After two days of pleasant travel, today became a day from hell. The day started out fine with a stop at the post office in Capitan (the home of Smokey the Bear) where I spent almost $30.00 to send back items that were under warranty. That's sort of paying for someone elses mistake, but I bit the bullet. Then it was west on highway 380 until I was just west of Carrizozo, New Mexico where the police had blockaded the highway. It seems the US Navy had decided to test some missals at the White Sands Missal Range and because highway 380 runs on the north side of the range we were allowed to cool our heels for two hours.
What we had to look at for two hours.
I don't even think duck tape will fix this.
Unfortunately there was a little wheel well damage to go with the problem.
After a quick pull over to the side of the road the next surprise was waiting for me. I was in a zero bar area for the cell phone. So it was just sit and wait to be discovered. After two state police cars failed to notice my plight as they drove right on by, I decided my fate was in my own hands. So Mel was put in gear and limped down the road at 5 mph until a bar showed up on the cell phone. Just enough of a signal to engage Coach-net for the afternoon. An hour later the spare was in place and I was on my way south again. Tomorrow the search for 6 new tires begins.
As for the rest of the day, I think I will crawl under a rock until tomorrow and hope things improve so we can better enjoy the good life.
A sad note to finish today's blog. My friend Sharon lost her battle yesterday and her ashes are heading back to Alaska where she spent a large portion of her life. Her husband, Clay, will be back in the park tomorrow and will be in the space next to me. Sharon will be missed, but a lot of good memories are left behind.