Yea, it doth suck mightily
The sun was out, traffic on southbound I-5 moving quite a bit better than one might expect on a Friday afternoon, especially this close to Seattle.
The Fourth Estate was humming along as it usually does. But then the engine started losing RPM. What? It started losing RPM even faster when I goosed the throttle. OMG!
Luckily, I was in the far right lane (which is where you’re supposed to be, unless you’re passing someone), and there was a nice, wide hard shoulder. Easing the Fourth Estate out of traffic, I brought it to a stop.
Well, I guess I won’t be going to the Motorcycle show, I thought as I fished the phone out of my pocket. Good thing I have AAA Plus—the best reason to upgrade from their standard plan is the 100 miles of free towing (In most cases, you can upgrade on the spot, if necessary. AAA Plus RV includes motorcycles and scooters.). I was about 70 miles south of Bellingham, so I told the dispatcher I wanted the Fourth Estate towed back to the foothill villa. No problem, we’ll have someone there right away.
And they did. The Fourth Estate was safely back home at 4:00 pm, just as the wrecker driver’s GPS said it would be.
It’ll be sometime next week before the problem (I’m thinking fuel pump, or maybe fuel filter) can be resolved. In the meantime, a grocery store, drug store, hardware store, even a good Thai restaurant (not to mention the Wi-Fi hotspot that is making this post possible) is within walking distance. And it’s too warm for snow.
Still, being without wheels is a pain. Not having a scooter sucks even more now than it did during the summer. While it only costs a buck to ride the bus, and Bellingham has way better public transportation than most similarly-sized cities, the college students have all gone home, so the buses don’t run as often.
I’m hopeful the Fourth Estate’s problem can be resolved this week. Cheaply.