Great morning fellow boardlings,
Partly cloudy, 52° with a high hearing 69° for today in the trailerhood.
Yesterday's ride & hike turned into an unexpected adventure. Just as we arrived near the mines we were going to explore, the steering on Mike's CanAm broke while on a down hill curve.
We got him onto a small pad of level ground off the main trail and began to access the malfunction. It appears the pinion in the rack & pinion may have broke. It took he & i about an hour to remove the unit right there with the tools we had on hand - just enough of the right things to field strip it. It ain't never good when your wheels are pointed at each other.
On the bright side, at least we were not doing that job while laying in the snow.
Mike & Deb took our RZR while Dorla rode back with the couple from Mesa. The intention was to get back to the dealer to see if repair parts were available. No luck there, closed Mondays. They all left me on the mountain with some pizza, brownies and an MRE so I was all set for several hours.
After a couple hours, I got a message that Mike & Deb were on there way back to "rescue" me. We figured out a way to tow the CanAm out with no steering. We used a ratchet strap to bind the front wheels together. Deb would drive the RZR, Mike rode his machine mostly to use the brakes while I walked along side & turned the wheels in the direction needed. A little trial & error and we got things going and headed back to the main road. Got going so well that Mike & Deb left me in the dust. I walked the 2 miles down and out. Could have rode I suppose but they were doing so well they didn't need to be interrupted by me.
We got to the road just as a Canadian from the trailerhood arrive with his trailer. We loaded the CanAm & were headed back in just a couple minutes.
While I was hanging out up on the mountain I did poke the camera over the fence at a mine shaft.
Mike ordered a new rack & pinion last night. $130 for the entire unit. The six parts to repair the broken one would cost about $95. Easy choice there. We will be playing mechanic with the CanAm up on blocks in the trailerhood tomorrow. I'm sure we will have an audience.