OUR MOTORHOME DASH AS WE KNOW IT….. BUT IT HARBORS A SURPRISE
WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Despite cool overnight temperatures I could feel a touch of warmth in the air at 6 a.m. this morning & that meant we were going to have us a warm day. And we did. While Kelly took Pheebs for a walk I raked up more Mesquite beans & by 8 I was already in short sleeves.
Soon as Pheebs & Kelly were back doggy & I hopped into the Jeep & headed for the nearby desert. Parked outside of the gate near Tenderfoot Road & walked in from there. Figured if I headed in one direction for half an hour then back that would give me an hour of walking which I felt was about right for my legs at this point. Don't want to overdo it then quit walking. By 10 the Sun was already burning holes through my shirt but how nice to feel that warmness after the cold rainy & wind driven days we had earlier in the week.
AERIAL VIEW OF BOGATA CANYON IN SOUTHERN UTAH ON THE LEFT……??
NOPE THAT WASN’T BOGATA CANYON IN UTAH, JUST A NORMAL WATER CARVED RUT IN THE ROADWAY….BIRD’S NEST IN A PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS ON RIGHT
THIS IS VERY TYPICAL OF THE DESERT FLOOR IN THESE HERE PARTS
Didn't encounter anything on our walk except for a couple small birds flitting about. No deer, no cows, no rabbits, & most best of all no people. Ground is a hard sandy gravel with varying sizes of small stones, rocks, & boulders. Mainly cactus & Mesquite shrubs along with Palo Verde & Mesquite trees. A few Yuccas here & there.
THE DESERT FLOOR IS CRISS-CROSSED WITH SANDY & ROCK STREWN DRY WASHES WHICH ARE SAFE TO WALK IN UNLESS IT’S MONSOON SEASON WHEN THEY BECOME RAGING TORRENTS OF WATER
COULD THIS BE AN AERIAL VIEW OF A LARGE VOLCANIC CRATER IN NORTHERN ARIZONA? NAWWWW, YOU KNOW ME BETTER THAN THAT BY NOW…….JUST AN ANT HILL BELOW
THOSE YUCCA BLADES ARE DAGGER SHARP
After our desert walk Pheebs & I drove a short mile into Congress. I remember a reader had mentioned last week or so about maybe taking some photos of buildings around Congress so that’s what we did. An easy task mind you seeing how there are very few buildings in Congress. I’ll post the 3 newest buildings first then a few more older buildings over the next couple nights.
I’M GUESSING CONGRESS’S POST OFFICE MAY JUST BE THE NEWEST BUILDING IN TOWN
THE FAMILY DOLLAR & GAS STATION STAND AT THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAYS 71 & 89
YEP, THIS HERE’S WHERE WE GET OUR GAS ALRIGHT
CONGRESS ONLY HAS ONE MAIN INTERSECTION & THIS IS IT….I’M ON HIGHWAY 71 FACING EAST & ABOUT TO CROSS 89 ….TURN LEFT & HEAD FOR PRESCOTT OR TURN RIGHT TO WICKENBURG
Pheebs & I were home about 11 & an hour later we figured it was warm enough to give Pheebs a nice doggy oatmeal shampoo bath. Kelly did most of the shampooing while I did most of the rinsing & Pheebs did most of the complaining. Between the 3 of us we soon had the job done & now Pheebs smells like nice freshly baked oatmeal cookie & that just makes her a whole lot extra snugly:))
After Pheebs bath we decided to take a drive down to the Congress Garage to see if our Motorhome was finished & ready to be picked up. It was & boy were we in for a pleasant surprise or two.
Little did we know that with the removal of one small Robertson screw directly above the speedometer & out of sight our whole drivers side dash top lifted right up & folded back on hinges. And there as easy as can be was our flasher unit as well as easy access to all instruments in our dash panel including radio, back up camera, & well, just everything. Makes me wonder now if all Motorhomes have that easy access feature to the back of their dash panels. But here’s my question, how did that guy know there was a tiny hidden screw in the dash. It’s not like they would get a lot of Canadian made Triple E Commander Motorhomes in that little garage in Congress Arizona.
OUR FLASHER UNIT IS AT EXTREME LEFT & YOU CAN SEE THE 2 DASH LID HINGES IN THIS PHOTO AS WELL
THE CONGRESS GARAGE GUY TAPED THE FLASHER UNIT DOWN
WEIRD OR WHAT!!
THE SINGLE SCREW HOLDING DOWN THE DASH IS LOCATED DIRECTLY BEHIND THAT YELLOW LEVELER BUBBLE ABOVE THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
The fella also read the codes which caused the engine light to come on & again it was the same 2 sensors that have caused the engine light to come on before. Sensor Bank numbers PO131 & PO151. Both those sensors are on either side of the exhaust somewhere. I’m thinking they are reading the exhaust emissions then telling the rig’s computer to change it’s fuel mixture or something causing the mixture to run too lean or whatever which results in a sudden loss of power. Anyway the engine light is out for now & if we choose to take a less mountainous way home in March we just might be alright.
WHO KNEW EH…………….
And speaking of the Congress Garage here is a good news/bad news scenario. First the good news……when Kelly asked the fella how much our bill was today he said, ‘oh give me 20 bucks. What!! And that included the flasher unit. Any other garage & our bill today would have been somewhere around a hundred + dollars probably. Just goes to show how business is still done out here in a few of these little wayward tumble down towns along Arizona’s long & dusty trails. But here’s the bad news…………….the Congress Garage is closing at the end of April. The 2 fellas running it are both retiring & that will be the end of a garage in Congress Arizona unless they can find someone to take it over………….:((
IT’S ALRIGHT PHEEBS WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS BATH THING AGAIN FOR AWHILE
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as a cat does.
- Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth…………..A mechanic.
- Q: Why did the chicken go to the séance?…………To get to the other side.
- A zookeeper is ordering new animals. As he fills out the forms, he types “two mongeese.” That doesn’t look right, so he tries “two mongoose,” then “two mongooses.” Giving up, he types, “One mongoose, and while you’re at it, send another one.”
- Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through deep snow.
- People in sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.