As most of you know, Doug is an excellent backyard mechanic and does so much pre-long-trek maintenance. For weeks, he checks everything and then checks it all again. Sometimes, however, things just go wrong.
After Kamloops, we smelled brakes. Kamloops is full of long steep hills, nothing unusual. About an hour later, Doug noticed something fly off the lead trailer tire. More brake smell and then it seemed like the brake was stuck on hard. We pulled over.
Long and short of the story, in layman's terms, the grease seal that holds the grease for the bearing had completely blown out. The bearing was "fried".
We were safely off the road between Hwy 1 and three other major roads. Noisy as all get out. Okay, parts? Along came good Samaritan #1. Local retired fireman knows where and what for everything in the area, drives Doug to Sorrento (about 10 k back down the road) to a parts place. They don't have the parts but by coincidence, guy's wife is in Kamloops and she will bring the parts by 8:00 am the next morning.
About supper time Good Samaritan #2, the parts place manager, comes to check on our progress.
After a sleepless night, Samaritan #1 comes to pick Doug up. Wrong parts! He will order the right to be picked up on Salmon Arm in a few hours.
At this point Doug has decided that if one seal has failed, he is not taking any chances, he will replace them all. So that he can keep on working, I drive the 30 k to Salmon Arm, armed with a picture of the right part. Back I go, right part, but the mounting pieces are not included. Back to Salmon Arm, get the mounting pieces, A-okay but the washer is wrong. Back to Sorrento for right washer. Oops, we need two. By 4:30, a very exhausted Doug declares it is done. All is fixed.
We made Salmon Arm, dirty, tired and hungry. Over-nighted in the parking lot of the shopping mall Doug's brother owned until last year. Much much quieter.
This is a picture of the proximity of the "home" Doug's mother is in and our rig. The window you see in the upper corner is her room.
but not much sense. Then she had an episode. We thought we had lost her and that's what she wants, but she came around. Doug will visit later today.
Tomorrow, we are off again. Next is Cranbrook, BC before we leave the province.