homeless day 37
Well when it rains it pours. someone bought me a night's stay at motel 6, and I got maybe 3 hrs sleep due to the air conditioning not working, and the window falling out of the frame. it had to be held in with cardboard shims. I did take the chance to shave the head and beard. (see new pic)
then when I left to go to Mt. Shasta to get my water pump replaced, I checked the water before I left, but didn't get 2 miles up on the freeway and the temp gauge shot up to maximum. I pulled over immediately and shut it off. I raised the hood and turned on my flashers and waited. I had expected that the CHP would be the first to come stop behind me, but instead a p/u truck with a guy, 2 girls and 5 dogs stopped. they let me use their cell to call AAA towing. no more than 3 minutes after they leave, the CHP shows up. I told him help was on the way.
He said, "yeah, that's your tow truck down there across the highway picking up another car. he'll drop that one off and be back to get you." well, I got towed to the mechanic's who was shocked to see me being towed in. he said, "well this explains why you weren't here 90 min ago like you were supposed to be."
I should back up a bit and say that because of how last night went, the manager gave me a coupon for a free night at any motel 6. little did I know I'd be back here again tonight using the coupon. a friend of the mechanic gave me a ride back to weed to check in.
This room I am in now is VERY well air conditioned and the window works!!
The mechanic says we're looking at maybe $89 in labor so far. he's going to flush the radiator, recheck the thermostat, recheck the radiator after flushing, and check the heater core as well as replace the water pump.
Someone from ireport messaged me and asked what my route will be. she said she would check the resources in her area for showers, meals, overnight sleeping, and gas vouchers. I told her that would be great!
THAT is the kind of help I would like to have readers give me. if you Google map driving directions from mount Shasta Calif, 96067 to Mooresville, NC, 22815 and see if I am passing near you, if you could check those kind of resources in your area and let me know before the 18th, I'd appreciate it. travelers aid, 211, St. Vincent de Paul, shelters, cooling centers, AARP chapters, food, gas, any kind of resources in your area, it would sure help. I'm going to sit back, enjoy a lil telly in a cool room and just relax.