On Tuesday, I took my sweet little Lolita in for a physical to Les Swabb. Now, I have been putting a lot of miles on Lolita and I believe in safety first so in she goes. I had heard a little squeak with the wheel rotation and wanted it checked out. A phone call a bit later was full of bad news. A badly bent axle and slaughtered tires.
“All human plans [are] subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.” ― Arthur C. Clarke
Parts for 42 year old trailers is not something you find at your Camping World or your local Tire Store. The axle is not something that is used on trailers today so the manager at my local tire store spent several days calling different companies to get as many options as possible all that will require waiting for the axle to be shipped to our location. It is looking like it will be a week before the axle will be delivered. Our plans to take Lolita to attend a vintage trailer rally 200 miles away in Roslyn, Washington seem out of the question.
“When you establish a destination by defining what you want, then take physical action by making choices that move you towards that destination, the possibility for success is limitless and arrival at the destination is inevitable.” ― Steve Maraboli,
As is the case for many vintage trailers, Lolita sits low to the ground so we are looking at options that will give a higher clearance since we KNOW I don't always stay on paved highways. Today, Friday Jeff called with news that he found another axle that is more heavy duty and will raise the clearance by four inches and it will be in the store by Monday.
As the week wore on, I felt less and less willing to miss the rally. It was clear that Lolita would not be going to the ralley but why not us? I do have a tent or there are other places to stay in the area. And what an opportunity to visit with other vintage trailer owners AND view their sweet little homes on wheels.
“No matter how thoroughly you plan, no matter how much you think you know, you've never thought of everything.” ― John Flanagan
“Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.”
― Alan Dean Foster
Driving through rain and wind it became clear that we would be looking for a place to stay that had heat and a warm bed. My preference would be to stay in Roslyn within walking distance of the rally or nearby Cle Elum, a short a 4 miles away, with Ellenburg, (21 miles further as a back up plan). A short drive around Roslyn showed nothing available so we headed to Cle Elum. I had heard of a B and B that had been a Bunkhouse for train personnel who traveled on the old railroad lines. I checked it out and we took one of their last rooms. With the university graduation in Ellensburg on Saturday, it was one of the few rooms available in the entire area.
“Those not chasing their dreams should stay out of the way of those who are.” ― Tim Fargo
Cle Elum is a sleepy western town of 1800 people that was built around the advance of railroad being built in the early 1900's, (1906-1909) making the railroad a transcontinental line. The discovery of coal in the mountains around Cle Elum ensured the success of the town as a railroad hub into the future.
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
A short walk from the Iron Horse B&B leads to the grounds of the old Railyard where a historical walk with informational markers tell the story of railroads history.
Our room was a tribute to John Johnson a Locomotive Fireman who retired in 1958 after many years of service on the Miwaukee and Pacific Railroad. An immigrant from Sweden, the room included copies of many items personal of the railroad man who stayed in this very room on occasion.
“If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra
If you are in the area and in need of a wonderful place to stay, call the Iron Horse B&B in Cle Elum.
You will be glad you did.
― John Cusack