Okay, the day started out nice enough. It felt good to be sleeping again in Nevada. We both commented on what a good night of sleep we got. In the high desert country around Pioche, the temperture gets pretty chilly in the morning. So as soon as we got up, we took advantage of the cool air as we prepared to leave with our trailer. We packed away everything, hitched the truck to the trailer, visited with our friends one more time, and headed down the road to what will be our new home for the next 10 months. What could possibly go wrong? The answer: PLENTY!
I want you to know that I checked everything before we took off today. Oil, coolant, and tire air pressure were all taken care of before we left. Just outside of Caliente there is a steep grade up a mountain. It is the highest summit that we have to cross to get to our new town. About 2 miles from the top, I had to pull over as the engine light showed that the truck was overheating. By the time I found a safe spot to pull over the coolant was pouring out the overflow. We waited quite awhile for the engine to cool, filled the radiator with the water that it had lost and started out again. By the time I made it to the next town of Alamo, the "low coolant" light was still lit up, and the temperature was starting to rise. I got some more gas, put in a gallon of coolant, and started down the rode. I got about 6 miles, and the engine started heating up quickly again. I pulled over to check the coolant level and heard a loud "boom". One of the tires on the trailer had exploded. Fortunately, it is a dual axle trailer so we turned around and made it back to Alamo. I had a mechanic check out the coolant problem and bought a new tire for the trailer. By then, we had decided that it was a "sign" that we should spend the night in Alamo and make the long drive to Indian Springs early tomorrow morning.
We are at the Alamo RV park and it is nice enough but a little pricey. It costs more than the entire amount we spent on camping from Nevada to Kansas and back. However, it is a hot day and we were not going to be without air conditioning. Certainly we have used up all of our bad luck today, and tomorrow will have to be a much, much better day. After all, it is said that one must have opposition in all things. We wouldn't be able to appreciate all the good things that we have experience unless we have a bad day every once in a while in which to compare it. Happy Trails everyone! Wish us luck (the good kind). It can only get better, right?