My euphoria from yesterday was wiped out today. I’d driven through St. George, UT, passed an Arizona DPS car at the beginning of a lane closure on I-15 when a sign flashed on to turn my engine off!!! Then a sign flashed on that the antifreeze was hot and turn my engine off!!! I think I was in the area of the Virgin River Gorge, so in addition to one lane being closed, there wasn’t much shoulder to pull off onto. Then a second sign came on to turn my engine off!!! One picture of the engine was blue and the other one was red and I was really nervous. Fortunately, things opened up a bit and I was able to pull off. How come things like this don’t happen on the straight and narrow in the middle of the wide open?
First thing I tried calling Good Sam and their menu wouldn’t work. So I called 911 and explained what happened. They sent out an AZ DOT man to help and he called Good Sam for me. I got a serious run around from them with the end result being that I don’t have Good Sam Roadside Assistance. I’m wondering what they did with the money they accepted for my payment. I need to check into that when this is over with.
Dick, the AZ DOT man, called a tow company in St. George that he was familiar with and got a quote of $750 to tow my motorhome and car to St. George. Yikes. It could have been $1200 but the fact that I have a diesel pusher wasn’t mentioned so they honored the estimate given to Dick and relayed to me. Don, from Bracken’s Auto Tech and Tires was my hero. First, he checked my fluids and everything was fine. Then he checked the engine and found a broken fan belt. AARGH. It took forever to get my motorhome ready to tow and I felt sorry for Don outside in the 100+ degrees while I sat inside my generator cooled motorhome. Speaking of generators, I wish mine was quieter, but I’ll take the noise to have some coolness. Don got me and my vehicles to St. George in one piece and I’m very grateful to him. What a sorry sight...
I was worried about rattlesnakes so I didn't walk too far away which is why the picture is the way it is.
So I’m sitting inside my cool motorhome in 100+ degrees waiting for the verdict at Southwest Diesel Service in St. George, UT. I was supposed to be through Las Vegas and part way into Arizona. My car and auto transporter are inside their yard, I’m hooked up to water and my slides are out!!! I have wine chilling in the refrigerator and it’s going to taste so good later.
I guess it’s a good thing I stayed at Flying J last night…maybe it will put a dent in what this is going to cost me. Yeah, right.
I saw the fan belt after Darren pulled it out and it was broken. Does rubber break? Maybe I mean split. Anyway, it isn’t in one piece. Hopefully that’s all that’s wrong and nothing major caused it to tear. That’s what I was looking for…the word tear. I think.
Reading the comments from yesterday’s post I was surprised that so many of you thought driving six hours was a lot. Maybe I’ve driven so many hours in my car that I don’t know how to drive less. I stopped around 1:00 PM yesterday and ended up having a lot of time to kill. Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post…at least I had a lot of traffic to watch…on the freeway and in the Flying J parking lot. Maybe I need to leave later instead of first thing in the morning…around 7:00 AM.
I wish I could have made it to Tucson before this happened especially since I’m going to park it and hit the road in my smaller motorhome. Now I’m not sure I even want to get back on the road. However, I looked at the future temps in Tucson and I don’t want to stay there so I will get back on the road and head for the cooler temps in Washington.
I have new followers and I apologize for not acknowledging you. I’ve kept a list since I started my blog so that I can keep a record of who I’ve acknowledged and who I haven’t. I’ve misplaced it and I don’t know where I left off. Please bear with me because I’ll look for it when I’m settled and thank you individually for joining me on my journey. In the meantime, thanks for joining me.
Feeling frazzled and probably broke,