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Friday, April 1, 2011

VACATION– Standin on the Corner, in Winslow Arizona…

(this post is about Thursday, March 31, 2011)

Standin’ on the corner, in Winslow Arizona

What a fine sight to see…

standin on the corner

It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flat bed Ford

Slowing down to take a look at me…

its a girl my lord



You all know the song…. by the Eagles….   and here we are in Winslow!!!!

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The reason we are STILL in Winslow is because the motorhome check engine light came on two more times in the morning on our way from Flagstaff to Winslow.  Now this time we got a code from the dash readout.  Yes, injector three is giving us intermittent grief.  Argghhhhhh    Steve had changed out both fuel filters, so we knew it wasn’t the fuel.  The codes flashing showed what the problem was.  So we pulled into the Flying J on the east side of town and talked to a few truckers.  They advised us to use High Chaparral Truck Repair, just around the corner and down the road a bit.  Well, that is just what we did.  

Most diesel truck places don’t even want to work on RV engines.  The location of most diesel engines in large motorhomes are very difficult to access, due to bedroom slides, little trap doors and workers having to be so careful of grease in and out on their shoes and clothing.  So truck repair shops charge a higher hourly rate for motorhome repairs to make up for the added trouble of dealing with RVs.

On the phone, Steve assured him that since our motorhome had a large king sized bed that totally lifts up out of the way, and a mechanic can get right in there and stand on top of the engine.   Having a side entry door helps too, so the workers are not walking through the entire length of the rig through livingroom carpeted areas.  We have plastic tablecloths to set down on the floor for added protection too.

The owner, Dave Prine, agreed to take a look at our rig.  We drove right over, and he said yes, it’s best to replace the injector now rather than do further damage.  He seemed very knowledgeable.  His shop was busy getting a UPS driver back on the road, and taking care of a few other vehicles.  All customers seemed happy and left with smiles on their faces.  He ordered an injector out of Albuquerque and said we were welcome to boondock overnight in his parking lot!  The new injector should arrive on Friday morning.  Steve is comfortable letting him work on our rig, which is hard for him to turn over his baby to someone else.   

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He recommended a few places to check out while we were in the area, such as the Painted Desert County Park just north of town…  My oh my, that was an amazing place!  We were driving the Tracker north through sagebrush and tumbleweeds, and suddenly the flat land opened up into the most wonderful colors of sand and hills and dunes and stripes of terrain!  It looked like the Bad Lands of S. Dakota, but instead of all rock, this was all sandy textures. It was very windy, and we were being “sandblasted” as we stood on the rim.


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We drove along the rim on a rough road that was blocked off, but we explored it a bit anyhow. The colors of the sands varied in each level, and the photos don’t do it justice.

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  This terrain just jumped up outta the flat mesa lands, and is carved out by winds I would imagine. painted desert 4

Once we got back to the motorhome, we started to cook up some supper in the Easy Bake oven (yummm Aldi’s chicken pot pies)  but Steveio had noticed that we were next door to the Dairy Queen!   While supper was cooking, we HAD to go over and buy a bag of dilly bars to stow in the freezer in the motorhome.  Steve is a Dilly Bar Addict! 

What is a Dilly Bar you may ask?  Well, it’s ice cream formed in a round circle on a stick, coated in crunchy dipping, in either chocolate, butterscotch or cherry.   

dilly bar

When I was a child, the Dairy Queen in our town would have printing on the stick to be discovered once you ate the Dilly Bar.  Sometimes it was just a Dairy Queen symbol, but other times it said “FREE DILLY” which meant if you brought back the stick, you would get one for free!   That was at the Dairy Queen in Cedarburg, WI that our family friend, Loretta Heidemann worked at.  We always loved stopping there.

Once we ate up our supper, we went BACK to the Dairy Queen… for a real treat!   Wowzer, those are HUGE!

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(I had the one on the right, with sprinkles, for Roger to drool over once he saw the picture)   

I could only eat up half of mine.  We should have shared one, but Steve wanted different toppings on his than what I wanted on mine.  He ate all of his. 

As we curled up to go to sleep, with the sounds of the yard dog barking it’s head off across the street.  Oh well, life in the city I suppose.  Dukie told him off.  LOL

And ….  as we went to sleep…

we took the advice of the Eagles, while strains of that song filtered through our brains:




  1. Hey you really are standing on the corner, with a broke down rig, Did the DQ have half price happy hour from 2PM - 4PM like here,WE have been getting shakes for two for 3 dollars on the way home from Nicoles school.Hope the injector replacement goes easy for you. Tell Steveo the old Santa Fe transcontinental mainline goes through Winslow if he wants to watch some trains, If I had to break down that would be the place for me to do it.The trains he sees today went through Fort Madison IA yesterday. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

  2. Looks like a lesson here. Even the best maintained rig is going to have problems. Best not to put off having them fixed!

  3. I plan on standing on that corner in Winslow, AZ this summer, and going to Painted Desert. Petrified Forest is neat, too. Now I will have that song in my head all night! Take it easy....

  4. Even with your rig problems, that was a happy post. Remebering the song made me smile as did Steve's love affair with Dilly Bars! Never been to Winslow but I think I would like to. Hope your repairs go smoothly.

  5. That Eagles song was playing in my head a week or so ago as well while passing through Winslow Arizona on our way to Canyon de Chelly. The name Dilly reminded me of Dilly Dally on the old Howdy Doodie show years ago....

  6. P.S. Just found out this morning that when Mary Kidder Rak died in Douglas Arizona years ago here ashes were brought back to her little home in the Chiricahua mountains at old Fort Rucker.

  7. Good luck with the repair to the motorhome and that they get it fixed up right for you.

    When I was a teenager, I worked at a Dairy Queen. I loved making the Dilly Bars, at that time they only had the chocolate and butterscotch coatings.

    Kevin and Ruth

  8. It's always good to know where to go when you need repairs. Love the Winslow and DQ photos! and of course, the scenery, too! If you haven't seen the Apache Trail scenic drive, that's incredible!


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