Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017
Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Strut Bearings and Mounts -- Tues., Mar. 5

Yesterday I took my Escape pod into Grande Ford in San Antonio for an oil change. While they were at it, I asked if they could please see what might be causing a "clunking" noise under the front end of the car when I turned the steering wheel at low speeds.

Upon checking the suspension, they found my car needed to have the strut bearings and mounts replaced. It must have needed them for quite a while judging by how long I've been hearing the noise and seeing the "wear" on my left front tire. Unfortunately the price is quite a set back at $600.00. I couldn't leave my car with them overnight because I had to drive back to the 5er.

This morning, we took my Escape back to the dealership. They needed it all day. This afternoon I got a call from Grande Ford telling me while they were making the repair they found a cable chain (?) that was ready to break. That necessitated them ordering the part to fix it.

When the package with the part arrived at their repair shop some of the components were missing from the package. They had to send it back and order another part because the components that were missing were essential to the repair. My car won't be finished until tomorrow.

That had a domino effect on my plans for tomorrow. Peri and I planned to do a 10K Volksmarch in New Braunfels, Texas. That has been successfully rescheduled to Thursday.

Amazing how dominoes fall in order. The other domino, which had to be taken off the table due to the expense of the car repair, was our trip to New Orleans. We had planned to leave Saturday and visit with Bob's great aunt who lives in New Orleans, then spend three days exploring the area. We will have to reschedule that trip into the future. "Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future." (Lyrics from Steve Miller Band.)

Today the chores descended upon me: vacuuming, laundry, chopping pecans and walnuts for oatmeal and salads, making hard boiled eggs for egg salad sandwiches, and backing up my computer.

Talk about tight camping sites...a MH just backed in behind us. There are only a couple of feet to spare. I was nervous as they backed in because it's a rental MH and they were getting really close. I went outside and the young lady asked me if it was okay that they parked so close. I told her, "Yes," but only because if they didn't, the nose of their MH would have been in the entry drive. They are from Switzerland. I don't know how good their English is.

Looking out our back window.
 Here are a couple of bird photos from our 5er window.

Common grackle.
Female cardinal with nut in her mouth.
Let's call it a day shall we. Have safe travels.

Travel Bug out. 


  1. I love those Steve Miller lyrics...so true for alot of us. I do think those sort of things happen for a reason.

    You did today what I am dreading doing tomorrow!

    Last spring when we were traveling through Wyoming, we kept seeing the rental RVs with people from other countries. We asked a nice young couple and they were transporting the RV across country as a job! Way cool!

  2. Cars are so expensive aren't they? Seems like when one thing goes it just keeps going. I hope they get it fixed for you tomorrow and don't find anything else wrong.
    Sorry your plans didn't get to pan out but I'm sure you will get there in time.

  3. We have had more than our share of repairs this year. It's amazing how sometimes things so small can cost so much!!

  4. Sorry about your car expense and trip postponement.

    We've had a few campsites in which the rig next to us got dangerously close when exiting out of their site. Nerve-racking to say the least.

  5. Now I will have that song in my head all day! (thanks a lot)

    So sorry on all the car repairs... ouch! That can put a crimp in the Fun Budget. Hope things get back on track soon.

    Thanks for the birdie pics.

    Karen and Steve
    The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  6. Well, you may be looking at their "rear" for a while but at least they don't have a window there so you are looking right at each other. 5th wheels like to have a view out that big back window. Sorry about the car repair news. Since you will be here for a while, NOLA can get put back on the agenda sooner or later.

  7. Susan, we will be leaving San Antonio on Monday. We have plans tomorrow, but nothing planned for Saturday or Sunday. We'd love to meet you guys. Maybe we can come for a visit this weekend. Let me know what works best for you.


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