Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oh, oh, Help!

Yesterday I was driving out of the campground area and when I got onto the exit road, I heard thump, thump, thump coming from my right rear wheels.  Oh, oh, that didn't sound good.  I thought I probably had a flat tire. 

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:

Bad Rock!

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.

WELCOME to our newest Follower, Karla Ledtje!  Karla you don't have anything listed about yourself, so I can't share any info, but if you have a blog let me know and I'll share it with our readers.  Thank you for following along with me and Katie.  Welcome aboard to you!  :)

Look at this beautiful moon from Saturday night:

From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone!  :)


  1. That rock is huge. Jim says you really need to have those tires double checked because a rock like that could have done some damage.

    You and Katie sure look good with Santa.

  2. That was a stroke of good luck that you were able to get that rock out... but Good Sam would have come through. Boy Santa has a sweeeeet ride!!

  3. That was a freaky thing to happen...I agree, have your tires checked just to be safe!

    Cute picture with Santa....of course you were on the nice side!

  4. Yup, I third it on getting the tires checked.

    Just LOVE that Santa Rig! So THAT is what he does the other 11 months of year, eh?

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  5. That Santa looks just like the Santa we met in Arkansas a few years ago! Brought back some happy memories of our travels…Glad your friends got that rock out…yikes!

  6. Is this one of those little bumps along the road? :)

  7. Santa has quite the rig !! I believe I saw it last year.

  8. Oh my that was some rock!

    And Santa rocks too!!! :)

  9. You are definitely having a rocking good time over there in Quartzsite alright:))

  10. That's a really big rock to have lodged between your tires. Glad it was an easy fix. Love the Santa rig.

  11. Glad someone could get the rock out from between your tires. I like Santa's rig. I saw one similar to that in West Texas but it was a brownish yellow.

  12. Wow. huge rock! And what a huge rig Santa has! I am glad he gets to travel the other 11 mos of the year in a warmer version of his Christmas sleigh.

  13. We've had several flat tires while at "q" and know there are lots of things out there that one can pick up. Glad it wasn't a flat and glad you got it taken care of.

  14. Sure glad that wasn't a flat!
    What a huge rock, holy hanna!

    Nice photo of you guys and Santa!

    Love his set up for sure.

  15. So glad you had good sense about not driving with that big rock stuck in there!

  16. If Jim Dixon says have the tires checked, I'd have them checked! Jim is a genius when it comes to motorhomes, fifth wheels, etc.

  17. Well, that's a new one for me. I've never heard of a rock getting stuck, I mean really stuck, between the tires. Boy, those strong, talented and equipped men do come in handy, don't they.
    It's frustrating to have something like that happen and have to wait for AAA or Good Sam to get around to helping you out.
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  18. If that happens again with a rock and there's no help around, you could let air out of one of the tyres and that should enable you to get the rock out. But first make sure you have an air pump handy to reinflate the tyre. I too would get the tyres checked out.

  19. If that happens again with a rock and there's no help around, you could let air out of one of the tyres and that should enable you to get the rock out. But first make sure you have an air pump handy to reinflate the tyre. I too would get the tyres checked out.

  20. I feel like I am missing so much fun when I read your posts. Only 4 more work days until my retirement. My life won't be as exciting as yours but I am looking forward to some new adventures.


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