Wednesday, February 24, 2021


 7:41 am - Wednesday - February 24th - Wittmann, AZ - 46° F, 49% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north......crystal, clear, blue skies again today with a forecast high of 77° F.  On this date in 2017 I was walking to work at the General Store at Desert View at the Grand Canyon after a fresh snowfall.....↴

I spent about 90 minutes helping Bob finish trimming the trees, and bushes back from the rest of Tom's fence, but had to withdraw around 10:30 am to take a shower, and get ready to drive into Surprise for lunch.  As I alluded at the very end of yesterday's post I received a call from Turbo & Electric of Phoenix that the rebuild on my Leece-Neville, gear driven alternator was complete, and I could pick it up any time.  Ironically, we had plans to meet my ex-brother-in-law, Charles Wilson, in Surprise for lunch at 11:30 am, so it was just a matter of continuing south on Grand Ave. to Phoenix after lunch to pick up the alternator.

We left home around 11:05 am to make the 25 minute drive to a local Mexican restaurant, and arrived exactly at 11:30 am to find Charles had arrived just minutes earlier.  We chose to dine alfresco, and were the only ones on this delightfully balmy day to do so.  Charles, and his former wife, Bobbi, met us numerous times during successive summers around the country (Lake Tahoe, Yellowstone, Mount Desert Island in Maine, etc) as we traveled full time.  They have a very nice 5th wheel, in which they traveled each summer to escape the Phoenix heat.  Regrettably, Bobbi died suddenly about 10 months ago just following successful hip replacement surgery.  It was good to see Charles is doing well, and to spend an hour talking about everything under the sun.  He will continue to travel each summer, and I am sure our nomadic paths will cross again soon.

It is about 19 miles from Surprise to Turbo & Electric, and we covered that quickly arriving there a little after 1 pm.  Within minutes I was reunited with my Leece-Neville alternator, and we were on our way home.......

The work tag....they replaced a lot of stuff!

.....after a quick stop to top off the Honda CRV gas tank, and another at the Walmart in Surprise, we were home around 3 pm.  While we were gone I received notification from UPS that my new Speedhut digital tachometer had been delivered, so you know what I did first thing, right?  Yup, you know me.....I installed it......

.....that is the easy part.  Now I have to run the 50' cable back to the engine bay, and connect it to my rebuilt alternator, then calibrate it with the engine running.  Once that is done I can then install my new Flexsteel seat, and we are ready to hit the road once again!  

Once that was done I called our dentist in Los Algodones to move our dental appointment up to this coming Monday, March 1st, at 11:30 am.  I also made an appointment with Purcell Tire in Phoenix to have the two new Micheline tires we ordered installed this Friday, then return to Wittmann for two more nights before we depart for Los Algodones on Sunday.

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