Moving on – to Flagstaff, AZ

10/10/16 (Monday) in Flagstaff, AZ (Freightliner)

On our way by 9. We’ve been having issues with our coolant leaking. John put the last antifreeze he had in the overflow at Sky City. We looked for some there, but they didn’t have the kind we need. He put a ½ gallon of water in yesterday before we left. This morning the engine reported that the coolant was low, so he put another ½ gallon of water in. We’re hoping to get antifreeze in Camp Verde. Meanwhile we’re crossing our fingers that this problem will hold off until we get to Val Vista where there is a Freightliner Service Center near Phoenix. On top of that, John’s computer just stayed dark, so he shut it down and started it up to get a brighter picture. Dang, we’d been relatively free of adventures in this rush to get to Val Vista.

Our first road, Hwy 180, had lots of “rodeo” moments, when the rig is tossed about by swells in the asphalt. Once on I-40W we got a coolant low reading. Sheesh, John had JUST filled the reservoir. When we neared Winslow he asked me to look for nearby Freightliner shops. I found one in Flagstaff, so after stopping at a rest area to fill the coolant, we continued on to exit 201 and that facility. We arrived at 11:30, got a recommendation for a mexican restaurant: LaFonda. Wonderful food, service and great prices. When we got back to Freightliner they said they guy would be looking at our rig in a while, like 1:30. Hmm that was their 2 hours in which they were to let us know what was needed to be done. Oh well. It was after 4 before we found out that the coolant line had a pinhole in it, created by rubbing against something else. Later they said they’d need to order the part, that it’ll come in tomorrow between 11 & 2.

So we spent our day in the lounge, trying to rest. I had to let our campground know we weren’t going to make it there, at 4 pm, when we finally knew what was up. Thus we had to pay their cancellation fee. Then we got the estimate for the job: over $800. Not covered by our extended warranty. So it goes. We met an RV neighbor who’s here with his new Tiffin that had a massive fuel leak.

We enjoyed a little supper while the generator was running. This time we played “13” before going to bed.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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