before we leave Florida if at all possible. Paul headed to a body shop for the quote on Wednesday morning, but getting the repairs done before we leave Florida will be a challenge because we are scheduled to leave in less than two weeks, and the quote still has to be approved by the other driver's insurance company.
We still have some sightseeing we would like to do, but with the truck repair in limbo and with a couple of other things that need to be done before we leave Florida, we don't know if we'll get to them or not. If not, there's always next year.