The Great Repair has finally finished. I actually did a “happy dance” when it started finally. For some reason, the final portion of the repair was replacing a fuse for the ignition system–somehow, it had blown. Today, for the first time in what seems like an eternity, we didn’t ride bicycle into town and go to our appointments and do our shopping.
Driving 55 mph is really, REALLY, REALLY fast!
After ages of moving at a much slower pace, with much more effort (but less cash out for each trip) we got to our first appointment today in about half the time it would take us to ride the bicycles. Okay, so some portions of the trip take just as long whether you are on a bicycle or in a van.
Still, I’m thrilled that our horizons have expanded. Once again, we’re not confined to a few mile radius of our home by the range of our ability to ride our bicycles to accomplish a goal. During the Great Repair, it was suggested that we went to a “you pull it” junkyard for some elusive parts. I had to laugh, as the nearest one was just over fifty miles from our home, and our transportation was our bicycles, something that was a known fact to our friend who was making the suggestion.
Considering that a 25 mile bicycle trip would be a very long one for us, a rough calculation had the round trip taking approximately five days total, requiring four nights in a motel along the way. I doubt we would have saved any money on that endeavor!
So now we have a few minor repairs to accomplish in the coming weeks and the van will once again be “as good as new” with far better gas mileage than newer models of minivan are offering. I’m quite amazed at the fact that our bloated minivan gets better gas mileage than even many four cylinder vehicles that appear as though they should beat that aging van hands down, and we can carry seven people plus luggage doing it, while they are usually capable of four people and luggage. That’s about the only reason we still have it, as GM has announced that the Chevy Venture’s designers (of the engine portion) should be beaten with a huge wrench, as everything is exceedingly difficult to work on, and even so-called “simple” repairs require removing a number of other parts just to get access to the frequently replaced parts. He has cursed it extensively, but even so…Bessie remains a reliable and economical vehicle. As the repairs are accomplished, her reliability and efficiency will only increase too.
Life is good when goals are accomplished, isn’t it?