Yesterday I opened my Valentine’s package from Jean. I opened the package expecting the lovely heart pincushion and found a Roger’s Chocolates chocolate heart as well as a circle made of handwoven pieces. Thank you Jean!
One might wonder why it took so long for me to receive a parcel mailed 3 weeks ago. I had Jean mail the parcel to where I thought I would receive it soonest. As it turned out it took longer than anticipated. A worn out alternator in my car took a bit of time to replace. I finally left Thursday and ran into more excitement of a variety I can do without and not because road conditions can be variable at this time of year.
Thursday morning the temperature had dipped into the freezing zone so roads were a bit icy. I left around 9 a.m. so that I wouldn’t be driving on icy roads. The day was nice, the road was good and I was enjoying my drive stopping off at a great coffee shop midway and to top up the gas tank. This drive usually takes approx. 6 hours so I was hoping to get to Ladner mid-afternoon to visit with family then catch an evening ferry to the island. But that didn’t happen. I left Princeton just after lunch and about a half hour later the car started to shake and I wondered if I had a flat tire. Slowing down I could tell that wasn’t the problem. At this point I wasn’t far from the East Gate service station at the edge of Manning Park, so slowed down to a crawl until I could pull off the road. Cell phone coverage is non-existent through this section of highway so I was relieved to get the car to where there would be a phone. The next place with a telephone would be Manning Park Lodge, another 15-20 min. drive. The gas station doesn’t have a mechanic but the station attendant was nice enough to come over to have a look at the car and saw right away that two of the lag bolts were missing from the right front tire with a third partly loose! Yikes! I had just had a tire change and balance the day before in preparation for the drive. I had driven just over 200 km. so wheel and tire trouble was not something I thought would be a problem! Especially completely missing bolts.
I have road-side insurance so phoned for a tow truck to get the car to the nearest available repair shop. The East Gate is around an hour drive from Hope, so I had to wait for the tow truck, which took closer to 2 hours from my phone call to arrive. At Hope the tire repair shop had two bolts that would do the job adequately and get me the rest of the way. There was no visible damage to the wheel so the bolts were put in place and I was told to check them within 100 km. Lucky – I wasn’t looking forward to spending the night in a motel and then waiting until the bolts could be delivered sometime the next day. The car was roadworthy again around 6:00 p.m. It was getting dark and rainy and I had another couple of hours to drive. I knew I wouldn’t be on time for the ferry, but had a place to stay with family overnight. I caught a ferry the next morning and will now have to arrange for the bolts to be delivered. But I did arrive safe and mostly sound.
I had planned to go to Leola’s studio this weekend for the Unfinished Project project at Whippletree Junction, but will now have to visit another day.