Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Location: Mittry Lake near Yuma, Arizona
Woke up early this morning for a change. Even got a shot of the sun rising in the east.
Before I could even get Yuma out the door for a walk this morning the shooting and booming started over at the Yuma Proving Ground gun range. Yuma is deathly afraid of gunfire, fireworks or anything that makes a popping sound. So, Yuma laid in the hall by the bed all morning long.
He did step out long enough to eat breakfast and then he was back. I laid around after breakfast and read blogs and made comments for the morning. Here’s looking southwest toward the water from the RV this morning.
Finally the shooting stopped near noon and Yuma jumped in the Jeep and we were off. Had two things to accomplish today. Remember that flat tire? Well, today is the day to get it fixed. I also needed gas for the Jeep before I could go on any adventure ride in the days ahead.
I decided we would go north to Imperial Dam road and go around to the west side of Yuma to look for a tire shop.
Passed by this old bar for sale. Want to buy it?
Here’s a house just down the road that you could buy too.
After that we made it into Yuma. I don’t know how many times we went in and out of California to get into Yuma.
Passed this dead tree out in the middle of the crop fields.
The first tire shop I found was The Firestone Tire and Auto. The manager had one of his men, a Mexican, take the tire off the back of the Jeep. When he saw where the screw was, he said it was too close to the sidewall to repair safely and I needed to replace the tire.
I said I was just going to use it as a spare and didn’t want a new tire. Still no dice. While the Mexican was putting the tire back on the Jeep he told me in broken English that there was a Mexican tire place up the road that would fix it for me.
I know the manager is correct and couldn’t legally repair the tire unsafely, but I just wanted a spare for temporary use if needed in an emergency. I went down to Roberts Tire Shop and the owner, Roberto said he could do a hotfix and the tire would be fine as a spare. He had me back into his shop area and he got right to work. It wasn’t fifteen minutes and $20 later the tire was back on the Jeep.
That’s the Mexican way of getting things done.
I think he does a booming tire and rim business here.
We left his shop and soon found a gas station and filled the Jeep. My day is done. I decided I would go back to Mittry Lake from the east side of Yuma. Took a few photos along the way.
There is a place along the south side of the lake with snakes of land stretching out into the lake with Palm trees. Beautiful for photos.
After we go home we did a lot of this for the remainder of the day.
Even got a sundown photo today.
Time for dinner. See you later.