The Drama Continues

September 6, 2012

I know I was not going to blog until I reached Santa Barbara but the adventure is not quite over.

After acquiring new brakes for the RV in Bend, Oregon we are now on our way to Sacramento for new tires.  Dick did some research and found a dealer that special ordered them from Texas so they would be available upon our arrival.

In 95 degrees temperature and 7 ½ hours later we are at Radial Tires.  It is 5:15 p.m. and Randy (the owner) promises to stay open until we arrive. Guess what?  The tires are here, but they are not the right size!  Not only that, the transmission seems to be slipping!

Randy is gone for the day, so Carl a young assistant is furiously calling dealers in the area to find the proper sized tires.  Carl is clean- shaven, and when he removes his cap, I notice perspiration dripping from his forehead and in his hair, which he wears in a short crew cut.  He removes his wire-rimmed glasses and wipes the sweat off his face with a nearby cloth.

Since the tires on our vehicle are no longer made, Carl finds a dealer in Reno that can send a set that would fit without too much of a problem, but they wont arrive until Monday.  We have no choice but to wait.  On a positive note, this gives us an opportunity to spend more time with Susan, Mark and Emily.

On our drive to Susan’s, Dick receives a call from Carl.  “I found a dealer in Sacramento”, he exclaims.  “Come back tomorrow around 10 a.m. and we can install them at that time.”

Great news as we arrive in Roseville where Susan, Mark, Emily (and Maya their black Labrador) greet us at the doorstep.  It is only fitting that we sleep here overnight as this was our first stop when we left Santa Barbara to begin our journey.

Oh, and by the way, the transmission problem turned out to be temporary as it is now back in the correct gear and working perfectly!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

    Sep 07, 2012 @ 20:01:45

    I’ll quote the Greatfull Dead on this one; What a Long Strange Trip its been (fun though). Rick
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


  2. nina venegas
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 22:55:00

    We will probably be rolling out on Saturday as you are rolling in. I have enjoyed your blogs tremendously and wish I had prepared myself to take notes, make some record of out trip to Europe. I do have a new camera and just hope I can work it to the max. Enjoy being home. We have missed you. We look forward to seeing you. Love, NINA


  3. Dianne Elliott
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 05:02:20

    With a new transmission,new brakes, and new tires, it should be the start of your travels, not the end. When are you do home, I miss seeing you.


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