IT WAS 4:45 THIS AFTERNOON & TODAY’S SUN WAS RAPIDLY HEADED FOR THE HORIZON WHEN I REALIZED I HADN’T TAKEN A SINGLE PHOTO ALL DAY SO GRABBED A CAMERA & QUICKLY SHOT UP A FEW CACTUS PLANTS IN OUR YARD….THIS PARTICULAR ONE I PLANTED THIS AFTERNOON
I wasted a perfectly good wish this morning. Out with Pheebs about 5:30 a.m. standing in our front yard under a canopy of twinkling stars from horizon to horizon I spotted & watched something streak across the sky near the Moon. It was a meteorite commonly called a shooting star. Ahhh, now I must make a wish & without even a milli-seconds thought two words popped into my head before I could even think about a wish. ‘World Peace.’ Well I knew right away I had just wasted a perfectly good wish on something that will never happen. At least not in my time or anyone else’s time I know. Had I only wished for something realistically possible I might have had a chance of it coming true……………….
PLANTED THIS CACTUS ON THE LEFT TODAY AS WELL
Started my yard clean-up an hour earlier this morning therefore wearing myself out an earlier this morning. The upper half of me doesn’t really wear out but the bottom half does. When I get up in the morning my legs are generally reasonably good with no pains, aches, or stiffness but as soon as I start using my legs they begin to stiffen up & get sore. Yes my weight plays a small part in that but it’s the darn arthritis that is my Achilles heal. Came in , rested my legs for an hour & was back outside again this time planting 3 cactus plants Kelly had brought home Saturday. I’m sure glad I bought myself a brand new pair of heavy duty CAT work gloves before arriving here in the land of prickly cactus plants nearly a week ago.
I THINK SOME OF MY JOSHUA TREES I PLANTED LAST WINTER JUST MIGHT MAKE IT AFTER ALL
Here’s a little something I didn’t share with readers that happened to us on our last day traveling from Cameron to Congress Arizona last Tuesday. When we rolled into Cameron Monday afternoon we had half a tank of fuel in the rig & I didn’t plan on adding any fuel until we reached the Chino Valley. Easier on the rig to travel with a lighter gas tank out here in these hills & mountainous grades. It was a Conoco gas station we decided to stay at for the night & quickly forgetting my previous gas decision reasoned if we filled up at the Conoco we wouldn’t have to fill up again before reaching Congress. Of course I totally forgot about the loooooooooong grade climbing up to Flagstaff Arizona.
A nice morning as we rolled out of Cameron heading South. Had maybe driven an hour when I could see the looooong grade a few miles ahead climbing higher & higher up towards Flagstaff. I was sure hoping we would make it up that grade….but we didn’t. About half or maybe two thirds of the way we began slowing down despite being in our second lowest gear. The rig gave a jerk & I immediately felt the loss of power as the gas pedal went to the floor. Hobbled off to the side of the road & shut it down. Waited about 30 seconds then re-started the rig just like we had been told to do to re-set the computer. I pulled the gearshift into it’s lowest gear but the Big EEE struggled to gain speed & for the next 20 minutes or so we became a traffic hazard on a 4 lane highway in more ways than one.
A year ago when this same loss of power happened for the first time west of Kingman Az. we also lost our turn signals & 4-way flashers & dam if the same thing didn’t happen to us again Tuesday morning in the Flagstaff traffic. There we were struggling along at about half power or less with no emergency flashers to let drivers approaching from behind know we were only doing about 30 mph tops. And no turn signals to change lanes & we did need to change lanes several times because we were confused as to how to reach I-40. Our Garmin GPS had given us a bum steer a year ago coming into Flagstaff along this route causing us to become lost for about half an hour before finding our way out of Flagstaff amazingly headed in the right direction.
JOSHUA TREE >>>>>>>>
Luckily we were able to follow the overhead signs to a traffic light with arrows pointing to I-40 west. And fortunately we were in the correct left hand turning lane. At that red light I shut the rig off again & re-started it in hopes the computer would re-set itself which it did. Also another piece of luck when I could see the on-ramp headed down to I-40 & not up to I-40. The Big EEE made the left turn & entered the right turning lane managing to regain her composure on that downhill ramp as we entered I-40 just a flyin. The rig ran perfectly fine for most of the rest of the way home. Climbed up out of Prescott on half a dozen steep little grades on Iron Springs road Okay but then coming through the little whistle stop of Skull Valley we again lost power while slowing for a set of train tracks on a ‘downgrade.’ Very disappointing. Found a spot to pull over on the narrow road, shut it down, re-started it & we were good to go the rest of the way. By this time we were both so, so, so, tired & frustrated that when we reached Congress I just never blogged about it until now. I’m convinced it is not a mechanical problem with the rig as much as it is a computer fuel mixture problem of some kind. So as it stands right now we have no turn signals or flashers on the rig again. Last year in Slab City one of the Slabbers there fixed the problem for us by installing a new ‘flasher’ unit so looks like we’ll have to haul the rig down to the Congress garage & have a new flasher unit installed again so who knows what kind of an electrical Gremlin lurks in the dash of our rig. Until Flagstaff the Motorhome had performed flawlessly……………….
Nina, Paul, & Polly from WHEELING-IT are headed over in the morning for a doggy walk in the desert about a half block behind our house. Pheebs will be happy to see Polly again & of course Kelly & I will be happy to see the Wheeling-It crew again as well. We saw Nina & Paul in Borrego Springs last winter & they boondocked just up the end of Ghost Town Road from us 2 winters ago. And if I remember correctly we saw them over at North Ranch at Janna & Mike’s last winter as well. Of course my memory is not to be counted on but at least that’s how I think it was……………..
JUST PLANTED THIS CACTUS TODAY AS WELL
GROANER’S CORNER:(( An exciting new development in marine biology promised to extend the lifespan of an endangered species of porpoise. In fact, the data suggested that if a specific kind of African seagull, freshly out of the egg, was fed to the porpoises every day without fail, they would actually live forever! The big challenge was to gather this food supply, this equivalent of chicken dinners for oceanic mammals, on a regular basis. There were many problems, including the fact that it could be dangerous, as these seagulls were found near water holes where all sorts of large game animals congregated. But this was an important ecological breakthrough, so teams were sent out right away. They worked diligently to supply the necessary small fowl. One afternoon, an intrepid gull-gatherer on his way back to base from the water hole encountered a pride of lions taking their afternoon nap. As they were blocking his way, and his day's catch of seagull hatchlings was needed right away, he carefully stepped over the lions that were directly in his path. That spelled the end of the experiment. The porpoises, deprived of their special diet, not only did not live forever, but they also became extinct. That was because an alert game control officer had spotted the team member, arrested him, confiscated his equipment and baggage, and charged him with……....’Transporting young gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises’.
Your cacti pictures crack me up. Are you living in Lilliput?ReplyDelete
Well, they're nice looking cacti anyway!ReplyDelete
I love all the cactus you have planted. Your yard must be beautiful. I hope to one day have a yard filled with a variety of cactus, as well. Have fun with Polly, Paul, and Nina! They are on their way to join us in Desert Hot Springs later this week.ReplyDelete
Connect the computer in your rig to an OBD2 scanner at the garage and find out the error codes that were recorded.. Did the check engine light come on before you reset by cycling the ignition..? You may have to take the garage mechanic on a ride to recreate the power loss while he is on board..ReplyDelete
On selling your Congress home. Ken and I have a different way of thinking about that. You see we decided at some point in our lives RVing will become too much for us when we 'reach an age'. But we still don't want to spend winters in Ontario. We have planned at that point we will give up RVing and either rent or buy a place somewhere south and just drive in our car to it. Would love to have a little place like yours to drive to. I know you'd have to stay at hotels on the way down, but these days the majority of them are dog friendly so that's not an issue. That's just our plan and our thoughts on getting older but still allowing us to get somewhere warmer in the winter.ReplyDelete
That is too bad about your rig, Hope someone can figure it out for you.ReplyDelete
Love all the cacti you are planting. Your house and yard look loved.
Great pictures of your landscape plants.ReplyDelete
If you keep burning the flasher that means that it is getting too much power possibly the fuse is over-rated. As for the computer issue it sounds like if the code can't be properly reset then the computer might have to be replaced. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
We have had a few issues in the mountains over the years so really try to avoid them at all costs, we will miss some awesome scenery but save our coach.ReplyDelete
Good morning AlReplyDelete
Before you take your RV to the garage see if you can get triple EEE to send you a wire diagram schematics of your coach wiring
Your mechanic can trace the wire through the schematic and find out if it's connected to the computer in anyway
Without the schematics most of the time you're chasing your tail
That's only my two cents worth
Oh DRAT! Sure hope someone can get to the bottom of your EEE problem and fix it for good!!! There has to be nothing more frustrating than car/motorhome trouble!! Best get it looked at by someone familiar with motorhomes.ReplyDelete
is there a EEE Yahoo group that you could join? We have learned a lot from our Alfa group, including who in the country knows how to fix certain "Alfa' problems. We have also connected with some knowlegeble people at the Alfa National rally each year. Does EEE have an owner's group?ReplyDelete
Loss of power on a grade is one of my nightmare scenarios. Sounds like it was exhausting! Our computer occasionally shuts off the fuel gauge or the speedometer - I think it's just to see if I'm looking - and restarting the engine has worked each time. Still, it's such a pain. Bummer yours seems to also fry some parts :-( Looking forward to pics of your little blogger gathering in the desert!ReplyDelete
Al maybe what you saw in the sky was not a wishing star but:ReplyDelete