Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Trouble on I-80

East of Battle Mountain, the minivan broke down. Proximate cause was the serpentine belt, but the actual problem was that the fan was coming loose. AAA came and towed us to Elko, but it did take quite a while. We're now holed up in a hotel right next door to two auto repair shops, where we need to be on their doorstep when they open and beg them to fix the fan -- and hope that it isn't more serious and requires a new water pump.

U-Haul has a good rate on just the sort of cargo van that would do the job, but unfortunately, the nearest available such van is in Winnemucca, 130 miles behind us. We might have to spend $700 on a 10-foot U-Haul if we have to leave the Astro here in Elko for longer-term work.

On the bright side, we're not out the money on the hotel reservation in Wendover; they allowed us to change the reservation to a few days from now when -- if we can get the minivan working -- we planned on staying on the way home.

Nothing more I can do now. Must get a few hours of sleep before being up bright and early in order to be at the repair shop first thing in the morning.
Tags: astro, minivan, spikecon

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