Sunday, August 19, 2007

A week too far?

Did I mention we have had a few crises of late, seems someone is trying to tell us it is time to go home!

First, we had problems with the brakes in Arizona, coming down from the north rim of the Grand Canyon, down to the Colorado river, meaning we had to cut our Grand Canyon experience short by two days (but that got us to Las Vegas).

Then we started having trouble with the zips on our tent; they just don’t seem to mesh together anymore. So one door is totally out of commission, and the other has a safety pin in it, and we have to climb in over the broken part. Now we are rethinking the thing about bringing the tent back with us.

David backed into a pole in South Dakota, and a fire hydrant in Yosemite, so there are a couple of extra impressions in the car, that weren’t part of the original design.

Sunset Beach was a good one too – we set the tent up, then started off into town, without checking whether we had done the top box up. Just before we got on the freeway, we thought to check – of course it was open. Did a quick check, didn’t seem to be anything missing, but when we went to pack up the tent, we could not find the bag for the tent! Went back over our tracks, but too late, I think someone has a lovely North Face bag to go away with next time they are traveling.

And now, to top it off, despite being in beautiful Lake Tahoe (another unplanned stop, but we were close…) we have spent most of the day waiting for new tyres to be fitted on our car – we blew a tyre driving up to see this pretty little lake near Lake Tahoe itself. And when they were fitting the tires, they discovered the park brake was not releasing, so our back brake drums were worn – not enough to be a problem, but geeze! And THEN, while they were parking the car, (which had the tandem on it) they “forgot” that the tandem was on it, and drove under the under-cover car park, and took the back seat off the tandem, so we had to get that replaced as well!
Maybe we have been traveling a week too far?

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