I had everything done, except for hitching on Friday night. We got on the road by 8 am. We decided not to stop for breakfast and wait until lunch. We got as far as Kettleman City, where we filled up with #2 diesel, then stopped for a sandwich at Carl Jr. after our break we continued south on I 5 to CA 223 and the east to CA 58 to avoid all the traffic in Bakersfield. We did quite well MPG still over 18 even on hills through the Tehachapi Mountains. The engine was running a bit warm so we pulled off to let it cool down, after all it was getting a bit warm outside. We ran with the heater on to disperse the heat and that seemed to work fine, It got us over the mountains in fine shape, making good time, but not rushing. Ted was fine, driving and wanted to drive all the way, but I thought that we should only go as far as Desert Hot Springs.
Everything went well until we got to Apple Valley where we stopped for fuel. We pulled in right after the truck delivering fuel and because he was blocking the diesel pump, we had to wait, nearly an hour. By this time it was getting close to dusk and we still had to get down to I 10. I think that Murphy has found me. Everything started going downhill from there (literally). There was some jerking on the hitch and Ted pulled over to check it out. A big bolt on the slide sheared off, it is the one that controls the slide. We thought that we could go slow and be careful of the turns and get to the freeway and find somewhere to spend the night. He drove, I researched for Wal-Mart's, Truck Stops nearby, NOTHING. Then for some reason the trailer brakes weren’t catching properly and someone in another car said that tire was on fire. We pulled over as quick as we could and Ted ran back to the coach and got the fire extinguisher (that he had just gotten for me today). It wasn’t the tire,but the brakes that were glowing. Ted took care of it and we waited a while and took the first road that we could to get off the highway. So now we are out in the middle of the desert cooling off for the night. Ted found some where in Banning that is open on Sunday, Hopefully we can get this hic-cup taken care of relatively quick as Ted has to catch a flight back to Sacramento from Phoenix on Monday. What an experience for the first day.
Thanks for listening, Hope that this is it and I can get on with this adventure on a better note.
Susan and Angel