I am traveling west. Last night I camped in the Badlands of South Dakota. Mmmm, what a lovely place. I met up with another Roadtreking threesome which was delightful. Dinner is so much nicer when shared with others.
This morning as I meandered through the National Park a dashboard indicator light came on. I admit, since Jim’s death I have not been managing stress well. If anything surprises me or is out of the normal, my stress level just kicks right in. I was not like this before the past three years. I calmed myself down, reminded myself that there were options and headed for the last place I wanted to be, Wall Drug.
The light indicated there was something wrong with my DEF. My first thought was what the heck is that. Out came all the manuals (I have 5). I admit that the language is often mystifying. DEF certainly was a mystifying moment. When I bought my SS Agile I became a member of the Roadtrek Emergency Roadside Assistance, free for the first year. Thank you. I called them and they explained what DEF was. I added DEF fluid to my DEF tank and the light went out and I was on my way.
This is a reminder to me that I am still a newbie. It doesn’t matter if I have been on the road for 2 months and added all the miles. I am still trying to figure it out. I really like the feeling that I am not alone out there in the big wide open places of the west. It is good to be only a phone call away from help. If I had been near wifi reception I would have been on the Roadtrek Facebook Group, another great resource for those less knowledgeable.
I have decided that I will never again belittle the town of Wall Drug, no matter how touristy. I did a lot of lengthy walking in Chicago and was concerned about a blister under my right great toe nail. As I was sitting in my RV talking to the RT help line I spotted a medical clinic. I went in and they saw me right away. I went to the pharmacy and got my prescription filled in 10 minutes. Then I went to the Wall Drug Lube and he filled my DEF tank. I felt very well taken care of. There is a very nice book store in Wall Drug. It was definitely worth exploring. The doughnuts were delicious too.
When I find myself in situations like the above, I remind myself that is OK to ask for help. People in general are more than willing to help and advise. I just need to be forthright and ask. No one can guess my needs. I found my way to the Lube joint because another patient in the clinic overheard my discussion with RT assist. He talked to me as I got in the RT and guided me to the best place in town.
Tonight I am in Buffalo, WY. I am continuing west to Cody tomorrow and then I into the north loop of Yellowstone. I admit this is one of my favorites places on earth. I was there with work in June. I am finding myself delighted to be traveling into the park without all my troops behind me.
I will continue to ask for help and connect with good people. I have met the nicest people. In the middle of so much change in my life, these moments are what continue to sustain me.