Monday, November 28, 2016

Heading East

Closed up house, loaded Chinook, headed east.

That night, arrived and dry camped at Paradise Casino, Yuma.

Oh no!  Discovered valve extender bracket on wheel simulator had fractured allowing extender to whip freely, which in turn caused it to sever.  Flat tire.  Called Good Sam to fix.  Stayed an extra unplanned night at the casino.

Found that the coach batteries were not holding charge.  Stopped off at Interstate Batteries of Desert City.  Tested batteries and found bad cell.  Replaced the faulty Trojans with a pair of 31M-AGMs.  Manager Mike Baker and his crew were TERRIFIC to work with.  They really helped evaluate all options, gave me a sizable discount, and performed the very tight & awkward installation with great care.  If you are ever in need of battery support in Yuma these are the right guys to go see!

Continued eastward to Tombstone.  Stayed at Wells Fargo RV Park, right next to OK Corral.

Discovered that Good Sam must not have properly reinstalled the wheel simulator, which is now missing.  Also found that the water heater flue grill had disappeared!  Somehow Jane had not secured the coffee pot carafe which crashed to the floor and smashed!  Hmmm.  Are we jinxed this trip?

Moved on to Van Horn.  Quick overnight stop at Van Horn RV Park.  Used to be a KOA, now a Good Sam.

Continued to Junction, TX where we made a quick stop at the Veterinary Clinic.  GREAT people!  Got antibiotic for Joanie's recently developed UTI.  Visit and pills together cost only $25.  Would have been hundred or so back home in OC.

Boondocked in the City Park.  You can stay three nights for free.  Great find.  Will stop there again!

Drove on to Fredericksburg.  Stayed one night at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.  OK but not great.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, arrived at my son's home in Kingwood.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Delightful Surprise!

We stopped for brunch today at Cafe Mimosa, one of our all time favorite eateries, located in the heart of San Clemente at 243 Avenida Del Mar.

Chatting with fellow patron, Mike B., and cafe owner, Antoine, made our brunch all the more special.

Then wow!  What a delightful surprise!  When it came time to get our check we found that fellow patron, Mike, had already taken care of it!

Thanks again Mike for such a charming, and memorable, gesture.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Holding Tanks

Had the black and gray tanks professionally cleaned by Chic Cechini of All Pro Water Flow.

The tanks are now squeaky clean, devoid of all gunk and calcium deposits.

Highly recommended every few years.  Last time I had this done was December 2012.

Cost this time was $200.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Village Car Show

3rd Annual Car Show in The Village - all locally owned.  

IMO best entrant by far was not a car ... it was the immaculately restored 1949 Vincent Black Shadow.

Maybe not the fanciest car in the show, but (again IMO) the most lust-worthy 4 wheeled entrant was a gorgeous Buick Grand National ... Ooh how I always wanted one!

2016 Village Car Show participants

1. Walter Frey- 1950 Ford F-1
2. James Dickey- 1968 Dodge Corvette
3. David Aspinall- 1923 Buick Model 39
4. Timothy and Cynthia Collins- 1969 Chevy Chevelle (55 396 Chevelle)
5. James Costello- 1999 Chev Corvette
6. Clyde Cicotte- 2015 Whizzer ME- 5
7. James A Davidson- 1940 Pontiac Deluxe
8. Larry Frame- 1966 Ford Mustang Fast Back GT
9. Brad Friesen- 1965 Pontiac GTO
10. James Gelssinger- 2005 Dodge SRT-10
11. James Mathews- 1961 Studebaker Lark
12. Greg and Lucia McBride- 1949 Vincent Black Shadow (motorcycle)
13. Michael and Sharon O'Neil- 1957 Chevy 210
14. Ronald and Caroline Percy- 1984 Mercedes Sil380
15. Norma Running- 1986 Mercedes SDL 300
16. Jack Stevens- 1967 Pontiac Firebird
17. Tom Scheil- 1949 Packard Super 8 Sedan
18. Michael Walo- 1965 Pontiac GTO
19. Gregg Weiner- 1987 Buick Grand National
20. Richard and Esther Gabaldon-1931 Ford Model "A" Coope
21. Walt Herd- 1968 Cord 8/10
22. David W Harris- 1923 Ford T-Bucket
23. Jefte Hamilton-1940 Ford Super Deluxe
24. William Clover- 1956 Imperial Crown

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dahon i7

Jane's old Dahon Ciao D5 was wrecked by a huge tree when "disaster struck in TN".  I've finally got around to replacing it with another Dahon Ciao ... this time an i7 from NYCEWheels.  Essentially the same folding bike, but with a few minor differences, most notable of which a Shimano 7 speed internal gear set instead of the Sturmey Archer 5 speed.


Getting checked out by Joanie and Dexter: