Eureka! I have arrived!
The expression "Eureka" is the state motto of California, referring to the momentous discovery of gold. It is also an exclamation of a joyous moment! I am very happy to be reunited with family and finished with driving after 3,486 miles!
On the final leg of my long journey, about an hour from Eureka, I heard a BIG BANG located somewhere on my RV's exterior. I was traveling in the Shasta-Trinity mountains on a remote stretch of a 2 lane road with guardrails on one side "every so often" and a mountain on the other side-- always. This particular section had no guardrails, so the descent to the river canyon below would have been unfettered by obstacles should fate decide to claim me. It occurred to me that the end would be mercifully quick.
Did that BIG BANG herald the beginning of the end for MovinSue?
Fortunately, I maintained control and saw a small shoulder ahead and pulled off theroad.
Now, you might think that this would simply take a cell phone call to summon Help.
WRONG! Even my smartphone is not smart enough to figure out how to catch signals at 4000 feet in a forest of mountains midway between Redding and Eureka.
I was resigned to summoning help from a random motorist. The first person to arrive was a female driving a trailer. She slowed down but did not stop as she apparently did not want to pull the trailer uphill from a dead stop in the middle of the road. I thought she appeared to be underpowered for mountain hauling--so OK-- I trotted along beside her slowed rig and asked her to stop in the Rest Area about 2 miles away and ask the employee to radio CHPS -(California Highway Patrol).
Almost 30 minutes later--here comes another car--Yay. A lone man--Nay. He did not stop or slow and that was actually OK with me. And, then I saw the same vehicle headed back in my direction. I was somewhat concerned but not alarmed as I approached the vehicle. I had already gotten my "convincer" out of the RV, made sure it was loaded and put it in my purse. The man asked if I needed assistance. I said Yes.
Eureka! Andy's Auto Care was there with a heavy duty tow truck, a garage and a wonderful woman named Candy. She took on my insurance company to get a faxed purchase order for Roadside Assistance which required talking to 3 different people--including some dude in Kazaquchstan whose English skills were almost non-existent. My knight in shining armour departed after he was certain I would get the assistance I needed from Candy and Andy.
The Highway Patrol finally arrived and stayed with me and my vehicle while the replacement tire was taken back to the shop to be put on the rim and balanced.
So, after two hours and $83 for the only used spare tire on the mountain, I was on my way.
After I got parked in my sister's yard, I discovered I had also sustained some body damage on the bumper which I am going to repair myself with some fiberglass poo concoction. The RV manufacturer gave me the paint color formula.
Sharon then warned me to always preview my exit from the RV before letting Cassie out because she has a Mama Bear and three Baby Bears in the area. The bears are especially active on garbage pickup days. She got a picture of the bears in her driveway to emphasize the need for caution.
I have been having a great time here in Eureka; my sister and I have already had massages at the school up the road where students try hard to please and the $25 price is right! We have already booked weekly massages through July.
I also met up with my friend Kate from Florida who is dating her ex-husband, Gary (who lives in Oregon).
I also got a 1992 Cadillac to drive while I was visiting for the summer. It is kind of a disposable car; it shakes and shimmies shamelessly on the road but is drivable and even has power seats and windows that work!
Cassie is having a blast being off leash most of the time and running with the country dogs, Ozzie and Bella. She had her first Doggie Day Care experience yesterday It's all About the Dogs!.
Only in California!