Friday, March 10, 2017

Getting Ready For Our Next Trip

Of late, I've been remiss when it comes to keeping this blog current with regular updates.  I suppose I could attribute this omission to being overly busy.  In reality though, it's more a case of laziness induced by how easy it is to log comings, goings, thoughts, and encounters on Instagram and Twitter rather than as blog posts.  As for maintaining a single journal of life events, I take some solace in knowing that both social media accounts are accessible via the blog's navigation bar above, and therefore to some degree are incorporated within the blog.  Anyhoo, with the next big trip drawing near, it's time to get back in the swing of things with more regular blog posts.  To kick things off, here's a précis of events leading toward our next big trip:

Premier Motorcoach took care of repairing the fiberglass and ladder that I managed to prang when we were in Wickenburg.  As always, their work was excellent.  While the Chinook was in their shop, I also had them replace the awning's end caps, the old ones being rather badly sun damaged.

A week or so ago I picked up a used Northrock CTM bike from one of my neighbors.  It's in excellent condition and has an aluminum frame, 21 speed Shimano gears, Kenda hybrid tires, RST Neon front suspension, Velo seat post suspension, and quick release wheels. For less than a third of the price new, it's a very cool addition. 😎

To transport the bike I added a Swagman XTC rack to the front of the Chinook.  It mounts very securely in the Curt 33055 front receiver hitch I installed a while back.

Sundry maintenance items have included:

   •   Replacing the wiper blades.
   •   Replacing the front licence plate that we lost when a deer ran into us on US 101.
   •   Replacing the water heater anode.

Santa Margarita Ford's Fleet Service Center performed a 60,000 mile service, which included all new spark plugs, and an oil change.

I joined The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  Apart from the many membership benefits we will enjoy while at home, and the rewarding opportunities to serve our community, we will also be able to camp at Elk Lodges all over the country when we are traveling in the Chinook.  How cool is that! 😎

The Elks are an amazing service organization that spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefiting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.

Rubber On Wheels (an excellent, full service, mobile tire shop) installed a set of Tireman valve stems and replaced the pound-on wheel simulators with a set of stainless steel FE-88 bolt-on simulators from  

We've done a little trip planning:  We'll leave early April, run up the coast to the Bay Area, spend two or three weeks visiting Tiffany and Colin, then continue north through OR to WA's Olympic Peninsula.  We'll spend most of May visiting the islands and the area around Anacortes, before reaching Sequim's John Wayne Marina on June 1st.  The route from Tiffany's to Sequim is still fuzzy, but the first leg is fairly well mapped out.

There's still much to be done before we hit the road ... perhaps that'll be the subject of my next post.

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