For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Oct 1, 2012

No Luck!

While Nancy was finishing last minute details, Susie came over to walk me. We went to my favorite place. You know the one...the nature center with all the good smells. There's even deer and fox to smell not to mention all the squirrels and other smells. I don't try to chase any of them. I'd be afraid I'd catch one. Nancy fixed the blinds while we were gone--good old duct tape. The cords aren't broken. Nancy had waited until 8:30 to go up to the hardware store to buy square wrenches. The salesperson sold her a screwdriver that they would fit in, but they didn't fit. The girl made a mistake. In a way it was a good thing that she went or we might have been hooked up before...

When Nancy was backing the truck up to hitch, she lost all power. No steering and no breaks. Yikes! What, now! Ok, if you say so. She managed to stop it somehow before it hit the trailer. Completely baffled, she got out of the truck, walked around it there it was--a big long belt attached to the truck was lying in the driveway. Nancy said, well I won't tell you what she said, first, but she told me it was the drive train belt. ::rolling eyes::. Anyway, I told her that it was better that it happened here in the driveway and not on the highway. She agreed, but she was NOT happy.

I thought about it for a minute and suggested that she call AAA and the dealer. Both of them thought she was right that it was the drive train belt. I asked her how she knew that and she laughed and said she didn't know.

AAA was here in no time with a big long flat bed truck. A very nice gentleman took the hitch off for Nancy otherwise it was going to hit bottom while being pulled up onto the truck. When he asked her for the key, her mind went blank for a second. The man looked at her key chain and said, "I bet that's it." Whew, it was. Nancy's never taken the hitch off.

The truck didn't have a back seat like the last one we had so I couldn't go to the dealer. The man at the dealer said he didn't know how long it would take. That was at 10 a.m. Nancy got home at 4:45p. Good thing it was Saturday. Susie came over and got me and took me to Ron's to watch a football game.
Fortunately, the dealer had all the parts that were needed. It took so long because something broke during repair. the service rep said he didn't charge her for it. The waiting room was ice cold and Nancy said she forgot a sweater. So, stiff as a board and $700+ dollars later, she arrived home disappointed and tired. At least she had her Kindle with her and finished her book and played on her iPhone.

When Nancy was making the plans, fortunately she built an extra day in, but it didn't dawn on her until I explained it to her. She still had two days to get to Land Between the Lakes because her reservation isn't until Monday, the 1st. She gets confused easily--especially with times and dates. I'm glad I can keep track of things for her.

So, now, the trailer is backed up and the hitch is right over the ball so all she has to do tomorrow morning is hitch. Guess things work out for the best, but we really were excited about seeing our friends tomorrow. So it will be one more day. That's okay--as long as we see them.

1 comment:

  1. Oh boy Jack that was some exciting day. Poor Nancy. You just never know when things are going to up and break and then there is a big bill. Glad everything is taken care of and you'll be on your way tomorrow. Safe journey!!


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