We arrived in Cloverdale on Friday after some very tense hours on the road. The GPS decided to pack it in and, of course, we don't have a map. The GPS would not charge and we had to rely on the remaining battery power. RRR spent hours pressing the "stay on" button, trying desperately to keep the unit going until we got past Indianapolis. We made it to the Cloverdale RV park just in time. Nui was able to charge it just enough to allow her to find a Walmart and buy a new Garmin. The new unit sucks - it has a horrible, whiny female voice instead of the deep baritone we're used to and half the usual applications are missing. Still, it stays on which is a real treat.
We therefore decided to stay put for one more day, since we did not have a chance to see the wonders of Cloverdale, which is renowned for its covered bridges. These may or may not be amazing attractions because we had to look for an hour and a half before finding just one of them. Cloverdale's budget doesn't appear to allow for signage. You would think that if covered bridges were your big claim to fame, you would at least stick a sign up somewhere. Even the locals couldn't tell us much about where to find them.
To cap off the day, we bent one of the retaining pins on the tow assembly. Even though the sales person had told Nui this was not possible to do, she still managed. Fortunately, she had the foresight to buy extras and we will be able to leave tomorrow for Cuba, MO as scheduled. EXCEPT..... Nui slammed the car door on the adaptor for the "Brake Buddy", which smashed to bits and the fuse broke. Ever resourceful, we found a new fuse and glued/taped the adaptor together. The way our luck is running, we expect the car to burst into flames sometime tomorrow morning.
RRR says trouble comes in 3's (notice the 3 R's in her name). So: GPS, bent pin, broken brake system...... we're done! Now we're safe.