Day 80 – The Joys of Car Dealerships

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Day 80 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

I don’t have much to post for today.  I dropped Page at the airport at 6:30 this morning and then stopped by the car dealership to get my driver’s side door handle replaced.  It broke in Orlando, so I had to enter VANilla via the dog door the last few days!  I thought I would just get it fixed when I got home, but yesterday, VANilla’s locks became possessed.  Anytime I unlocked VANilla, all the doors immediately relocked so fast that sometimes it took me three tries to get the door open. It was now a real safety issue.

According to Volkswagen, it would take 45 minutes to replace the handle and address the check engine light that illuminated a few weeks ago.  To make a long story short, after sitting outside in the sun for five hours, Scout, Petey, and I finally left the dealership for the barn.

Back at the barn, I hacked Bug for 30 minutes which means I worked him on the flat (walk, trot, and canter) in the arena. Afterward, I waited at Page’s condo for my friend Carol to arrive at the Miami airport. While waiting, I hung out with Page’s son, Scott, who I hadn’t seen since he was about 3 months old! Clearly he had no idea who I was. Once Carol arrived, we headed to North Key Largo for the weekend. ETB

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For a summary about my road trip across the USA, click HERE. For the interactive map, see the below link.

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Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned travel photographer and blogger.

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