We Have Arrived
Indio, California: A very long day.
Our longest driving day of the trip south. 265 miles.
Before leaving Bakersfield this morning, during our safety check ritual, DT
noticed a massive blow-up turkey in front of the resort. He asked that I take
his photo with the turkey for Leo.
My Driver does not follow social media, so he has no
idea I plastered this photo on Facebook and Instagram. (Did you know you can
follow me on
Twitter? I'm the hippest Bubbe ever.)
Our drive today was over Tehachapi Pass and down through San Bernardino and
into the Coachella Valley to Indo. We stopped to top-off the tank and have
lunch in Victorville.
Sister-in-Law Gina had given us so many veggies from her
prolific organic garden. Today her cherry tomatoes were the star in our
"bowls" - brown rice, black beans,
Yumm! Sauce, shredded cheddar, Gina's tomatoes, sliced olives, sliced
avocados and fresh cilantro.
A great refueling stop - for our gas tank and our bellies.
After climbing up and down so many hills and mountain passes today, with outdoor
temperatures reaching ONLY 85 degrees, our
monitoring system began beeping telling us our tag axle tires were over 194
degrees - about fifty degrees above normal. 50,000-plus miles, this is the first
time we have had this warning... and let me tell you, 85 degree outdoor
temperatures are nothing in our resume.
Since we were not familiar with this warning, it was decided we should pull-over
to the nearest shady spot and let the tires cool down
while I googled like a
madwoman on my phone to better understand the alert. We phoned
Schwab in Junction City, Oregon where our tires were installed last year. They were
extremely helpful (duh!) and noted our SmarTire system may have not been
reprogrammed/adjusted when we had new tires installed? We can't recall either,
but the tech advised us to keep a watch on the temperatures and if it climbed
much over 200-degrees, we needed to pull-over and rest for an hour before
continuing. Good advice. The Les Schwab tech also said this is very common when
coming down long hills and braking a lot. (Oh, yeah, we just did that.)
As we continued to Indio, the tire temperatures dropped and dropped until they
were completely normal again. No idea what the issue was, or if, indeed, there
is an issue.
After pulling into the beautiful
Country Club we could care less about our tire temperature trouble. Tires?
Not when you have this view.
Maricella and her crew had cleaned our casita and outdoor living
space. The gardener had planted a zillion yellow flowers. We have arrived to
We arrived just in time for Happy Hour at the Clubhouse.
Until my next update, I remain, your normal-temperature correspondent.
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