Those Gas Stations from the past:
For Monday’s stuff:
To bring you up todate..WE were towed to a shop on Friday. A mechanic came out to look at the damage. Said, “I will get back to you asap.
Later we get a call from the shop. JJ answered the phone, “The part is not available, it will have to have it fabricated. I will be back in an hour or so on the cost.”
JJ hung up and related. I knew someone was BS-ing or did not know what they were doing. I told JJ, there are thousands of these engines on the road still. I started looking and found full sets for $400 but two weeks out. JJ found one in Evansville, IN. WE checked with the shop locally with the part # and yes that is what is not available. “My son found one you can quit looking he will drive and get it.” That is 256 miles.
JJ called the Cummings place again, they were closing in 30 minutes and would not be open again until Monday morn. WE bought it and he put it behind a white trash can for Jack to pick up. JJ laughed and said, “Dad, as a courier, I have picked up stuff in stranger places.”
As JJ left he said, “Y’all be careful, you know Gary Indiana is the Murder Capital of the USA.”
Jackie got us a room in a Holiday Inn Express and he took off for Evansville. At 9PM he called his mama to say he had the part and was headed back. I woke up at 7am and JJ was asleep in the other bed, part out in the car.
The shop mgr could not believe the part was here. But said it would be Monday 4AM when they started on it. We went back to the motel to wake up JJ. In just a few minutes the phone rang and the manager had a mechanic who could do it that day. We should be on the road by afternoon. So thanks to JJ’s all night drive, WE were back on the road, but Sherry’s savings were a ‘little less’.
So the roads were still terrible in the South of Chicago, but we sang “Bad, bad Leroy Brown, baddest dude in the whole danged town, badder than old king Kong, meaner than a junk yard dog.” Many times…..
Just west of the Chicago area the land again turned to beautiful farm land. I wanted to stop and pick some corn…
WE stopped for the night at the Tiki RV park. In the middle of corn fields, freshly mowed area but so run down there were 30 unusable sites, none available with water without a long hose.
PS: After the repair we drove out of Indiana into Illinois to over night. Then out of Illinois thru Iowa and into Nebraska where we leave Monday morning for Cheyenne, Wyoming.