Hello .... Murphy.
Once again, he came with. Murphy prefers to reveal his presence in only the remotest locations. If you don't believe me, refer to the blog archives for these chapters:
- Busted transmission in the ruralest part of rural Wyoming.
- Flat tire at a lake-side campground in middle-of-nowhere Alabama with no cell service
- Warped rotor high on an isolated stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway
and now ....
- Damaged tire descending the side of a volcano.
Making my way down some 2,500 feet from the rim of Crater Lake, the front-end of the Roadtrek develops a wicked shimmy. I'm now in Chiloquin, Oregon - home to about 700 people, only one of whom is a mechanic.
So this morning, after glumly waving goodbye to the WINS carravan on its merry way for a picture-perfect day at Crater Lake, I leave for my 10:30 appointment with Robert, the town's lone, though highly recommended auto mechanic.
Robert steers me right (you might say) after his test-drive diagnoses a damaged front driver's-side tire. It was cracked, worn on the inside, and the cord had separated.
Robert recommends Basin Tires some 22 miles south in Klamath Falls. After a quick phone call to the shop, I leave immediately, driving 40 - 45 MPH with the hazard lights on the entire way. Any faster and the front exhibits violent shaking.
|Luis, of Basin Tires, conducts a post-mortem|
|The cord separation is palpable.|
One day I'll do a photo collage of the GDB in surgery and me in the waiting room.
I pass this afternoon of glorious weather in lovely Klamath Falls. Seriously. It's very pretty there - a nice town with nice folks. And a beautiful lake north of town.
Alone, this time.
Off you go, Murphy!
|Back at the Ranch|
NOTE: Everyone, please don't get me wrong. Episodes like this are one of many that is likely to happen when you travel like I do. In fact, that was the point of the post. It's was an eye-rolling experience, not one of death and destruction. Trust, me, I am supremely grateful that things weren't far far worse.
Having said that .......... I will continue to hope that the next episode is near a place where it is easier to get aid. Stuff happens, but it doesn't ALWAYS have to happen in such outrageously remote spots.