An up-down-up day!

“Okay, Roger, settle down.”

I shut the door of the Perfect Tow Vehicle and go around to my side and slide behind the wheel.  Reggie lies down in the doggie bed next to me.  Roger wiggles and whines excitedly from his place on the passenger seat.

“Don’t worry, Rog.  You’ll go to the park.  First I have some things I want to get done in town.”

The Best Little Trailer on Sand Mine Road Mesa, Overton, Nevada

I fire up the Perfect Tow Vehicle and we rumble across the mesa.  

Over Sand Mine Road to Route 169, past the RVs at Poverty Flats, through the badlands, past the wildlife refuge (aka “the killing fields”), the silica plant, and into Overton.

Another beautiful day in the desert.

Our first stop is the hardware store.

“Wait here.  I’ll be right back!”

Years ago I attempted to have duplicates made of the keys for the Best Little Trailer. That effort was unsuccessful because the key guy couldn’t find blanks that matched.

All these years I’ve only had one key each, one for the door, one for the hitch lock, and one for the outside compartments — battery, shower, electric cord, fresh water tank.

(I think the Casita factory supplied a second set but darned if I know where I put it.)

I never got around to trying again for duplicates until now.

Happily I return to the crew having accomplished my first objective!

“Okay, now we go to the library.  Stop it, Roger.  No amount of whining is going to change my plans.”

Gee . . . He did his business before we left camp . . . .

The library is a short distance up the street.  

I pull into the lot and make a sharp turn into a parking space.

What was that?  That felt funny . . . . hmm . . .

Oh, well . . .

Roger is going crazy, hopping around, yipping to be let out.  Reggie joins in, of course.

“Okay, okay!  Sheesh.”

I open up the passenger door and clip the boys onto the tether.

“You’re a bossy little guy, Rog.  You know that?”

I set the two squirmy-squirms onto the pavement and away they go, pulling me behind them.  The crew is familiar with the dirt road behind the library.  We’ve walked it before.

When we return to the parking lot . . .

“OH, NO! A flat tire!”

I pop the crew into the PTV and examine the right front tire.  It is Flat, Flat, Flat with a capital F.

The rim is down to the pavement.  

A slice on the sidewall.

Well, this situation can wait. It’s not like the PTV is going anywhere.  Heh.  First I’m going to get what I came here for.

Inside the library I find two of what I want.

I easily locate the third and fourth books in the four-volume Berrybender series by Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove author).  I’ve already read the first in the series and I’m hooked!

I ask the young librarian if she can find the second book.

“Have you looked in the large print section?” she asks, examining her computer monitor.  “It says we have it here in large print.”

I happily return to the PTV, having accomplished my second objective!

“Okay, time to deal with this dang tire.”

I retrieve a can of Fix-A-Flat from the back of the PTV.  I also take my emergency air compressor out of its zipper bag.  Both I set before the pathetic tire.

I connect the Fix-a-Flat to the valve stem.  Hoping it will seal the slice and save the day, I watch the white foam go through the transparent tube to the tire’s valve stem.

The tire inflates slightly!

Whew!  That’s good.  It can hold more air.

Next I plug in the air compressor to the “cigarette lighter” type receptacle in the PTV, start up the engine, and commence inflating the tire.  I take it up to 30 psi and stop, not wanting to push my luck (or good fortune, if you wish).

Speaking of good fortune . . .

Cal’s Repair Shop is less than a quarter mile further up the street!

Gingerly the PTV makes her way out of the library lot and over to Cal’s.  In a few minutes the repair guy confirms the slice is the source of the flat and the tire must be replaced.

He proceeds to measure the tread on all four tires.  I don’t need to hear the measures (3/32 inch and less!) to know that they are Bald, Bald, Bald with a capital B!

Next he removes the spare from underneath the PTV.  

(NOTE:  This is why I have Fix-a-Flat and an air compressor.  I do not have the upper body strength to get that spare tire out from under there, let alone heft it onto the rim.  Not that I would do it if I could!)

While the spare is put on, little furry heads peek out the window from time to time, keeping an eye on me.

I have the shop order four new tires for the PTV, the same kind she’s been wearing — Toyo Open Country All Terrain.  The price is good. (More about that in the next post.)

The PTV is scheduled to return tomorrow.

I back the PTV out of the parking lot, happy at having accomplished a third, albeit unexpected, objective!

On the way home . . . 

Just past Poverty Flats, before the turn for Sand Mine Road Mesa, we encounter vehicles parked on both sides of the road.  I pull over, bring the window down, and commence picture-taking . . .

Bighorn sheep!

Not surprisingly, Roger and Reggie bark.

This causes the sheep to pause from their objective which is to climb up the slope and over the crest of the hill.  Instead of disappearing, the sheep hold still, warily looking back at all the people pointing cameras at them.

And then slowly they move away.

The crew and I continue on our way home.

What an up-down-up day!  

Finally got those keys made, happy pups go for a walk, find a tire flat on the PTV, get the books I want, we make it to the shop, tire is ruined, order new tires for tomorrow — Yay! new tires! — and then, on the way home, sheep!  

Sheep in the middle of the day!  A few minutes earlier or later and we would’ve missed them.  

Ha!  Ol’ Rog never did get to go to the park.  Instead he had a walk with Reg behind the library and around the repair shop.


In a way he met his objective, too.

rvsue

THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BLOG!

A can of Fix-a-Flat has saved the day for me more than once.  I always carry a can or two in the PTV.

Fix-A-Flat S60420 Aerosol Tire Inflator, 16 oz.

After publishing this post, a blogorino wrote a recommendation in the comments section for this tire sealant:

Slime 10009 Tubeless Tire Sealant – 32 oz.

An air compressor is essential.  My compressor does tend to get hot so I give it a rest between tires.  I like that it has a gauge so I can see the psi while it is adding air to the tire. Other compressors may be a better deal.  I don’t know.  All I know is this one works well for me.

VIAIR 85P Portable Air Compressor

A 12-volt extension cord is a handy item.  I don’t need it in order for the compressor to reach each of the PTV’s tires, but it is necessary for adding air to the BLT’s tires when hitched.  You may find other uses for it, too.

Cigarette Lighter Extension Cord Cable

“Never mind. Nothing to be alarmed about.  It’s just RVSue’s crazy chihuahuas.”

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97 Responses to An up-down-up day!

    • That post and photos has told us of what a day you had just to get reading material, Big Horns, hmmm, on the move this early, 🤔,,, My 1st set of trains are on the way, Lionels Gold Rush Special Set, 1987, a 060 Steam Engine, a short Gondola and a wooded Combine Caboose with Track and a Controler, all in “G” scale, 122.5. The layout or Garden Railroad that I’m planning will be 18 ft x 23.5 ft , thinking on the early 20s with 4 large water falls to a 4×6 pond with 5 bridges over the river and the mainline will be winding around and through tall mountains with a 3.5% Grade at one end of the pond, broke Dirt today, Workin’ on The KSC Short Line ,,, have a great week and give the Boys a huge hug from us,,, 🏞🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃 👣👣🐾

      • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

        Rusty, That sounds like a great model railroad! Have fun building then operating it. Sometimes I miss our former model railroads.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Good plan on the railroad Rusty. My uncle had several Lionel trains sets on various tracks, going different directions on a set up he built in his very large basement. When I was a kid, I used to love to watch them whenever we would go to his house, which was quite often since they lived close by. To this day I love watching the trains. There are tracks down the hill from where we live and we can wave to the engineers when they go by. I find their rumbling down the track makes it seems like all is well in the world. Enjoy!

        • LINDA and Barbara, the Lionel set is large scale, a inch and 3/4s or 45mm between the 8th inch rails with the Ties being 3/8 wide and 3 inches long. The Steam Engine is 3 1/2 in wide, 5 1/2 in tall and 8in long. Your Uncle’s Trains were either 0 gadge or o27 , 3 rail track, usually on the Large scale or “G” scale a 6 ft man is as tall as a business card standing on it’s end or 3 1/4 inchs tall, to get and idea of what I’m planning, go online, Google Garden Railroad and see videos or images of the Hobby, most are very elaborate, there is one that is Live Steam,, enjoy,,,, 🤓 🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃🐾👣

          • mostlylost says:

            Maybe you can share photos with RV Sue when you get it set up – it sounds like its going to be quite a sight when you get it all set up!

          • Mertandasiaim KY says:

            My father. (Rip) had all of them. Including the steam engine that steamed. Alot of money invested in that. He had his track build around the top of his “man cave” whistles blowing and all. My dad was an engineer on big sandy division with c&o rr, later known as csx. 50 years he worked on trains. He started out on steam engines. I am in ky too. If u look at some older copies of the kentucky explorer ,he wrote many articles in there about his RR days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS, RUSTY!

  1. milliehubbard says:

    WOW Rusty!! you are fast!

  2. Dawn in NC says:

    Third! Congrats Rusty and Millie on being first and second!

  3. Dawn in NC says:

    Wow Sue that fix a flat stuff came in really handy. I’m glad that you didn’t let it stop you from getting your books! I’ll have to put that on my Christmas list.

  4. Marvin in MO says:

    If you had to have a flat tire, sounds like you were in the right place.
    Love the sheep.

  5. milliehubbard says:

    Glad to hear you’re replacing those Bald, Bald, Bald tires. Winter is upon us and you never know when you’ll really need some good traction! Sorry Roger didn’t get his outing at the park…but you sure did accomplish a lot on a single outing! Nice pics of the sheep – a nice surprise too!

  6. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    5th! Not bad after so long. Be back to read!

  7. Calvin Rittenhouse says:

    The bighorn sheep pictures are nice. Seeing wildlife is a major reason for me to be outdoors.

    I can change a tire if I have to, but I carry Fix-A-Flat anyhow. It’s much easier to use, tells me if the flat tire is repairable, and lets me move along if I have the flat in a dangerous place.

  8. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Hi😃🐾

  9. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    Great article, indeed! I had my fingers crossed that with a sliced tire, the fix a flat foam would work and it did!

  10. Wow. What a day. Loved how you handled the flat.

    And Big Horn Sheep in the middle of the day , indeed! Beautiful.

  11. Terry says:

    Sue,
    I just ordered those 3 items for my van through your amazon site. Let me know if you see it.

  12. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    That was a nice big group of sheep. Flock of sheep I guess. I wonder how many sheep does it take to be a flock and do big horns flock?

  13. weather says:

    You may want to read the first lines in this post over, Sue,( I think a few words got left out), then delete this , whether I’m right or wrong.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks so much, weather! I fixed it. I think I know what happened. Immediately after I pushed the “publish” button, the jetpack ran out of charge and the connection was interrupted until I ran the electronics out to the PTV and plugged them in.

      • weather says:

        That makes sense, and now the sentences do, too 🙂

      • ReneeG from Idaho says:

        I noticed that too, but figured you’d figure it out. Bad connections do that, sometimes with not so good consequences. A friend of mine submitted a resume and job app online and it didn’t go through. He didn’t find out till after it was too late and he was perfect for the job!

        • Susan in south central WA says:

          That’s happened to me umpteen times in my job search, too.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            It’s a good idea to check the “Sent” folder. I don’t always remember to do that. I’ve caught failed emails that way.

  14. Teri Live Oak Fl says:

    Wow..that header picture is really something. How many miles do you think are on those tires?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m planning to include those details in the next post. 🙂

    • mrdsee in Riverside says:

      When I needed tires for my Toyota Tacoma I got a new set off of a 1 ton van that was being converted to a limo. These tires are 10 ply rated which gives xlnt flat and tire damage protection and load carrying. Their rated to handle up to 80 PSI but I run 50 for a bit smother ride. I’ve got over 50,000 miles on them and the tread depth looks near new. I’ve never had tires that wear like iron like these have.

    • Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

      I agree. What a Header picture!

  15. mrdsee in Riverside says:

    Cool Pics!!!
    I’ve found that Tire Slime works better to fix flats as it has fibers in the fluid that seals much larger holes than cans of fix a flat. You have to unscrew the valve stem(EZ Pezee) put in the slime and inflate with air compressor. I also carry a tubeless tire repair kit which is the preferred way of fixing most flats and also easy to do. While I can certainly change a tire, it’s no fun, and can be dangerous in the wrong location. Guess that’s one of the reasons I carry AAA RV/Motorcycle protection.

  16. Barbara CA says:

    Outstanding pictures! Thanks for adding a bit of your “tech” use; helpful to us who solo.

  17. Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

    So glad to hear you are reading Larry McMurty. LONESOME DOVE remains one of my very favorite books although the TV series made me cry so hard I couldn’t sleep as my sinuses were too packed!

    And also glad to hear you are getting (or have by now) new tires, especially with the “winter” weather on the way.

    Robin

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robin,

      You and millie mention winter driving and “needing traction.” I don’t expect to have to deal with icy roads or snowy conditions in southern California this winter. 🙂 Thanks for the thought anyway. 🙂

      I finished McMurtry’s Berrybender books. They are great!

      • Robin Beerbower says:

        Wet roads need good tires too, although hopefully we won’t get much rain in these SW parts. 🙂

      • Ruthie in Fontana says:

        The Lonesome Dove series were on about 12 cd’s. My husband and I took a road trip from CA to WA and back to CA. We had only one last cd to listen to, so we sat in the car in our driveway to finish. We loved them.

  18. Anna from NC says:

    Oh my! That header photo is beyond spectacular!

  19. Jean in Southaven says:

    I remember when you bought those tires. You asked us if any of us had every bought Toyo tires and what we thought about them. I told you I have bought several sets and really liked them. It doesn’t seem like it has been long enough for them to be worn out. I guess time flies when you are having fun. So glad you were in town when your tire went flat. Did you run over something in the Library parking lot?

    Poor Rog, he didn’t get to go to the park and play on the grass. Rocks and sand aren’t the same as green grass. Do they have a Carl, Jr. there? I bet a beef patty from Carl, Jr’s would make him feel better. Has Roger been introducted to Carl, Jr’s yet?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      No, I didn’t run over anything in the library parking lot. I’m pretty sure I know the exact rock that sliced the tire. On our way to town I drove to the end of another mesa next to ours (left that part out because post was so long). On the return from the end of the mesa, I spied The Rock Emerging From The Depths of Hell. I swerved and thought I had missed it. I bet the right front grazed against that rock and sliced the tire, not enough to cause a leak. That sharp turn into a parking space opened it up. That’s my theory.

      McDonald’s is the only fast food in Overton. Roger felt fine so a beef patty wasn’t needed. 🙂 The wonderful thing about dogs — They live in the moment. He was satisfied with the walks he got.

  20. Marilyn Dennison says:

    I hope you tried all the keys to confirm they work. We are always making keys for the association and often one won’t work.

    Roger keeps you on your toes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      Well, I ran outside and tried the keys. Two don’t work — the hitch lock and the compartment key. Errgghh! It probably will be another 6 years before I get another set!

      • Marilyn Dennison says:

        Bad odds, one out of three. The main one to the BLT is the most important I guess. That is as long as you don’t lose either of the other two loners. Oh well, at least you know not to rely on those two.

  21. Wow, that was an up and down day. Glad the tire held the air, sometimes with a slice they won’t. Big horn sheep are something I so want to see.

  22. Love that header!! New tires will feel so good – nice the flat didn’t catch you in a remote area. That is more sheep than I’ve seen anywhere. What a treat to see them at the end of a successful trip to town. Hope you enjoyed the books too!

  23. Helen says:

    I love that header. It seems that Roger keeps you hopping and it little Reggie is always satisfied. Between the two there is a happy medium. Happy Trails!

  24. Kitt NW Wa says:

    Hi Sue,
    We attempted to have keys made and not only did they not work, the original key was altered some in the process making it hard to use! We ordered some from the same company that made the locks. Here is the address: fastecindustrial.com. While we were ordering we ordered extra so we could hide one.
    I remember when you brought your tires in The Dalles, OR. We had just seen you at Deshutes River State Park and the rest area west of there. We bothwere escaping the storms on the Oregon coast. Good times!
    I am enjoying your adventures and, as always, your beautiful photos.
    Enjoy
    Kitt

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the name of that company, Kitt. Do they make the keys for Casitas?

      • Kitt NW Wa says:

        Yes, I believe it is the same company that Casita buys from. My husband called them to find out where to buy keys. As I recall they came quite quickly through the mail, not the easiest for you though. 🤔Maybe an RV place could make
        them more successfully?
        My best to you and your boys!
        Kitt

  25. AZ Jim says:

    Fun post Missy. I know that deep feeling of satisfaction when one has several little tasks and they all work out! The flat was a pain but I was thinking the other day about how much today’s tires are than those of 50 years ago. In those days you just had to count on one once in a while (also true of hoses and fan belts and wiper blades). Good on ya…Hi Rog and Reg…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim! Hi, Detta!

      Oh, those were the days… I remember trying to hold a hose together with electrical tape. People with broken down cars along the highway were a common sight.

    • mrdsee in Riverside says:

      Plus we’re old enough to remember retreads being a common choice!

  26. Susan in south central WA says:

    So glad you were able to slowy and safely make it to the Cal’s Repair place. I always have that in the back of my mind because my knees and back are shot. Your banner photo reminds me of the movie/book “The Martian”.

  27. Cinandjules🌵 says:

    Wow what a busy day you had! The only other task you could have squeezed in was laundry! NOT! Glad you were able to temp fix the tire…sidewall punctures always means replacement. Good to know the PTV is getting new shoes…precious cargo and where you tend to romp…I’m glad the replacement is relatively close.

    The sheep are cute!

    What? The keys don’t work? Maybe some grafite or WD40. Was gonna suggest walking over when the PTV was in the shop….then I remembered the time lapse. Oh well ya gone this long.

    Have a great day. Your up and down day is over! You always manage with whatever issue comes up! Rock on desert woman!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      The one drawback to camping at Overton is the lack of a laundry in town. Really miss that convenience, not to mention a source of material for blog posts.

  28. Hi RVSue
    What a lovely cover shot! Still makes me want to head over there sooner rather than much later as per the current plan.
    I sometimes have the thought that if I were to tell too many people about my favorite camping spots, the next time I go back, there won’t be enough room for me to enjoy the view as I would have previously.
    Have you found this to be an issue with each year that you travel and tell blogorinos about your favorite spots?
    Oh well, for me right now, my bags are packed and I fly into the sunset tomorrow.
    Enjoy the rest of your stay at overton.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      I don’t think it’s an issue. It’s hard for me to know. For instance, the Ivie Creek boondocks near Maple Grove cg, Salina, UT, were all occupied but I don’t know if any of them were there because of my blog. The issue is being recognized, specifically the PTV or the BLT or the crew. The delayed posting has helped a lot. No more feeling of being pursued. Once in a while someone recognizes our camp and hovers over a nearby trash bin or stares while walking their dog. No way to prevent that.

  29. Barbara from Camano Is. says:

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures of the sheep. The first picture just made my heart open up. Why we travel, for that unexpected glimpse into what? Freedom? Wildness? Whatever. I love it.

    Thanks for the information on emergency tire repair. I will order some before my next trip. Happy traveling.

  30. Hi Sue and crew, After introducing myself on the last post, I revisited your campsite log for 2017 and realized that I became a blogorino while you were in Blythe. I remember it because you posted some beautiful pictures of desert wildflowers. A few weeks after that we took a trip in a rented motor home and spotted some beautiful flowers in Arizona. On our next journey, I hope we spot some sheep. Loving your travels.

  31. Mary Batt says:

    Hey Sue!
    The ‘head liner’ picture on this blog today is (for me) stunning! GRREAT pic!
    And so nice to see these pix of the sheep you happened on, too!
    And…I am adding the Fix-A-Flat to my vehicle first aid kit. You inspire in so many directions!! Thanx! Always!

  32. Steve says:

    You had sheep and we had deer … quite a day. Glad to hear you were close to a tire store. You always seem to have trouble in the perfect places, with repair nearby or a strong cell signal to call for help.

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    All of the Mesa/Casita pics are fantastic. The header photo just expresses the enormity of the Mesa and all of its glorious beauty.

    The sheep must have been fairly young as their horns weren’t full yet. I just enjoy the scenery and wildlife and the adventures you share with us.
    Time to fix dinner. Have a good evening.

  34. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    Yesterday on my way from big water Utah to Death Valley thought would camp @ Virgin river rec area. Didn’t like it so moved on. Arrived in Overton when dark, pulled into wildlife refuge, all sites taken so just parked off the road. Nice short walk in am. Didn’t want to try the Mesa in the dark so worked out fine. Now in Death Valley. They opened up Texas spring cg today I was 3rd in line & bagged the best spot. Next place is Alabama hills. Will read your posts on lone pine & that area. U have taught me so much! Shopped at Lin’s this am in Overton. Glad that tire is going to be fixed. I love my toyos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie,

      Thanks for the travelogue! I love reading about readers’ travels.

      I’m curious about you not wanting to camp at Cedar Pocket. Not even for one night? What was it that you didn’t like? Maybe you arrived late in the afternoon on a busy day and found it too crowded with the good sites taken? It would be helpful for readers to know why you decided to keep going, if you don’t mind sharing, that is.

      • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

        Just a feel I guess. Maybe too early to make camp. It was crowded too. Didn’t drive up boondock road but that looked interesting. Did Titus canyon rd today in Death Valley. Very white knuckle but amazing, awesome etc. glad I had my 4Runner. Hope u go to Anza borrego. Won’t make it this trip alas.

    • J.J. in S.C. (Judy) says:

      So glad you’ll be going to Alabama Hills/Lone Pine, Julie. We were there recently; so interesting! Hundreds of old westerns, many other movies and shows filmed in those rocky hills. Now, when we see the outdoor “shoot ’em up” type scenes, we’re sure we were right there. Great camping everywhere.

      • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

        Thanks Judy. Looking forward to new country as I make my way home. Also excited to see mono lake. Any specific directions to take for optimal campsite in Alabama hills?

        • Judy says:

          There were two BLM campgrounds; pretty basic boondocking. Lots of free boondocking in the hills. This is all primitive camping in amazing scenery. Fun fact that was new to us: Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the continental United States…14,505′. We camped there at it’s base.

  35. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue!

    Wow! That header photo is impressive. Really portrays the vast beauty of the area you are camped in. Looking at that, I think I know what an ant in a thimble would feel like.

    You mentioned that Overton doesn’t supply you with much material about which to blog. That just couldn’t happen, Sue. With your talents you could write about washing the dishes, or trimming your toenails, or watching the grass grow and it would become an epic adventure. Such activity may not be the highlight of your day, but it could be a welcome respite from a stressful day of chaos for one of the blogorinos. Some of us like that mundane stuff, you know. I happen to like it when you write about your WalMart excursions and buy, yet, another rotisserie chicken. That just makes me smile. And, yes, I’m easily entertained. But I know good writing when I see it.—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      Such a complimentary comment. Thank you!

      I didn’t mean that Overton doesn’t supply me with blog material. Like you point out, there’s always lots to write about. I was talking about there not being a laundromat in Overton. Long time readers of this blog will remember I’ve found laundromats to be a source of stories in the past. 🙂

      I’ll keep in mind the “mundane stuff” is enjoyed. I appreciate the feedback.

  36. Linda in NC says:

    Hi Sue and crew- I loved the pics of the sheep. What a sight! And the lone Casita on the mesa. There is something to be said for that. It is a treat when you find your favorite books. Dawn from Asheville and I are going to meet up sometime soon in TX. We have gotten to know each other from your blog and I thank you for that.
    So after all my rv problems, I am on my first long trip. I have had several shorter ones and they were fun, but now the journey really begins. For the first time in a long time, I really feel free again. We shall see where the journey takes me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Have a wonderful journey, Linda! Looking forward to your next comment here . . . . 🙂

      • Linda in NC says:

        Thanks Sue- I am TX now and glad to be warm again. My new pup is a treat and a good traveler. She has never lived in a house, so this really is the only home she knows. She is going to be a good dog! She is-German Shepard, Bull Mastiff, Malamute, Chow and Border Collie! Quite a mix. She looks more like a Malamute/Lab with long legs. Definitely one of a kind. I do have more training to do to teach her some manners, but she seems to learn quick.

  37. weather says:

    What a beautiful face the sheep closest to the top of your fourth photo has. A look at that and the massive grandeur in the header photo leaves me in awe of creation…, again!

    You’re so well prepared to take care of potential problems, you set a good example. I admit I don’t have fix-a-flat or an air compressor at the moment. I guess because my tires are in good shape I’ve become complacent. Your story points out that bald tires aren’t the only things that make having a flat tire a strong possibility, sometimes just driving does.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      That first sheep photo — I made it my desktop photo which enlarged the faces of the sheep. You’re right — beautiful faces, expressive eyes, too!

      Fix-a-Flat is such an easy and inexpensive emergency item. I used it one time when I got a flat in the middle of a work-week. I was able to commute back and forth for a few days until the weekend when I had time to take it to the repair shop.

      Gotta’ go . . . Busy day today with an early start — getting things done! 🙂

      Enjoy your day!

  38. Terri in Tx says:

    Wow oh wow! Love this post and especially photo no. 4 with the sheep looking like a staged photo! Just excellent! Glad you were able to get through the tire ordeal with no problems. I remember breaking down in west Texas when our trailer blew a tire. We had an air compressor-just didn’t have an extension cord!😂. Fortunately “Nationwide was on our side” and got someone there in 30 minutes from one of those tiny towns.
    I love your imaginative way of putting in the amazon links! Good thinking. Keep on keeping on and may you and the crew have a safe upcoming Thanksgiving!

  39. Helen says:

    VHi Sue, These are the items I ordered today, Smarties, Hakko Solder Cleaner, MC Chemical Solder Cleaner, No Clean Solder sick, Solder Flux Pen, 9V Rechargeable Batteries. Helen

  40. bess in oregon says:

    hi Sue! on thing i noticed in your opening photo is the gleam of a shiny new wax job on your Casita! looks brand new and is so sweet out there in the big country spaces. bess

  41. Joyce sutton says:

    I have that extension cord. Ordered it thru your blog last spring. I used it then to vac the carpet but in the remodel I’ve removed that nasty carpet and now use vinyl. So much better. I keep it handy. Now need to look see if the air compressor is in the box. I bet not as my son also finds it handy. Need an xtra. I’ll add fix a flat too. No slime though as removing a valve stem beyond me.

  42. rvsueandcrew says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUSTY!!!

  43. weather says:

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday, Rusty 🙂

  44. Jo in OR says:

    Happy Birthday Rusty
    Hope you had a fabulous day.

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