Busking and Breaking Down….

Boo!

I must admit it has been rather a MIXED BAG since our last post, we reached California:

Woohoo!!!!

Woohoo!!!!

Saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed in Trinidad:

Wowzers!

Wowzers!

and reached San Francisco:

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We caught up with our gorgeous friend Bonnie who works at Skywalker sound- GEORGE LUCAS’S studio, and mixes sound for Disney films:

Ooooh!!

Bonnie and Rich

Bonnie and Rich

On leaving San Francisco we got about 14 miles South on highway 1 and broke down going up a hill…. Our ‘marvellous’ breakdown company ‘Good Sams’ turned out to be devils in disguise and refused to help tow us off the highway for TWO DAYS!!!!!!! (Don’t worry, a sternly worded email has been written, received, and apologies have been made)… We ended up with a parking fine and a warning from the SHERIFF that he would tow us off the hill in 72 hours:

yikes!

yikes!

Luckily Good Sams got their act together and poor old Harvey was scooped up, tail between his legs, to a garage:

Poor old Harvey.

Poor old Harvey.

In a nutshell, we thought they fixed it, they hadn’t, on the way BACK to the garage we overheated (a totally different problem to the initial), Rich spent a week trying to fix the overheating problem, broke a few other things on the way:

Oh dear.

Oh dear.

Eventually fixed it, took it for a test drive and of course the FIRST problem reared it’s ugly head again, and now we are once more, broken down at the top of a DIFFERENT hill. Hopefully Mr Sheriff will steer clear until the garage can fit us in again on Monday.

We managed a spot of busking to fund our mechanic bills last weekend and ended up having a great time. Lovely lovely people gave us lots of money and danced in the street with their children and Timmy. We felt a bit better after that. And could afford to buy ketchup and mayo which we had run out of. DISASTER!!!!!

We now face every English-person’s nightmare-

WE ONLY HAVE THREE TEABAGS LEFT.

So busking it is tomorrow, to earn the right to a proper good brew.

There are worse places to break down dear readers, Pacifica has a gorgeous beach:

Pacifica in the background.

Pacifica in the background.

Sunset over the pier.

Sunset over the pier.

and friendly people, however we REALLY HOPE we can bust a groove out of here soon……

Still, it’s all part of the adventure….

 

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4 thoughts on “Busking and Breaking Down….

  1. Oh dear Kate and Rich I am so sorry to read this sad story and a bit worried you were threatened by the sheriff!
    However I have really enjoyed reading it and seeing the wonderful photos and California does look an amazing place. I have managed to subscribe myself now to Timmy the English pig, so I will enjoy reading more of your adventures! Love you loads and loads, Mumsy xxxx

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  2. Oh man, can we relate! We bought a brand new 2014 Thor Tuscany 45-foot Class A Motorcoach, and five days into our year-long journey we also had to be towed. Turns out the ignition wire had come loose from its harness and frayed through against the drive shaft. We have to keep a spreadsheet of all the service and repairs needed. At least it’s covered under warranty. But motorcoach traveling is fraught with trouble…yet so worth it, right?? Keep up the great attitude and I look forward to more posts!

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    • Thanks for finding us!!!! Man, how stressful for you to break down with a brand new RV-at least our old girl has an excuse!! Yes, it has been a testing few weeks, but we have fitted a new fuel pump and (everything crossed) it has made it up several hills over the last two days….. Phew…. Lived your manatees story by the way, good luck with your travels and happy Christmas xx

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