Day 9: Still Stuck in Fort Wayne

I can’t begin to describe how frustrated, angry, and miserable I am. No photos today since I spent the entire day, nearly pacing, at the repair shop. When I finally got handed the keys, it was 3:30 and they closed at 4. Sure enough, I got about 5 miles away, and “the sound” returned. I called them immediately and the desk woman said she’d have the mechanic wait for me (I was 5 minutes away). But he left, dinner reservations. And I’m stuck waiting until tomorrow morning. Sucks, sucks, sucks.

Today, the computer code came up with Sparkle needing a “cam sensor”. So the mechanic replaced that. Also, he discovered a loose rotor on the distributor which he believed was causing the dash noise. Latest theory, based on the desk woman’s call to the mechanic, is that the bearing on the distributor is bad. Tomorrow, he will replace the distributor first thing in the morning and I should be on my way. I’ll hit a few stops in Fort Wayne and do a little loop of other stops just in case I need to return. Ugh, sure hope not!

The dogs had a great day since there were two girls (the desk woman’s kids) stranded there as well for the day. The girls were all over the dogs all day: giving them Cheetos for tricks, taking them on walks around the building, etc. So the dogs didn’t get naps at all today and are even more exhausted than I am.

It feels like I’ve been stuck here for a week. It’s hard to even remember the fun things I’ve seen and places I’ve been. It’ll take me a few thousand miles to get my mind off the mechanical status of my van and back into the joy of this journey. Here’s hoping tomorrow night, I will have happier stories & interesting photos for you.

12 thoughts on “Day 9: Still Stuck in Fort Wayne

  1. A few thousand miles? Nahhh. You enjoy what you do too much. A few clicks of the odometer and a few clicks of the Nikon and you’ll be your self again.

    • Ah, but I’m a worrier. If the first mechanic had gotten things right, that’d be one thing. And I have some serious farmland coming up where my cell phone won’t be working.

  2. I am so sorry about these frustrating motor problems. Much better that it happened in sweet little Ft Wayne rather than Chicago.

    Mmmm, they say everything happens for a reason… so I wonder what disaster you are averting by being in this delay? We’ll probably never know, but I’m sure it would have been a doozie.

    I hope that you are taking this opportunity to check into a nice motel, get some good sleep, and maybe even a swim for yourself.

    • I think we’re finally good to go! Laid down a few uneventful hours this afternoon and looking forward to more of the same tomorrow in Chicago. I kept stressing to the mechanics for the past few days that my next stop was really skeevy neighborhoods in Chicago where it would NOT be good to break down. The Red Roof was nice enough — but I was too stressed to soak in much TV. And although I grew up on the beach, I never learned to swim. So no pool for me. It always concerns me that if the dogs get stuck in the water on a branch or something, I’ll be of no use — or drown while trying to help.

  3. I hope you are back on the road soon! I agree with Rob, give it a few miles and some amazing places to stop and you’ll forget all about this unwelcome detour.

    • I think I’ll feel much better tomorrow. After a few uneventful hours on the road, I did feel a little better with each photo. More at the blog later…

  4. Glad to see you and the pups are back on the road! Hopefully this won’t happen again. Is this little mishap going to put you behind schedule any?

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