|My first view|
|My favorite view|
It must be just about impossible to take a bad photo of the Tower. I still tried.
Although the day continued blustery with intermittent rain and winds that ranged from mild to howling, the drizzle stopped long enough for me to amble around the entire base of the Tower. This took about an hour and every step was met with wonder.
|An immense boulder field surrounds the base.|
What an extraordinary experience! Later, while eating a turkey sandwich and ogling the Tower to my left and Prairie Dogs to my right, I pondered upon my unaccountable good fortune to have a day like this.
No question that all was going splendidly when .... my Check Engine Light came on. I was too bummed out to take a photo even though I stared at it for a long time.
I pulled over, consulted my Chevy manual which reassured me that I could continue to drive. This was welcome news as I was absolutely 40 miles from any services.
|Route from Devils Tower to Spearfish|
My GPS guided me to a Chevrolet dealer in Rapid City 2 hours away.
The diagnosis: slippage of the torque converter. The way Neil (my new best friend and Chevy service manager) explained it to me made perfect sense. The part I most enjoyed hearing is that the repair and part should be covered by warranty.
So, the new torque converter will be ordered from Denver tomorrow morning and should arrive early Thursday. Neil estimates it will take half a day to do the work. In the meantime, I will have at my disposal the courtesy driver. I wonder if he'll drive me to his house so I can shower and do my laundry? Maybe his wife's a good cook.
But hey, there are worst places to be stranded. And I can still drive. Tomorrow I will probably visit Mt. Rushmore some 20 miles away. The weather forecast for tomorrow is warmer with partly sunny skies.
I'll take it!
Good night from ....