Not much new to report on the saga of Petunia. I talked with the service manager at MB of Portland and he did say that, so far, it's "just the clutch" as far as they can see. They won't know for sure until the work is completed, they turn the motor on and put it in gear. To say the least, I'm nervous about that moment!
For me the quandary is: What should I do when it's fixed? Should I attempt to tow it? Should I look into other means of carrying it along on my travels? What happens if I do tow it and the same thing happens again?Questions, lots of questions. Not many answers. Kevin, at MB Portland, did tell me that since the Owner's Manual says, in no uncertain terms, that the vehicle can be flat-towed, I should go ahead and do that. My brain keeps reeling - I don't believe in my heart of hearts (!) that I did anything wrong with the towing process. I'm thinking that if I'd driven it in "Park" there would be visible wear and tear on the tires(!) and I've asked Kevin to check the tires for me. He performs as a good representative of his employer and has been most polite; I think he's really trying to help me; but I'm not feeling very calm - to say the least.
I wrote a long email to Paul, the salesman in El Dorado Hills, at the same email address I've used for him all along. But, now my emails are returning with "no such address" information. Hmmm. What's that about? I'm going to call the dealership today.
ENOUGH FOR NOW - I'm really using these blog posts as therapy sessions. I apologize to readers - but it does help!
I've just paid for two more days here at Milo McIver SP; it's very relaxing and pretty. Many of the sites are unoccupied and it's serene and quiet. When I spoke with the ranger this AM however, he told me that I'd have to vacate my site on Saturday as they're completely booked with advanced reservations. That'll be my 7th day and even if my car isn't ready I'll move in towards Portland - about 12 miles or so. My good friend, Renate, let me about an RV park that's located right on the Willamette River in Oregon City. I called and they don't take reservations, but the lady said she thought there'd be sites available.
Later I'll post some pix of this park - talk about green! It reminds me more of the State of Washington with its verdant undergrowth, moss and greenery. Almost everywhere one looks there're squirrels, birds, spiders, etc. When I'm not walking Lincoln on a leash, I secure him here at the site and he 'hunts' while tethered. Lacy loves meeting new dogs even though some, mostly smaller than her, scare her! Eleanor continues to languish around the 'house' with no desire to do any exploration of the great outdoors. I do take her outside from time to time; she sits on my lap and just looks with no interest in doing more than that.
That's about it for now. As we say in Mexico, "Más tarde!"