I stopped on the side of the road and got out. I checked the rear tires with my eyes and hands, all around, and didn't see a flat tire or rocks stuck in the treads. I got back in and drove on. Thump, thump, thump.
I stopped again and pulled over by the Visitor's/Registration Office. I got out and checked the right rear tires again, and this time they were in the right position to see this:
I tried and tried to get it out, tried to leverage it out with a crow bar, but it wouldn't budge at all. Just then a young couple stopped and I asked him if he could pull the rock out. They were so nice to try to help, but even though he got some tools out and tried until his face was RED, he was unable to dislodge the rock.
I could have called Good Sam Emergency Road Service and had the outer tire loosened, but instead I made a call to the Dingbats. Hazel checked to see who was in camp, and soon Don and Gary drove down to see what the problem was. Gary, shown below, brought a box of tools with him and using his super power strength, was able to get the rock out from between the tires. As I said to him, "Gary, you're the MAN!"
See the rock on the ground to his right?
Here is is again, on my kitchen counter, see how it's a little curved on the sides - that's how it was lodges in between the tires. It had to be sitting just like this to be squeezed into the space when I drove over it:
Just a few minutes ago I figured out where I picked up the rock. It was on the end of the line of rocks I put out around my site. When I left my site before, I was going out toward the left but I have a new neighbor who is parked in the place I drove through, so yesterday I turned in the other direction and drove over that last rock. I didn't even see it. I put it back at the end of the line of rocks - but a little further in. Next time I'll give myself a little more room for the right hand turn.
Santa and some of his helpers are again parked in Quartzsite, resting up from their very busy Christmas Eve travels. Katie and I asked for a photo, and here we are:
I'm the one who is squinting - as you can tell, the sun was very bright! Notice I'm on the "Nice Side." Santa is on the "Naughty Side." I wonder what he did?
I wanted to get more photos of Santa's Vacation Home, but the next day he traveled to Mexico, so these are photos from a previous year:
The little red car above fits into the lower blue door of his rig, and he just drives away with no toad.
See ya next year, Santa.
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Look at this beautiful moon from Saturday night:
From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone! :)