Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Into Indio.....

6:34 am - Tuesday - November 22nd - GNHS -  47° F, 44% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north by northeast.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 73° F.  The view this morning.....↴

.....and on this date in 2013 TLE and I were viewing a sunrise at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park in Riverside, CA.......

I needed a haircut, and it was time for a major shopping again, so we began our drive into Indio/La Quinta around 9:15 am, arriving at the Supercuts at exactly 10 am....the time they open.  It's a good thing we were there first, because there was a line out the door shortly after I sat down in the chair to get my ears lowered.  

We had many stops to make this day, and the next stop after Supercuts was Trader Joe's, then across Highway 111 to Stater Brothers, then back east on Highway 111 to Walmart where we picked up a few things.....you know, it is really easy to get into Walmart, but getting out can be a chore.  The DIY terminals always have a long line now, and they never have enough cashiers on duty.  We probably spent less than 15 minutes shopping, and over 15 getting though the checkout line.....uggggh!  On our way to our next stop, Home Depot, the Beetle battery light came on indicating the battery was not being charged.....doh!!

The 2001 VW Beetles have an issue with the high voltage box which sits on top of the battery case with the main 10 amp terminal getting too hot, and melting either the plastic box, or the fusible link.  I have had the box replaced twice by my mechanic, and most recently I replaced it back in late 2019 while we were at Ramona Oaks RV Resort.  Because we've had issues over the years I check it periodically to see if all looks well, and I had just checked it a week ago.  Well, apparently the nut holding the 10 amp cable in place worked its way loose causing an intermittent connection, which increased the resistance, and caused the connection to heat up, resulting in the 10 amp fusible link doing its job, and melting.  Well, at least the problem was obvious, and what do you know?  I had a spare fusible link in my tool bag, so it was just a matter of removing the damaged fusible link, and replacing it with a fresh, new one.....easy peezy!

While I fixed the fusible link issue, TLE headed into Home Depot to buy some pots into which to transplant her growing cacti she bought a month ago.  I joined her a short time later to buy a few things I needed, and we were on our way to our final stop of the day.....COSTCO to first fuel up the VW with Premium Unleaded at an amazing price of just $4.79/gallon.....the least we have paid in over a year.  Then, into the store itself.....man, was it ever crowded, and on a Monday, no less.  After buying just a few things we got in another long line to check out, and while we were doing so decided to have a quick lunch there....I love their Ballpark Nathan's hotdogs!  Only $1.50 for the hot dog and a drink per person........

.....we didn't get home until 2:30 pm....that was a much longer shopping day than we had anticipated.  We found out upon arrival home that Bob had rented out one of the Kawasaki 2 seaters while we were gone, and I still needed to wash the RZR 4 seaters from their Sunday rental as we have them plus 2 Kawasaki's going out on a full day rental Tuesday morning.  I also needed to put on the new tires Bob brought for the white RZR (#5), so I got busy doing all of that, plus washing the Kawasaki when it returned right near sundown.  By the time I was finished it was right at sundown, so I snapped this great sundown picture.......

.....after putting away all of the stuff I had out to change the tires it was almost 5:30 pm, and I was tired.  I took a shower, had some dinner, and then TLE and I headed out to the 'lido deck' to play what turned out to be 9 games of Backgammon......TLE won the tie breaker in a very close match.

On a side note, Bob took the damaged RZR down to El Central to an ATV place to have the damaged assessed, and get a repair estimate.  It appears, including parts and labor, it will only cost $3,000 to fix it, so that is great news for the customer.

Thanks for  stopping by!

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