We drove up to our membership park, Wilderness Lakes, in Menifee, and stopped at the ranger station to check in, as we've done so many times before. However, we were shocked, after getting our paperwork, when the coach's engine wouldn't start! We were blocking the check-in lane, so the first order of business was to go out back and direct those starting to line up behind us to go around. Then we realized that our new bicycles, hanging on a rack on the back of the motorhome, prevented our opening the engine compartment - so the first order of business was to remove them from their rack, and then we had to unload the car from the tow dolly so that we could lay the bikes on the tow dolly
! Greg tested a couple of things in the engine compartment, but nothing seemed to change - it would crank, but not start. He figured it might be the fuel shut-off valve malfunctioning, but there was nothing he could do about it. After about 45 minutes or so, we gave in and called Coach Net, our emergency road service, and asked them to send a big-rig tow truck out. About a half hour or so later, expecting that tow truck would get there soon, Greg took one final "stab" at it - turned the key, and lo and behold, it started! The rangers waved us in, relieved to have their check-in lane available again, and we found a site and settled in for the evening. As he often does, Greg pondered the problem all night long, and the next morning he called the truck service that we would have been towed to and discussed the problem, and determined that it must have been a shut-off solenoid - he ordered the part, and had it fixed that afternoon - without paying the additional $350 we had been quoted for the part and repair! We are SO lucky that Greg's talents extend into so many areas - more often than not, he's able to solve any problem we have!
So, after that somewhat bewildering beginning to our stay here, we settled in and enjoyed our time, filling our afternoons with reading and bicycling around the park, meeting up with new and old friends, touring wineries, and enjoying some beautiful sunny, hot days!
We started out from a slightly frosty Apache Junction, Arizona on Monday morning, January 10th, knowing that Zach had gone off to his first day at his new school, and hoping that he and his Mom and Dad would now be settled in and starting this new chapter of their life. The drive was uneventful - we were greeted in California by the same snow-topped mountains we had left behind on New Year's Eve, but the day was warming up, so we were looking forward to more time outdoors in the weeks ahead.