|Early Tuesday morning - closing up.|
|Tight but manageable exit from the RV park in Peachland, BC.|
|Heading west towards Merritt, BC before heading north on Highway 5.|
|Snow on the Coquihalla Connector high mountain pass.|
|Just east from Mount Robson - the curve below is where our tires began burning blue smoke.|
|Tires rubbing together at 60 mph does not bode well for a safe journey.|
|The reason for the blue smoke and now damaged new tires.|
As I write this, we are well over five hours east from where our 5th wheel sits precariously on the edge of a major highway. It has not been recovered yet. AAA has contracts for the special equipment but not with a nearby town. Get this, the recovery trailer and special truck has to travel from Banff, Alberta - a full four + hours away. From there, our rig has to be hauled to the town of Hinton, Alberta - another 1.5 hours east from where it presently sits.
I received a call from towing firm this morning, asking if I was sitting near my 5th wheel. AAA had promised they would explain our circumstances - funeral arrangements, etc...and the need for us to be where we are now - but the tow truck firm had no inkling of our situation. It is, in short, a bizarre and incompetent handling of what should be a linear process. I am far too puzzled to say more....but I sure could! My faith in human beings continually erodes as I face such high levels of incompetence and lack of decisiveness.
|Having a look at the problem|
|The broken shackle ....and hoping that the axle is not damaged.|
|Damaged new tire.|
|Ho Hum! At least the tanks are clean!|
|Fridges are empty and loaded into the truck. Our clothing is in the truck too.|
|Sure hope the rig survived the night, and the day, before it is safely removed to a repair facility. Nice view though....but the fiver looks lonely sitting there!|
We have more urgent priorities. The funeral arrangements are first! Consoling and spending quality time with Jeanette's mom is most important. That's our goal today. Family will take precedence over a broken shackle....and towing.....and repairs!
Thanks for dropping in, as usual.