I was planning this post to be mostly about our trip to Green Valley Wednesday morning and it will, but the most eventful thing is still ongoing.
It all started when the ceiling light quit in the driver/entry area. When LeRoy took it apart, it seemed to have been warmer than necessary so we started thinking about LEDs for those 12-volt lights, then thought about changing the fixtures and then we went looking. No luck at Camping World or LazyDays so we thought we’d look online. Oh, and by the way, there’s a transmission shop just around the corner. Why don’t we see about getting the transmission serviced before we head home? So we stopped and made arrangements to bring Liberty in yesterday afternoon by 5.
For my non-RVing readers, breaking camp isn’t something you do in a few minutes. Since we thought we might be done as early as mid-morning today, we left some things (satellite TV dish, bike, etc.) in our space at Desert Trails and the neighbors said they’d watch them. We spent the night behind the transmission shop, plugged in to a house extension cord.
The shop starts work at 7:30 or so and that made an earlier morning than we usually do. They put BIG jacks under our rear wheels and raised the back. LeRoy went out and then I overheard through the window “might have to pull the engine to get to the transmission”. Well, that can’t be good! When LeRoy came in, he said that they had found shavings in the transmission fluid when they drained it. I don’t know much about transmissions, but even I know the fluid is NOT supposed to have metal shavings in it!
Long story short, we’re still sitting in the back lot, the transmission is inside the shop and the bus probably won’t be ready to roll until the total rebuild is done, maybe by Tuesday.
In the meantime, my best friend’s mother passed away today and while Karen said I don’t need to come, I feel a need to be there so I’m leaving in the Cruiser tomorrow morning to make the drive back to Kansas. LeRoy will head in that direction once the bus is functional again.
Now back to the Green Valley trip Wednesday. We knew that there’s a large Farmer’s Market every Wednesday morning and there’s a Mexican restaurant in the same parking lot that serves a mean breakfast, so we just combined the two. La Placita is one busy place on Wednesday morning.
Back in Kansas, the Kansas Grown Farmer’s Market is primarily produce and baked goods. The majority of the booths in Green Valley were jewelry, yard art and other forms of art.
We even saw a trailer loaded with saguarro cacti in various sizes. The majestic saguarros are restricted here and if you want one for your yard, you have to grow it from seed (extremely difficult) or buy it from a licensed dealer. When we arrived at the trailer, a code enforcement officer was there getting the dealer’s signature on page after page of forms. Since our friends in Yuma are thinking about one for their new property, we found out that the small ones sell for $50 per foot. Not sure how much the huge 8 footer on the dolly would have gone for!
By the time most of you read this, I’ll be on my way out of Arizona for this year. We’ll miss the cacti and the mountains, the Gambel’s quail with their cute little topknots and their mewing cries, and the desert hiking trails but they’ll all be there for us again when we come back.