Canyon Ferry, MT High 96 Low 63
We headed into Helena to do laundry and make a grocery pick up at Walmart with a couple of other errands thrown in. Helena is about 30 miles from where we are camped and this park has a very small laundry which is always busy. So it's just easier to combine errands with laundry in Helena.
We were a few blocks away from the laundromat when we hear a horrible noise from the back of the truck. Jim quickly finds a parking lot to pull into and makes the wonderful discovery that our muffler had broken loose and was hanging down. I got Skitz out of the truck and took her for a walk while Jim worked on tying the muffler up til we could get to the shop.
He dropped me off at the laundromat and headed to the muffler shop. They told him they could fix it at 3:00 that afternoon. We decided to get our errands done and Jim would take me and Skitz back to the campground and then head up to get the truck fixed. Didn't quite work out that way. Jim's temporary fix didn't last and it came apart a couple of times before we got out of town. After spending a half an hour on the side of the interstate while Jim tried to chain up the muffler, we decided to limp over to the shop, leave the truck there, and see if our brother-in-law, Don, could pick us up and take us back to the campground.
When we pulled into the shop parking lot, the boss came out and said he would get us fixed up right away. We called Don back and caught him before he got on the road to save us and told him we were good. Poor Skitz got a ride up into the air that she wasn't expecting. (She is in her seat belt in the back seat.)
I cannot say enough good things about the guys at Genuine Muffler and Brakes in Helena. They were fast, efficient, and definitely cheaper than I thought the job would cost. Wish I had gotten the boss's name.
A half hour later we were on our way. I do want the world to know that I did NOT fall apart and cry. That's what I usually do when we have truck or RV issues so this is major progress for me. And I know Jim appreciated not having to keep reassuring me that all would be well.