So it was quite comfortable in Gila Bend, and since the Holt’s Shell is a Passport America park, the cost was only $13/night. And initially, I paid for 3 nights. But the WiFi was good enough that I kept extending my stay. Meanwhile, I figured since I had so much room at my site, I could finally work on my car’s tranni which if you recall had issues. Usually a ‘thump’ when it up shifted from 2nd to 3rd and rarely from 3rd to 4th. Since I’d been having trouble with the tranni since just a month after I bought it in August of ’16, and was using a work around to keep driving, I felt that this was a good place and time to work on the issue.
First though, to give an idea of where I’d parked and the work space I had, a few pics:
There was enough space to work on the car on either side, or right in front. What I did was move around to the passengers side closer to my tools. But in any case, here’s a shot of the desert where you can walk your dog if you have one… Weather was really nice and mild. I’m like 40 miles from Phoenix here.
A few days after I got here to Holt’s, this nifty RV pulled in next door. I don’t know for sure what the brand is, but it’s attractive for sure:
And then the Oregon Ducks b-ball team made it to the Sweet 16. Huh. That’s cool. So they ended up in Phoenix for the finals. And won, made it to the Final Eight then the Final Four. My brother offered a ticket, but I was so comfortable here, and have the DTV so I could watch the games without worrying about a black out, that I said thanks but no thanks. And as it turned out, the game I would have gone to the Ducks lost. I had a feeling.
So it’s early April in my blog world and I’ve taken my car apart and worked on the tranni…found that it had a bad shift solenoid. Order, received, and replaced it over a few days. Here’s a link to that story: Tranni Repair. That was a chore because I had to be very careful to keep it on the down low since few RV parks appreciate people working on their vehicles in their spaces. I did spill some oil, but was able to scrape it all up and dispose of it in a nearby dumpster. So, now with a working Line Pressure solenoid, it was time for a trip and I decided on visiting Ajo, 45 minutes due south of Gila Bend. Easy trip and good for testing.
So, off I went, traveling through more desert. The arches off in the distance are for the border control station a few miles north of Ajo.
And soon I arrive in Ajo, and old Spanish silver mine. They force marched hundreds of Mexicans up here to work them to death in the mines. But first they forced them to build the church and rectory. I’m kind of embarrassed that I got so few shots of the town and environs. I drove around the town for a couple hours before and after lunch and seems I failed at getting any sense of the place, picture wise. But…in compensation, here’s some murals on the backs of buildings downtown old town. And at lunch time, I stopped in across the street from the murals to have a snack and to try one of the brews they had on tap.
There’s that mural building. Nice little bar & restaurant, good food. And it’s soon time to head back to Gila Bend. Nice little day trip. I found a thrift store in old town Ajo and I did some shopping. Lots of fun stuff at ridiculously low prices too.
And back home in time to watch the Ducks play in the Sweet Sixteen.
Here’s a view of the Holt’s RV park. Not too crowded. Generous sized spaces. Clean bathrooms and laundry. A little remote but, not too noisy either.
Well, it seems I never got around to taking any pictures of downtown Gila Bend. Huh. Well, it is unremarkable so…until next time, thanks for reading!!