The best thing about today is, my transmission problem seems to have resolve itself. Seven hours of driving and it performed flawlessly. It upshifted and downshifted just when it was supposed to. One of the many experts on my Escapees.com Forums where I asked for advice suggested something that sounded reasonable. He says when a Ford transmission gets a bad signal from one of it’s many sensors it goes into a fail-safe mode. It stays in third gear but will allow you to shift manually. This is exactly what was happening. He also told me that after the engine is allowed to cool down and is restarted, it again checks the status of the sensors and if all is well, it goes into normal mode. This is what happened when the mechanic was unable to find anything wrong yesterday. What caused the sensor to temporally fail? Who knows, maybe heat, maybe overworking on the long hills, maybe just a bad sensor, who knows. It may happen again or it may not. At least I have a better idea of what is probably causing it.