Ok, we fully recognize that we’ve been blessed. We are extremely fortunate and we do realize that. Yet, when things don’t work the way they are supposed to, we (especially, me) still have troubles with that.
(Please know up front that everything is fine and we are healthy. No worries.)
For example, back near the beginning of our trip, we lost the power for the lights and vent fan in our bathroom. Annoying, yes. Inconvenient, yes. Big deal, not really. We picked up a little battery-operated lantern at WalMart for $7 and it served our needs.
Then, the steps to the coach just “frozen”, partially open, partially closed. We happened to be inside the coach when this happened so when I noticed it upon opening the door, I just jumped out. After a couple of tries to get it operating again, it became obvious that wasn’t going to happen. We didn’t feel safe driving with the steps partially extended so I pushed them closed. That worked. But, they would no longer operate on their own. More annoying, yes. More inconvenient, absolutely. Big deal, well, kinda. At least for Siobhan. She now had to climb up into the coach and then climb back out whenever she wanted to go outside. Of course, this became a bigger and bigger issue for me, too, as time went on and it was not getting fixed. At this point, the steps made it to the top of my honey-do list, ahead of getting the bathroom lights and fan fixed by a long shot.
Guess what? Both of these issues moved way down the list quickly when the next issue presented itself. What seemed like a real pain was almost forgotten the day we noticed our residential-sized refrigerator appeared to be coming out of its cabinet. Let me explain. This behemoth is sitting in a cabinet about two feet off the floor. It started by separating the wood trim surrounding it. Then, once that trim was totally separated, the entire frig started to make its way out of the cabinet, bottom first. Each day we drove to a new location the situation deteriorated. It became clear that it was just a matter of time before that entire refrigerator broke loose, dropped out of the cabinet and came flying forward toward us (and maybe through the windshield) whenever we applied the brakes.
Annoying, yes. Inconvenient, yes. Unsafe, without a doubt!
Of course, according to Murphy’s Law, this refrigerator issue has to reach its peak while RT and Linder were traveling with us. So what if they had flown from Boston to Salt Lake City, then driven seven hours in the RV they rented just to do this trip with us. So what if we had only been traveling for five days out of almost a month we planned together when it reached a point where we just could not go another mile. We are positive that Murphy was smiling!
Arthur and Linda departed from our campground in New Mexico, bound for Colorado. We stayed behind to await the mobile RV repair team that was on its way to make us safe again. We all hoped for the best, assuming the fix would work so that we could meet up later that day at our first stop in Colorado.
As it turned out, the repair guys did a great job securing the refrigerator so we planned to get on the road with enough time to stop at ”Four Corners” where the States of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. It’s the only place in the country where you can stand in four states at the same time. Arthur and Linda had already done this so we wanted to go check it off our list and still be able to meet them in time for dinner at the campground after their mountain bike ride.
Sounded good, right. Ahh, Murphy was not quite done with us. We got all ready to go, pulled out of the campground and headed down the road to gas up. Upon getting out of the coach we noticed a gapping hole in the side. Unbelievable! The access panel to the back of the frig had not been reattached properly so it popped off just after we departed the campground. That access panel to the back of the frig also just so happens to be part of the exterior of the coach. Without it in place, wind, sand and rain (if we had any) would blow directly into the coach while we were driving. Annoying, yes. Inconvenient, yes. Unsafe, yeah!
We retraced our steps all the way back to the campsite looking for the panel. No luck. We went in to the campground office to check with the people working there at the time. Had anyone found it and turned it in? No such luck. By this point, we were pretty much at the end of our rope. Just when we thought everything was gonna be all right…(isn’t there a song for that?). The owner of the RV Park, John, whom I had chatted with the day before, heard what was going on. He stopped what he was doing, jumped in his SUV and asked me to go with him. He said let’s go take a look, we will find it. He was positive. I thought it was hopeless, but, agreed to go anyway. He was being so kind, I had to give it a chance. Turns out he spotted it within a mile of his campground. It was upside down in the middle of the road so it blended in completely. Don’t ask me how John spotted it. Siobhan and I went by the very same place twice. This was my third trip past it and I didn’t see it. Amazing! John was so happy that we recovered it. He spun the SUV around, got us back to the RV and had his maintenance guy bring us some tools and screws to reattach the panel. It was pretty ragged from being driven over numerous times but it fit. We got it screwed in and duck taped it in place just to be sure. Another crisis resolved.
We had to drop the plan to visit “Four Corners” but after that adjustment, we still made it to Colorado in time to meet RT & Linder!
I may be old, but, I’m still learning. I believe that John was available at that moment to talk me down off the ledge. I was so distraught, I really needed a good break and John made that happen. And the team at Tiffin doing all they did to get the coach fixed for us, just top notch service! (I’ll explain more about this in a future post.)
Lesson learned: don’t worry about the little annoyances in life. They will work themselves out. Pay close attention to the things that are safety related, they might not. Be wise enough to know the difference and focus on the important stuff.
It might have taken close to sixty years to get there but I think I’m really starting to get it now.
Thanks for reading.