Wednesday, January 10
The photos in this post were taken at our campsite at Midland LTVA, Blythe, California, during the day of the double rainbows (See previous post).
After a morning of blogging and walking with the crew, I slap a turkey burger on the griddle along with some chopped onion and chunks of boiled, red potatoes.
After lunch Reggie, Roger and I take off for the laundromat.
Only two washer loads of laundry this time.
I want all my clothes and towels clean when we move camp tomorrow. Once I have the washers chugging away, I return to the crew in the Perfect Tow Vehicle and we motor over to the drinking water vending machine.
That task completed, I turn the key to start the PTV.
Sonuva gun. What was that? The starter? I thought I replaced that not long ago . . . .
I try again and the engine turns over with no graannkkking. A couple blocks up the street is Juan’s Auto Repair Shop. We go straight there.
I leave the engine running.
“Oh, Juan just left for lunch. He’ll be back in about an hour.”
We return to the laundromat.
I keep the engine running while I move the wet laundry to the dryers. I give the boys their obligatory walk-about, I remove the dry clothes, and we roll back to Juan’s Auto Repair Shop.
He’s not back yet. I leave the engine running. We wait and we wait and we wait. It’s mid-afternoon and the sun is hot. Roger whines. Reggie wears his Most Very Saddest Face Of All.
I make a mistake.
I say, “Oh, I’m sorry, guys. I know this is when you usually see Skeeter.”
At the sound of “Skeeter,” Roger whips his head around and bugs out his eyes about six inches from mine.
I walk over to Cosme’s Propane next door and ask the woman if she would be so kind as to call Juan (Juan rents the auto bays from Cosme’s.). She places the call and reports that Juan is at the bank and will arrive in ten minutes.
Turns out the problem IS the starter.
Well, actually the bendix and the gear slipping (fly wheel). . .
I whine about having replaced the starter about a year ago.
“If you didn’t have it done at a dealer, it probably was a reman.” (Reman means rebuilt.)
He continues, “Sometimes they only last six months.”
Change of plans!
The Perfect Tow Vehicle needs attention before we hit the road for a new camp. I’m thankful the starter started complaining while we’re here in Blythe.
As for Reg and Rog, they don’t mind the delay!
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NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION: As soon as we arrive home, I set the boys on the ground and they run like the wind to play with Skeeter and the rest of their friends. “All’s well that ends well.”
Also, see comments for information about changes affecting boondockers in Arizona and the entrance fees to national parks. — Sue
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