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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.

Aug 29, 2016

I Should Have Stayed in Bed

I woke at 6:45 a.m., and decided I could stay in bed for another 15 minutes. I'm not a morning person. Open my eyes to a noise on the phone. It's 10 a.m. Checkout at 11:00. Rush, Rush, Rush. Phew, out in time.

Decided that I'd go up to I40 for a spell. It's too hot to get out on the back roads to see anything, and it's very hard to find RV parks or state parks as they are not marked on the side roads. It was a stroke of good luck. I was close so it was only a few moments when I realized that my air (you know, the air conditioner I spent $1250 to fix last week) wasn't working. I saw a sign that said Conley--I know that it is a fairly good size town. I saw car dealerships on a road running parallel to I40. One was a Dodge. I took the next exit and pulled in. They would look at it, but I had to leave the trailer somewhere. There was an isolated road in back of the dealership about a mile away. That was my only option. So, I drove there, unhitched and left it wondering if I'd ever see it, again.

They diagnosed the problem (sounds like the last guy mixed the wires up and it was shorting out) and said it would take about three hours. It was less than that; I don't know how much. Anyway, $430+ later I'm on my way. Should I drive or should I try to go back to the KOA which I didn't like except that it had a pool? I decided I was too tired and hot to do anything so I called and they had a spot. I haven't eaten a thing all day. On the way back to the campground I see a Wendy's sign. I'll go there, hoping I can find a place big enough to park the truck and trailer so I can run in. I did. Pulling out, there was a little pipe in the ground for apparently no reason, and I found it. I got out and looked. The pipe wasn't damaged, but there is some minor damage to the the trailer. I had the Jayco for eight years and never got a scratch. I swear. This is the trailer from hell. I've been wanting something to take a picture of:

Well after posting this picture, I got some VERY sad news about my nephew that makes all this dribble seem so stupid to even be writing about. Made me realize just how life can seem so unfair.

9 comments:

  1. What a lousy day. Our good friends are also having AC problems and spent $2000 just last November to fix it. So sorry about your nephew. Life is not fair.

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    1. Yes, the news about my nephew put things in perspective fast, Sandie. Any problems I had yesterday are just a blip on the screen.

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  2. What a lousy day. Our good friends are also having AC problems and spent $2000 just last November to fix it. So sorry about your nephew. Life is not fair.

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  3. Sorry you had such a bad day. Life does come at us pretty hard and fast sometimes, as you well know. Sometimes it's hard to step away from our problems and get another perspective. There is always more for us to learn, but there are also opportunities to share some of the things we've already learned. Finding time to reach out and touch others often end up helping us even more. Stay positive, and keep plugging away.

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    1. In light of everything, I felt as though I was whining. Thanks for always being so kind, Russ. I hope you, Donna, Ollie and Jewel are well.

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  4. I'm sorry about your nephew! Some days it's hardly worth getting out of bed. That first scratch on the new car or camper is always soooo painful!!
    JanisP www.littlebittyliving.com

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    1. To be honest, as annoyed as I was, I was just glad I didn't do any major damage. I read your blog on email, today. Sounds like it's looking up for your knee! Keep us posted.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your nephew. I had some bad news about a very good friend. We just never know.

    And then the mishap with the A/C and a pipe that had no reason, first scratch or dent hurts.
    Lets hope this is a better day.

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    1. I've tried for 20 minutes or more to leave a comment on your great weekend post. It's got to be the wifi at this campground. Can't read or see Sandie, either.

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