Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HANGING OUT IN AMARILLO, TEXAS

I’ve been on the road now 12 days and have been very lucky with the weather.  With the exception of only one day – every day has been bright and sunny and warm.

That one day exception was rain – and as Murphy’s Law would have it – that was the day my driver’s side wiper blade decided to DIE !!  And of course it was also the day AFTER I left the Newmar Factory !!

The rubber part came about 1/2 way off the track but again I was lucky enough to find a place to pull over and push it back on.  That got me through to the next stop where there was a Pilot, a large Auto Parts Store and a Wal-Mart – just to name a few.

Well my wipers blades must be unique in that they are 32” and NOT TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE.  The guy at the Auto Parts Store suggested putting on the 28” ones to get me through but oh no that didn’t work either.  Something was too big or too small and it would not fit on the arm.

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So I called Newmar and ordered them sent to the Pilot location in Amarillo, TX.  Did you know you can get your mail sent to  these large truck stops ??  I sure didn’t.  Sure handy when you’re on the road travelling long distances !!

Now again, these wiper blades are VERY SPECIAL as they were $78.84 (US Dollars) EACH plus I paid an extra $30 or so to have them delivered in 3 days.  Total Canadian for two wiper blades = $209.46 !!!  Ability to see out the windshield when it’s raining = PRICELESS !!  LOL

I had hoped the UPS package would perhaps arrive early (yesterday) but no such luck.  I checked their website and it says it’s guaranteed to arrive at Pilot today – by end of day.  Well it’s 2:00PM now and not arrived yet.

Took advantage of my downtime here yesterday and sent Bennie off to PetSmart to get groomed.  Poor little guy was so shabby looking it looked like he didn’t have a Mamma !!

While he was there I had several hours to kill.  What to do ?  What to do ??

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Ahhhhhh,  I could ‘browse’ through there for awhile I suppose.  HEY !!  I haven’t stopped at ONE HD on this entire trip !!!

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Found a few things…..

I do enjoy my stickers…..

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And like I really needed another T-Shirt !!

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But it’s not WHITE so Jo and Toune (folks I met over the Summer) would be proud of me !!

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REALLY needed another pair of jammie bottoms…..NOT !!  LOL

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But I did need a new mat for by the kitchen sink.

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Hopefully my wipers will arrive today and tomorrow I’ll be back on the road.

Decided to change my route and head South from here and stop for a week or so at Leasburg Dam State Park where my Friend BARBARA is presently staying.

That should work out well as it’s still too hot in Yuma and even in Quartzsite for me.

Also by going this route I can stop in Deming to see my Friend Lee.

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE BIKE ARRIVES

HOLY MACARONI !  Will this story ever end !!

OK, So now we’re into Tuesday morning, October 14th.

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Yes, ANOTHER 4:30AM morning for me as they came to get the rig at 6:00AM ON THE DOT to fix the bed lift in the toy hauler.  And off Bennie & I go to the Lounge area to wait.

I had received a call from the Driver the night before saying that he would be at the Newmar Factory with my bike by 8:00AM and that he would call me when he was 5 minutes away.  That was so he knew where to go – the place is so HUGE.

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The timing turned out to be perfect !  My rig was returned to me and while the driver was unloading the bike I was able to get the rig ready to ride the bike in.

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Yes, The bike was delivered safe and sound – albeit late – but overall I was NOT happy with this Company’s service.  I won’t bore you with all the details so I’ll just say that FORTY FOUR e-mails had to be exchanged to complete this simply process !!

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Now I’m not going to mention this Company’s name Winking smileWinking smileWinking smileWinking smile…….

But as you can see I’m one happy Sassy Rider re-united with her bike.

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Getting her safe and sound in her own home where she belongs.

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Everything was done – even Ms. T hooked up and it was still only 9:20AM !!!!  So on the road I get.

Newmar’s Customer Service is OUTSTANDING.  Everyone I spoke with there was very friendly and accommodating.  The person I dealt with most was Jason, who did the work on my rig.  He was awesome !!!

This story really has a very happy ending – yes, despite all of the stress it put me through over the entire Summer…..Newmar reimbursed me for my costs.  Yes, ALL of my costs !!