Saturday, December 24, 2022


6:42 am - Christmas Eve - December 24th - GNHS - 50° F, humidity 64%, wind 4 mph out of the south......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies this morning with a forecast high of 74° F.  On this date in 2013 Rod proposed to our daughter, Sharon.  He is a good man, and I am proud to call him son......↴ 

Friday was our biggest rental day yet with all seven UTV's going out in the morning.....

They're all gone!

As I told TLE, the more rentals you have in the field the greater the odds are that it is not if, but when will you get a call for a resecue.  Our first call came around 11:40 am from one of the RZR customers......their engine would start, and run, but the RZR (#5) would not move.  Not knowing what the problem was I headed out in the Kawasaki Mule to tow the RZR back.  It took me about 20 minutes to reach them as they were almost to the Bat Caves.  Upon arrival it became clear that the problem was a broken drive belt, so I hooked up our tow strap and towed them back to the office where Kyle met me, and confirmed my diagnosis.  He was able to replace the drive belt in about 20 minutes, and they were back on their way.

By this time it was around 1 pm, and I had not had lunch.  I was just telling TLE I was going to get a bite to eat when the rescue phone rang again.....doh!  Another broken belt....this time on RZR #4.  This time I called Kyle and he made his way over to the office where both jumped in the Mule and headed out to the train trestle, which is about 15 miles away.  It took us about 30 minutes to arrive, and within 20 minutes Kyle had the belt replaced on #4.....they continued on their tour, and we returned to the office, arriving there just after 3 pm.  

Once again I told TLE I was going inside to get a bite, and just as I turned to head into the Newell the two Kawasaki KRX rentals returned.....they had a flat tire, which they changed out in the field, but I needed to check the flat tire to see if it could be plugged, or if we had to charge them for a ruined tire.  By the time I made that determination (it could not be plugged....the hole was way too big), the RZR group began to return, so instead of getting a bite to eat I just began to wash each unit, and put them away.  By the time I finished with all 7 UTVs it was 5:30 pm, and pitch black.

I worked 9.5 hours straight Friday without a break, or anything to eat.....what a crazy, fun, perplexing day it was!  We've now had 4 flats on the KRXs, and none on the RZRs, but we've had 3 belts fail on the RZRs.  According to Kyle they've only had one RZR belt fail in 3 years, and now we've had 3 in two months.

Needless to say, I was one tired puppy when TLE and I stepped back inside our Newell sanctuary.  I took a very hot shower, put on some pajamas, and sat down to enjoy and adult beverage.  TLE served peppered bacon and scrambled eggs with some sourdough toast for dinner (I forgot it was bacon Friday), watched a few of my favorite YouTube channels, and was in bed before 10 pm.  What will Christmas Eve bring?

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