THIS IS YESTERDAY’S POST
Remember yesterday’s post where I said I was going to drive either 72 Miles or 264 Miles. Well I knocked of a WHOPPING 351 Miles today !!
The ‘bad’ started last night when I went to take a shower. Barely a dribble of water coming out and the water pump was VERY loud. I have plenty of water in my fresh water tank.
I had planned on replacing the water pump once I got to Arizona as I figured I had ruined it by having it on for hours when filling my fresh water tank during the last two years !!!!! I explained my ignorance HERE in this post.
If this water problem sounds familiar to some of you it is because the same thing happened just recently and Joe had just cleaned the screen on OCTOBER 8TH Therefore, I was certain that I had destroyed the proper functioning of the pump.
So last night I looked up where the closest Camping World was and it was only 30 Miles down the road. Wonderful !!!
I was on the road by 8:15AM and when leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot the exit I took to get on the Street (well there were numerous different ways) was one of those tiny right turn only curves that really only a car could safely maneuver.
But I was into it already and it was too late to back up. I tried to avoid going over the curb but with 40’ of length that was not possible. The passenger side rear wheel did go over it and I very slowly edged my way off it.
On to Camping World !!! When I pulled in there and got out of my rig this is what I saw:
Now the BIG *F* just might have escaped my sweet and oh so pure lips !! That same compartment door got the most damage and was replaced in the DITCH INCIDENT. What is it with that side !!?? I certainly won’t be getting this fixed anytime soon.
I arrived at Camping World to be told their Service Department is CLOSED on Saturdays !! But the guy said he did have a Technician who could put in a new water pump – if that was only the extent of the problem.
They sure don’t make these areas easy to access and work on do they !!
Look at the water pump screen just 11 days later….It was completely clogged up.
He also took a look at the water filter that was just replaced on SEPTEMBER 12TH by Joe. It’s supposed to be white – look at it now…
The technician said I got some really bad water being put into the tank – yet I’ve been filling the tank since the end of May at the RV Park – where I was told the water is good – very good – so much so that you can drink it ?? I’m puzzled.
The Technician was very good though and he showed me how to take off the part to get to this screen and that is something I sure will be doing regularly from now on.
$210 poorer ($99 of which was labour), I was back on the road by 10:30AM and uncertain about how long I would drive today.
It felt like all I did today was CLIMB – CLIMB – CLIMB !! I did see an elevation of 6,950’ at one point. I took several rest stops and continued driving figuring I’d be able to reach Cedar City, UT.
This is definitely NOT a route to take later in the year.
Some might think those Mountains and particularly the snow on them is pretty. I might even agree if they were MUCH MUCH farther away from me. Being this close to them equals COLD !!
I was going to pull into Wally’s in Cedar City, however, during my many rest stops I would check to see how many more miles I had to drive PLUS the temperatures up ahead.
Cedar City, while gorgeous during the day, was going down to an over-night low of 28F/-2C. If I could trudge on just another 45 minutes it was much, much warmer.
It was only after Cedar City, UT did I finally begin to descend. I saw 6,000’ – then 5,000’ – then 4,000’ – and finally 3,000’ which is the elevation of Washington, UT.
Finally arrived in Washington, Utah at 5:30PM to beautiful sunshine and a perfect 74F/23C – but I sure was one tired old gal !!
I think I’m FINALLY out of the COLD. Right now (8:00AM) it is already 49F/9.4C – and it’s going to a High of 79F/26C. Now THAT’S what I’m talking about !!!!
Today is definitely going to be a slow and leisurely day as I’m now only about 80+ Miles from where I plan to stop for a week or two – and it’s WARM !!
Hey, maybe I’ll even clean that windshield today !!