Thursday morning we confirm that the "low" tire on the Jeep from the night before is now flat. Fortunately we have a full size spare, and even more fortunately another high school friend, Larry, stops by and is able to loosen the lug nuts. You know - the lug nuts put on with nuclear-powered pneumatic wrenches. Larry and a three-foot piece of pipe get them off :-) Bill gets the spare on, the flat tire loaded up, and we're good to go again. Wednesday's fun was well worth the flat!
|Tessa's new pal Molly - they got their tails at the same store|
It's a quick drive to Quartzsite and we're set up at Hassler's RV Park early. We drop off the tire for a quick repair, but when we return from lunch we find that's not the case. We'll come back the next day for the new tire.
|Restaurant specials in Q - steak or speakers|
Our search finds no mobile RV techs so Bill calls the largest repair place and they give him a referral. An appointment is made for the next day to fix the stairs.
Friday morning we return to the tire shop and then check out other RV parks. We are returning for a week in January during the busiest time and I want to be sure we have a spot.
|Say good-bye to Bill the Tire|
|Who knew tires are so funny?!|
The tech doesn't show up and when Bill calls him, he "isn't going to make it today". Arrgghh. Tempe is our next stop and I find a mobile RV tech there who can come to our park on Monday morning. Fine, we'll live with the step ladder a while longer.
Mike and Rita Pruitt were high school sweethearts who have been married 40+ years and live in Blythe. They are both good friends of ours, and they suggest we have pizza at Silly Al's in Quartzsite.
|Silly Al's is no longer a trailer with a big deck|
The drive the next morning is uneventful even through all the Phoenix interchanges until the "iffy" directions off the freeway requires a u-turn in Tempe to get back to our park.
Apache Palms RV Park is the first "in the middle of the city" park we've stayed at. The light-rail is just out the driveway and it's in the flight pattern for the airport, and is surrounded by apartment buildings. But it is surprisingly quiet, very clean, and is the closest park to more of our friends.
Bill's very good friend David (also from high school) and his wife Tina live here. We invite them over to see our little home on Saturday night - the step ladder is a great conversation piece - and then have a wonderful meal at Four Peaks Brewery nearby.
We planned to see four other friends in the area, but life happens and we'll have to see them the next time through.
Sunday is Sunday - so football and laundry! Yay Steelers - and double yay Eagles!!
I'd like to say that the stairs got repaired on Monday. Nope. Broke two drill bits and two easy-outs trying to remove the remainder of the bolt, and didn't have a replacement bolt any way. But at least he showed up and tried :-(
We make arrangements for Plan C in Tombstone.
Monday night we watch the game and have a lovely dinner at David and Tina's house. We enjoy the Christmas tree at their place and all the pretty lights in the neighborhood.
|Fortunately Tina remembers photos!|
|David and Tina|
|It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......|