It slipped my mind on Sunday to tell about our new windshields! After traveling with a big crack top to bottom on my side of the windshield, this clear brand new glass is amazing!
First of all, for non-bus enthusiasts, Liberty has not one but two separate windshields which are neither small nor cheap. Our friends Blake and Pennie Hardy near Huachuca City had a pair just sitting in their bus garage and weren’t planning to use them, so LeRoy made arrangements to buy them at a real who’s-your-buddy price. Believe it or not, we brought them home in the back of our “purple pickup”, the PT Cruiser, and they’ve been sitting in a bay until we could get everything we thought we needed to install them. LeRoy did some research online and even more by visiting our favorite RV parts stores in our area to find out who they use to install RV windshields and came up with Andy’s American Glass. We would recommend them highly. The first day they came, they took out the passenger glass and found that the new glass wouldn’t quite fit. Back in with the old cracked glass and back to their shop with the new to have the corner radius changed slightly. Since they were coming back the next day anyway, we had them replace the Cruiser’s cracked and sandblasted windshield as well.
Problem number two came when they were ready to install the newly sized glass and found out that the new gasket material wouldn’t work because it was too fat. I can’t say much. Several of us have that problem! Thankfully, we found that the old gaskets worked and all was right with the world. These windshields are amazingly clear, even with our sunshades snapped in place. LeRoy had replaced the Cruiser’s headlights a few weeks ago and with the new windshield in place, too, we can see at night again!
Today we dragged Mileta away from work long enough to do some sightseeing. We took the scenic drive up Gates Pass and on to show them some of our favorites sights close at hand. Larry is a motorcycle rider from way back and this road would be perfect for a cycle ride.
We ate lunch at Coyote Pause and shopped at the little Cat Mountain shops around it. I know I’m short but I’m really not that much shorter than Mileta. She was standing in the cactus bed and I was on the pavement.
We also toured the San Xavier Mission briefly before bringing Mileta and Larry back to tend to pre-travel rituals. They are leaving tomorrow morning for RV service nearby and will be on with their travels by Thursday morning. We will miss having company but we won’t be here much longer ourselves.