After a couple days at the Casino just East of Crater Lake, the Gumbos and their traveling companions headed for Sisters, Oregon. Blanche (in the 19′ Escape trailer that was traveling with the Gumbos) found a nifty free campsite called Cold Spring Campground just outside of Sisters, Oregon.
This was a beautiful semi-deserted campground that featured a peaceful setting, easy dog-walking and easy access to the quaint town of Sisters.
But, as usual, the Gumbos found a way to make an easy back-in campsite become a near disaster! The problem was that Duwayne, while attempting to do a really nice parking job, didn’t notice this wooden post that marked the edge of an opposing campsite.
What he managed to do was to hang up the steering gear of the truck on this stoopid post! So, when Duwayne attempted to back the 5th wheel into the campsite, he realized that he could only turn the steering wheel to the left – the wheel would NOT turn the the right! Duwayne realized that he had seriously screwed up the steering gear. With thoughts of calling a tow truck and an expensive repair bill filling his thoughts, he walked around pulling out what few hairs he has left. After managing to back Gumbo into the campsite with limited steering capabilities, he awaited the arrrival of his friend Beau (who knows a lot more about cars and trucks than HE does). Beau assessed the problem and determined that Duwayne had managed to screw up the steering stabilizer (a part of the steering mechanism that helps to control the steering but is NOT essential). So, Duwayne and Beau decided to detach the stabilizer (by loosening the U-bolts and sawing through the bolts that were frozen) so that the truck could be steered and driven (at least as far as to a mechanic). Duwayne contaced the Les Schwab in Sister and they said that they could probably fix the problem. So, the next day, Duwayne carefully drove the Dude to Les Schwab.
Derek, at Les Schwab, removed the old stabilizer and ordered a new one.
The broken stabilizer.
Amazingly, the next day at noon, the new part arrived and was installed. All for an amazing price of $104. Thank you, Les Schwab!!
Back at the campsite, much was to be enjoyed.
It was really cold (with night time temps dropping to 24˚.
But the Gumbos really enoyed the town of Sisters.
And they were happy to meet up with their old sailing friends, Jim and Alice, who now live in Sisters.
Afer spending a couple days in Sisters, the Gumbos and their traveling buds headed North to Champoeg, Oregon. The state park located here is REALLY nice, with lots of green space and good dog-walking potential.
So, you may be wondering: if Duwayne can’t manage to back his fifth wheel into a campsite, if he can’t keep from having his axles detach, if he can’t keep from dropping the front end of his fifth wheel onto his truck, how did he manage to sail a boat from Seattle to Australia without sinking it. Darla Jean sez: “I sure don’t know!”
If you’d like to find out how they actually DID this, and, if you live in the Northwest, you can find out! Duwayne and Darla Jean will giving a presentation about their two sailing trips (once through the Panama Canal to New Orleans and once from Mexico to the South Pacific and, finally, to Australia) at the Poulsbo Yacht Club on April 18th at 6pm. Come on down and the Gumbos will amaze you with their ability to survive multiple stoopid maneuvers!