Part 2 in our continuing series.
Mr. Burton can sum up his summer in two words…exploding tires.
Over the course of the summer Mr. Burton helped repair/replace twelve tires. Four of those tire failures provided Mr. Burton with the opportunity to become more familiar with the architecture and composition of interstate shoulders throughout the Southeastern United States. Mr. Burton traveled to Alabama with a group from Riverton United Methodist Church to do mission work in rural Alabama. A 12-hour journey to Alabama blossomed into a 24-hour endurance experience thanks to a gas tank failure, a record-setting fuel-free coasting distance, two tire blow-outs, an inoperable air-conditioner, a pitiless always-on bus heater, spontaneous serpentine belt breakage, and many more fun mechanical shenanigans.
(Editor’s Note: Luckily, Mr. Burton is as resourceful as MacGyver and was able to repair all problems with duct tape and a paper clip. Allegedly.)
In the end, the team was able to help a new found friend in Alabama by repairing a bathroom floor and building a much-needed wheelchair ramp. The trip proved to be an awesome and rewarding experience. The rest of the summer Mr. Burton found time (between visits to tire stores) to spend time relaxing with family and friends.