Our Location today is La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.
Even though the alarm went off only a half hour earlier than we have been getting up lately we both would have preferred just waking up on our own. With an 8:00 PST appointment in Blythe to get the truck repaired we just couldn’t take the chance that we’d sleep in. Minutes after 7:00 AM MST we turned on the furnace to raise the 45 F (7 C) inside temperature of the trailer while we had our breakfast.
While waiting for Kathy to finish getting herself ready I called our Friend and Mechanic Jim at Windsor Gas and Diesel. We have always been able to trust Jim and always Value his Opinion. When I told him of the Diagnosed Problem with the truck and the Symptoms he agreed that we could not ignore the problem and it would be a Costly Decision if we chose not to get it fixed ASAP. Jim is an Honest Mechanic and will not steer you wrong or try to have you do unnecessary repairs.
After packing the Computers, Snacks and some Reading Material we were on our way out the door before 8:00 AM MST. Stepping outside we not only felt cool but cold and when we found the truck completely covered in Frost we knew it had to be cold. Once the truck was started the Outside Temperature Gauge on the Dash showed it to be only 1 C (34 F). Even though we adjusted the Heat Settings to clear the Windows we ourselves never felt any warmth in the truck before we reached Blythe.
Traveling this Scenic Route every few days or even a week apart you could never tire of its beauty. Taking this same route Three Days in a Row it starts to become Mundane similar to the Daily Grind we faced when we were still part of the Workforce and the daily commute just becomes a Blur.
We arrived with twenty minutes to spare at the Ford Dealership which meant most of the mechanics had not arrived yet. Being that we only met these folks this week it felt strange that they were already recognizing us by our names. We soon settled into the Customer Lounge in anticipation of a long wait.
Because we have been having such a hard time connecting to the Internet here in Quartzsite due to the Sudden Population Explosion I took advantage of the Free WiFi in the Lounge and got caught up on all my normal reading. We met Chuck who has retired from Law Enforcement in Pennsylvania but is presently working for the Arizona Correctional Services. With only three more years before he can Legally Retire with his Full Social Security Benefits he and his wife are already making plans to becoming Fulltime RVers.
After Chuck’s vehicle was ready and he’d left it was only minutes before Richard and Karen appeared to join us in the Lounge. When I saw a picture of an RV on Richard’s I-Pad that opened the door to a conversation. We all talked like we were old friends talking about each others adventures. We made plans to try to visit their location on Plomosa Road just north of Quartzsite and they will try to visit us in La Posa South. When any of us got up to stretch our legs we’d be looking out for progress on each other’s vehicles.
|Since we weren't Home, it's the Second from the Bottom Center.|
I’d noticed our truck being backed out of the Service Bay so I went to check where it was parked. When I didn’t see it in the lot I realized the Mechanic would have to Road Test it to be certain the Regeneration System was working properly. When he returned he also had to top off the Anti-Freeze because he’d worked the Air Bubbles out of the System while Road Testing it. It was nearly 1:30 PM MST when the truck was finally ready. It was Co$tly but if we had ignored the problem it could have cost us much more in the end. We were starving by then so we stopped at Jack-In-A-Box for a late Lunch.
|Looking Down at our front door and rug.|
Mike and Dee located behind us.
George and Suzie located upper right.
We didn’t get back Home until just before 3:00 PM MST. Bill and Patsy were out walking with Clemson and Bill loaned me his Data Stick of pictures he’d taken of our trailer with his Drone. After setting up the Computers I immediately downloaded the pictures. Thank You Bill it’s not every day we get a Birds Eye View of our Home.
With all the Cold and Rainy Weather we’ve been experiencing lately even though Kathy and I have been invited to join in on Happy Hour with our Canadian RV Friends we have never made it. Around 3:30 I notice everyone gathered at Georgeand Suzie’s Place so we grabbed our chairs and joined the group. Our neighbours Mike and Dee, Gerry and Melinda, Bill and Patsy, George and Suzie were being joined by Lorne and Sue Green who is organizing this year’s Blogger-Fest. Since everyone seemed to have forgotten their cameras George was the Official Photographer to document the Occasion. Just when George thought he was finished taking pictures Denis and Sandy Letendre stopped in on their return to Yuma. Sandy apologized for being Lax at keeping their blog HAPPY TRAILS up to date.
|Borrowed from Our Awesome Travels blog. Thanks George.|
Even though we had extended the invitation for others to join us Kathy and I had the Fire to ourselves. We also had the distraction of the Sky being entirely filled with Stars this evening and the North Wind that barely existed. When the sound of distant Coyotes started to increase, we thought it was time to call it a night.
|We still had to dress warm even though there was little Wind.|
What tomorrow holds in store for us we are not sure but it is all good. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It’s about time.
Words of Inspiration
Love makes everything that is heavy light.
Thomas P. Kempis, German Monk