FedEx now has the frame and it is scheduled to arrive here at the local FedEx office on Wednesday, 23 September. I’m a bit baffled as to why it will take 6 days for FedEx to move the same size box from California to Georgia when it only took 4 days to go the other way.
Coming on the heels of my BMW motorcycle’s headlight saga where it took over two months to get a replacement headlight that worked, I was keeping my fingers crossed that by some miracle our tandem could be fixed and returned in just a couple weeks: that was probably pretty unrealistic in retrospect. Moreover, there were some fits and starts and dropping it in just ahead of the Labor Day holiday and Interbike certainly didn’t help. And, in true Murphy’s Law fashion, Calfee’s welder was out for a few days. But, despite all of that, the repair only took a couple days once it landed in his hands and it was apparently completed by September 10th. It was getting it moved on through the post-repair and shipping process that seemed to take longer than expected; here’s how it played out:
- On Thursday, September 10th, I received a system generated notice that advised, “Your frame will go through the last quality control inspection before the frame is boxed and shipped to the address specified on your work order.” Clearly too late to make it back for last weekend, but if it went out on the following Tuesday I figured it would be back here by Friday the 18th as it only took 4 days to get to California headed west.
- As this Tuesday,the 15th, rolled around there was still no news or Fa edEx notice that a shipment had been received so a follow-up request yielded the following note back from the Repairs Manager:“your frame is in the shipping department waiting for final inspection. Most likely it will ship tomorrow and you will receive an email with the tracking # when that happens.”
- Most likely turned out to be not all that likely and today, Thursday the 17th, I received yet another update, “This is a courtesy email to let you know your frame has shipped via fedex,”. Tonight the FedEx system recorded the pick-up of the box and gave me the an estimated delivery date of September 23rd.
In essence, it took longer to final inspect, pack and ship the frame than it did to repair. But, even still, the turn-around time was pretty good, particularly when you factor in that the the folks at Calfee were also most likely stretched thin by Interbike which was held on September 14th – 18th.
On the bright side, with the tandem frame coming back in on Wednesday the 23rd I’ll be able to re-build the tandem on Thursday or Friday so that it will be ready for us to ride at home on Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th. That will give us a a few road tandem miles under our belts before we head up to Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, October 1st, for the Southern Tandem Rally.
Speaking of STR, our current plan is to ride our triplet with our friend Lisa; however, the more we consider the compressed time schedule that we’ll be on for the 8 hour drive up Thursday after work as well as the need to leave before noon on Sunday for the 8 hour return trip, we’re thinking we may need to adjust that plan a bit.
Lisa will be riding her own triplet with our friends Linda & Eric for the STR Pre-Tour and it might just make sense to have them continue riding as a trio for the rally so that Lisa can be sure to get as many miles as possible.
I just don’t see us doing the longer routes on Friday or Sunday and it’s probably not worth dragging the triplet to and from Richmond for just one-day’s ride. So, we’ll think hard on it this weekend while we’re out riding our singles and — perhaps, just perhaps, the off-road tandem and then talk with Linda and Eric get their thoughts before they head off to Virginia for the Pre-Tour.