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“A Summer's Awakening” — Episode 3

by Barbara H. Callihan

Before leaving Pahrump my mechanic brought to my attention that my new to me trailer was too heavy for my truck rear springs, causing my truck to squat, and giving me the scary sense of floating as the front of the truck lifted. Yikes! I tried to make an appointment to have ‘air springs’ installed before I left, but none were available in Pahrump or Vegas till late the following week. My plans were to arrive at Mark Bolender’s Bolender Horse Park in Washington by August 2nd, and I would need to drive cautiously and slower than planned, which meant it would take longer to get there. So, I made my appointment with Curtis RV in Beaverton Oregon for Wednesday July 27th.

Curtis RV was friendly and professional, and their installation time of the air springs was exactly as they had quoted over the phone. Unexpectedly they discovered that I needed the roof of my new trailer recaulked, and that there were mud wasp nests deep into the propane channel of the water heater! In the end, it only took one additional day, and I was on the road, after picking up Chunky Monkey from Rita’s, making the final leg of my trip to Bolender Horse Park.

I thought I would beat the freeway traffic by leaving mid-day. It was a good thought, however, I found myself in bumper to bumper traffic on I-405 for about 45 minutes. It was a very nerve-wracking experience as impatient drivers were weaving in and out at 20 to 30 mph, and jumping in front of me to fill the open space I allowed in front of my rig to give me space to break!!! Glad I had excellent brakes on my truck and trailer and deep pockets of patience that afternoon. Of course, I felt empathy and concern for Chunky Monkey as her balance was being challenged with the herky-jerky, stop and go traveling!

In the end, I arrived at Bolender Horse Park as scheduled on Tuesday, August 2nd just as a ‘gully washer’ rain storm was ending. I hesitated at the base of their short but steep gravel driveway as the water rushing down tumbled small gravel, as I do not have 4-wheel drive. My confidence was definitely challenged! I pushed aside my nerves even as my trucks tires began slipping. Ever so slowly with my gear stick in low-1, I made up the slippery road to my destination. Yaaaaaaaah!

My Possibilities are becoming Successes, a theme that had begun to emerge from my Journey.

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