Sooner or later. Breakdowns happen. Although I can’t really count it as a ‘breakdown’ because Freedom still runs, she needs to have a repair done. Leaving Cambridge, headed toward McCook the little battery icon on the dashboard comes on; we park at Walmart for the night. Wally’s good for an overnight if there’s nothing else available at the moment. They’re usually not real peaceful, but this one has a lot of dragsters using the parking lot in the wee morning hours. Sheesh!
I had sent out a plea before calling it a day to a good friend asking if her husband could tell me how to use a voltmeter. His excellent instructions written down, the next morning I do the testing and the alternator is showing on the low side. He recommends I have it looked at, so that’s what I do.
The nice mechanic, Spencer, at Doyle’s Auto Repair tests the load on the alternator and it is only putting out about 9 volts, a new one was ordered, and he will install it with only a day’s wait.
We move to a little free campground, Karrer Park, this one also with electricity. It is nothing compared to Cambridge’s McKinley Park, but we are grateful for it.
Wednesday morning dawns bright and beautiful, and we head to Doyle’s to get the alternator installed. Afterwards a stop at Wally to stock up on groceries.
I meet a lady, Brenda, who I thought was living in her vehicle. It turns out she IS living in her vehicle, but only temporarily. She is in the process of moving to a new life in Colorado. She had planned on staying in Wally’s lot, but after we talked a bit I told her about Karrer and she followed me back thrilled not to have to stay overnight at Walmart. She wanted a shower in the worst way and was delighted when I told her Karrer had one. Filthy, but the water’s hot. Her fur baby, Fugley, is just adorable and dang if I forgot to take a picture of him; a rescue with issues of his own.
On one of the long walks in the grassy area that the boys and I take we meet a cute fluffy little girl and her human, a man from Montreal living in a van touring the United States. White fluffy dog was not too thrilled with my hooligan hounds! No photos! I didn’t bring my camera on my walk. Not doing too well in the picture department this go ’round am I?
Leery of driving the van except for necessity I didn’t venture out to explore McCook, so no photos in that regard either. In a few days Burger, The Chiweenie Brothers, and I will head southwest and see if we can locate any information regarding my grandmother.
As always, thanks for stopping by 2Dogs! We appreciate your coming along on our grand adventure. Hugs, Shawna
CURRENT READ: To Kill a Mockingbird – re-reading this classic by Harper Lee
WHAT’S IN THE NIGHT SKY? October 5th brings us our full moon, the Harvest Moon. Also this first week of October look for Venus and Mars in the east about 90 minutes before sunrise. You may need binoculars to see hazy red Mars. October 7th the Draconid meteors put in an appearance.