Monday, November 21
Poverty Flats, Overton, Nevada
Last week I made an appointment at Carl’s Repair Center in Overton, for the Perfect Tow Vehicle (a 2005 Chevy Express 1500 van) to have a physical. Carl’s was recommended to me by Charlie (owner of German shepherd Sadie) back when we camped at Cedar Pocket.
Today Reggie and I drive into town for that appointment.
Walking to the office, I check out the vehicles in the bays and in the parking lot. Lots of vehicles and almost all of them the vehicles of locals. A good sign.
I explain to the woman at the shop’s desk that I specifically would like hoses, belts, and seals to be checked when looking for the cause of a small leak of oil I’ve noticed on the ground under the engine.
The road from Poverty Flats to Overton with edge of mesa in foreground
I turn over the keys, ask the woman to keep my purse under her desk, and Reggie and I set off for a long walk. We may have a long wait and I don’t want to deal with an overabundance of energy from the Reginator while sitting in the tiny waiting room.
The infamous silica plant that kept us awake all night recently
Upon our return I notice the PTV is parked outside.
Inside the woman reports “I have good news and I have bad news.” She tells me the leak is the result of a loose cap at the fuel filter which, of course, was tightened. That’s the good news.
The bad news?
“You do need new brakes.”
Neighbors at Poverty Flats and early morning clouds after a night of thunderstorm
Here’s the estimate . . .
Front disc brake pads: $44.13 . . . Rear disc brake pads: $44.13
Remove and replace front disc pads and turn rotors: $115.00
Remove and replace rear disc pads and turn rotors: $115.00
Subtotal: $318.26 . . . Tax: $7.19 . . . TOTAL: $325.45
Rapidly changing clouds
Is that a collective gasp of horror I hear?
Okay. Here’s the deal. I don’t know if I’ve been given a fair estimate or not. To tell the truth, I don’t care if it is or if it isn’t. For those of you who can do your own brake work, it may seem like too much. For those of you who know of a place where it can be done for less, keep in mind that I’m here, not there, and I want this task finished and behind me.
Layered landscape topped with clouds
The woman tells me the parts will be in for the work to be done tomorrow morning. Reg and I will be there, first thing!
Little clouds rise to join the big clouds
On the way out of Overton, we stop at Lin’s grocery.
I reach for my purse and . . . “Oh, I left it at the repair shop!” Fortunately it isn’t far.
I buy our main meal of the day (Remember I have no refrigeration these days): a small container of hot macaroni and cheese, along with chicken tenders to share with Reg. I also decide to try Twinings of London “Irish Tea” (100% pure black tea) and purchase a box.
The PTV carries us home to the top of the mesa.
After our meal I fix the tea and that’s what I’m drinking as I type this. (Reggie is fast asleep in his bed beside me.)
Mmm . . . I like this tea. It’s good and strong!
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