Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Asheville and beyond! (Happiness is a repairshop!)
Everyone had a good walk and we stopped by our "regular" campground and turns our there were 4 or 5 spots even river front sites. The whole place only has about 15 sites so I am sure we could have pulled and got one but we couldn't take that chance given it was Memorial Day Weekend.
It was a bit cloudly but that was OK by me.
We stopped along the way to walk around some small town I forget the name of that had pig statues as it's thing.
About 10 minutes away we set ourselves up at a Starbucks with outdoor seating for us and Tucker and enjoyed fast internet.
We didn't get to enjoy it for long as they finished the repair by 10 am. Here you cansee the original strap on the left and then 2 of the 3 stainless straps I had fabricated in Durham. Everything looks great. OF COURSE the tech explained the place that botched the tank replacement used the completely wrong bolts (Who knows what happened to the originals) when they re-assembled the straps. So basically he was amazed they hadn't fallen out much sooner. Great.... tha repair will give me nightmares for the rest of my life.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Asheville is about beer!
Turns out this campground is also near the other Dog Park which on other trips I've heard is actually nicer. But instead of walking there we have to drive.
After Tucker-Time we did a little shopping at REI to use up Will's member cash and a 25% off coupon.
He got new hiking boots and I got some Superfeet Green Insoles which are amazing. Since getting them we've done a bunch of hikes and they really are amazing better than the ones that came in my hiking shoes.
This is Beufort he was awesome and only 10 months old.
These stilt ladies were amazing walking around and interacting with people as if they where on 6 or 8 feet high stilts.
I have no idea how they do it.
We didn't even have beer here just dinner and some diet cokes.
Food was excellent!
Friday, May 26, 2017
Heading South (With a few more hiccups)
Once again things didn't go too swimmingly and we heard more metalic noises on the drive. Eventually when we could we found a nice place to pull over and noticed the remaining 2 water tank straps were dangling. One was still intact the other had broken. We pulled the trailer into an empty office park and I removed them both putting the bolts back and made sure the water tank was empty!
Anyway we met Karen out for her birthday at a pub with some more of her friends and we had a great time. We hadn't hungout in a long time.
These pictures are from a hike up to Looking Glass Rock a big out of place giant stone outcropping in the Pisgah National Forest. It was a nice hike and Tucker was really looking photogenic.
We got iced coffee and brownies before heading home (to the trailer) to relax.
Monday, May 22, 2017
A few days in Lancaster
We did a long 10 mile walk along a rail trail to this dam with my brother Al.
The river is very wide and we are pretty high above it for most of the walk. The rail trail we are on is above another rail line that is still in use.
There were many groups of climbers preparing to climb but it seems like a slow and difficult process.
We did see a couple people actually climbing up the cliffs eventually.
Lancaster is full of Amish and Menonites so horse and buggies are a common sight as are cows and horses. Our campground has cows!
BTW you don't get used to smell in a 3 days.
His kids were surprising calm from an exciting weekend of sports competitions and a school dance.
It was great to get and see everyone on the way out on our trip.
Out hookups in the campground was blessed with 3 beautiful robin's eggs. At first we thought it was fake but we did see the momma bird sitting the nest. We tried not to disturb it when un-hooking.
Friday, May 19, 2017
A rough (and frustrating) start!
It has also been a while since we packed for a long trip so it is hard to remember everything you need to bring.
Eventually the minor repairs and packing got finished and we set off.
Our first stop was Newburgh, NY we took a nice but very warm walk on the nice part of the waterfront.
It is the first really hot day we've had this summer of course.
It isn't that long a drive to Newburgh but it is never a good idea to bite off a big first day.
Newburgh Crewing Company for some beers and dinner.
After a relaxing few beers we motored over to the Walmart to spend the night...so far so good...
After that we made it to Lancaster PA just fine. We couldn't stay where we wanted to next to Dutch Wonderland because it was booked up the girl scouts and ended up at a nice RV park with the Water Wheel you see here. It also had a covered bridge.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
As you will see below I ended up buying another charger that included 2 charging ports AND a Voltage meter.
4.2A Dual Port USB Charger with Voltmeter
So I will likely replace this voltage meter with the original 2 port charger.
Here you can see the new Charger and Switch installed. I didn't end up using the 4 port mount as there wasn't really enough room.
What I did end up doing was re-using the two holes that were already in the wall of the trailer. The TV power cord went into the top hole and came out the lower hole. They are only 4 inches away from each other so there was little point to running the cord in the wall.
In an amazing coincidence the holes for the cord were exactly the size needed to install the switch and chargers. I tapped right into the power for that 12V port.
We are in the process of getting the trailer together to head out for the summer! It has been too long since we were on the road.
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