Remember this picture? Well, it was really taken in early September in Hatch, NM but I might as well have taken it today . Today it was back under the bus, LeRoy, same game. We had been having trouble getting the generator to switch on from inside but eventually it would start. Yesterday afternoon, though, no luck. And to top it off, the pull cord on the starting system of the “back up” generator LeRoy had bought came out so it wasn’t working, either. A comparison for you Kansans: think of a power outage in an ice storm! Remember, we’re total electric so no hot water, no refrigerator, no charging cell phones or computers. LeRoy found out that we could plug in across the wash from where we are parked so we bought a LONG extension cord to give us the basic necessities (which, I might add, still don’t include hot water) and he’s been working on the generator all day. He’s had lots of help, advice, commiseration along the way from other Eagle owners parked around us, so while he still had to do all the work, it felt a tiny bit less frustrating, I think. Thought it might be the generator’s starting battery since the one in it was 8 years old so we bought a new one. Still no luck. Cleaned the contacts on the solenoid and got it ready to go back together and the nuts wouldn’t go back on the studs! So we bought new ones. Note to self: remember that most places in Quartzsite close before 4:30 p.m.! Once he had it buttoned up again, it took, so he’s now putting it back in place and we’ll pray that it will be fixed.
By the way, it’s still Christmas in Liberty. We took the tree down long ago but yesterday we got mail for the first time since Christmas. It always feels like Christmas when we get a batch of mail, but this time, it really was! We had probably a dozen or more Christmas cards and they were such fun to read. I always like getting the family letters from friends but this time seemed even better than usual. One was from Debbie Bell, the previous owner and co-creator of Liberty. She and her late husband Dick are highly thought of in Eagles circles. We can always expect people to be accepting here when we tell them we bought Bell’s bus. You can tell we have big shoes to fill!
The empty field in which we have been parked since Thursday last week is no longer empty. Buses of several varieties (Eagles, MCIs, GMs, Prevosts) are gathering for the combined rally at the end of this week. I’ve been in a few really beautiful ones and hope to see more in the next few days. Since they are all individually done, every one is unique.
Since we’ve had no generator for the microwave/convection oven or a crockpot, we’ll probably have to eat out again this evening. Darn!