I wish all we did today was celebrate “Leslee’s 40th Birthday” !!!!
We would have done it up Big !!! We could have even had a cake, yes, an ice cream cake, with 40 Big Candles on it !!! But, unfortunately, it was way too hot, and we weren’t having one of our best days. It was going great throughout the morning and afternoon, and then after we pulled into the campground in Lindau, we found the campground just about totally full. Now remember, it is HOT, (did I say HOT ???) and we needed some shade…. After personally going over all the choices of spots to camp, we decided to move on. We no sooner got ourselves just across a main street, “Bumble Bee” decided she had had enough of that heat. Now I know you have no idea of how much “stuff” we are carrying, and if we have to get back into the engine compartment, it means EVERYTHING has to be moved out and stored somewhere. First of all, I put out the Safety Triangle, and then gathered Louise and we walked across the street (trying not to look like the people who own that VW Van stuck halfway out into the street of a main street in town, on a HOT day …) We went across the street to get a drink !!! Of water of course… After a few futile attempts and the car is still not going to go, I asked Lou if she would go back to the campground and phone for a tow truck…well, what else can you do ??? While she was gone, I went back across the street, and started moving everything to the center of the van (it looked like a bomb had gone off in there when I had finished). Then a thought crossed my mind, (yep, it does happen every once in a while), we probably have a vapor lock… I opened up the hatch and found some water, started pouring it all over the pipes around the fuel pump and the carburetor. I then made a dash to the front and tried again to start her…SHE STARTED !!! I turned her off after I was sure she had been cured, and waited for Lou to come back. When she arrived, she told me the tow truck would be there in 45 minutes, so I made a snap decision …”go back and tell them not to come”… I don’t think she was too happy with that “snap decision”, but off she went, but telling me that “Bumble Bee had better run !!!”
Well, we did find a new campground, and we did have a few trees for some shade, but it was still HOT. The campground before was on a lake, and this one has a large swimming pool, so we are now “happy campers” again.
Sorry Les, we didn’t have a cake, but we did toast you with a glass of “fine imported” wine… Happy Birthday