Friday March 26, 2021

Temperature 92 Degrees

What Would You Do?

First thing this morning we were once again up and at it since we had an 8 am appointment at the Chevy Dealer. We did, however, allow enough time for the necessary cup of coffee and an a double chocolate muffin. Once finished we were out and on our way.

When we arrived they immediately took the car in. Well, we sat for about two hours and then we decided it was time to find out what was going on.

What was going on? They were stumped. The part they replaced the other day was working perfectly. So what could it be? They even called GM Technical Service who, unfortunately, could only offer an educated guess as to what was causing the problem. That educated guess would cost $500 plus but with no guarantee that it would finally resolve the issue.

So, let me ask you dear reader what would you do?

Option 1. The Service Manager offered to install the part but on this basis. I give him a check to hold. If after a week and filling the tank a couple of times the issue appears to be resolved I call him and tell him so, he cashes the check. However, if the issue has not been resolved he rips up the check. Which of course still leaves us with the issue unresolved.

Option 2. Start looking for another car that we can flat tow. The easiest solution would be to find another newer Sonic so we can just swap our existing baseplate, etc. to the newer car. Or, we find something different all together but this means a new base plate, and on and on. But, with buying the house right now money is stretched a bit thin.

Option 3. Ditch the car and get something like this

New 2020 Champion Trikes Goldwing 1800 Independent Suspension Kit Trikes in  Winterset, IA | Stock Number:

Of course we would also have to get a small utility trailer to tow behind it when we went shopping. We will also need a cargo trailer to haul it around the country. Plus, some really good rain gear for those rainy days. OK, OK, this is not going to work. Can’t blame a guy for dreaming!

So what would you do?

Back to food again.

Kelley's Lunch Box - Restaurant - Bushnell, Florida - 486 Photos | Facebook

This is Kelly’s Lunch Box which is just 5 minutes from our front door. We just discovered it this past week – of course we’re leaving Sunday – but we’re sure glad we did. They make delish sandwiches and the meat is heaped on. It was our lunch stop on the way home. We were not disappointed with either of our sandwiches.

So that was our day on The Road of Retirement. Unfortunately, we’re right back to square one with the car with no clear solution in sight. We can only hope. Be that as it may we still had an enjoyable day together. And that, as far as we’re concerned is all that matters.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!


  1. Oh what a dilemma! Option 1 doesn’t cost you anything if it doesn’t work (other than time), so I would probably try that first. If it works, the $500 is much cheaper than option 2 or 3. Though not as much fun as option 3. IF you must go on to option 2, we’ve had good luck with Car Max. They will even purchase your old vehicle. Even when our Prius was shot, they offered us $500 for it. Good luck with your decision. At least, you’ve found a great lunch place! Happy Weekend!


    1. Well we’ve sort of decided if they can’t fix it we’re going to look for a 2014 Honda CRV. That was the last year the CRV with auto could be flat towed. We owned one before and absolutely were thrilled with. Why we got rid of it? My daughter had a minor accident with it, well not so minor, it was totaled. Enjoy the weekend.

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  2. If you ditch the car I would recommend a Mazda 3 hatch back it is a great car you can fold down the rear seats and use it as small wagon or SUV to carry some larger items. the gas mileage is great. And it is automatic with a manual shift with no clutch if you care to drive it like that from time to time . I do the manual sometimes if in traffic or down shifting to slow the care with out braking then I put it back into drive and go automatic again .I have over 50,000 miles on mine and have not had a problem yet, still have original brakes on it . only thing I had to replace so far were the tires as I was told they start showing signs of rot . I have had the car go over a 100 mph going from Florida to here with out a problem. it handled it better then when i did the same thing with my 71 Chevy way back when and the Chevy was a 8 with 350 horse the Mazda is only a 4.


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