Just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know I’m still here!
“Here” is currently Shelton, WA. I’m spending some time visiting my sister and her family while Dasy is in Virginia. I haven’t had much time to see the sites, so there’s not much going on here other than just spending time with family, catching up on a backlog of work, and trying to get some mechanical gremlins out of my little Yamaha TW-200 (the valves don’t seem to want to adjust correctly). I’m catching up on getting mail and packages caught up to me while I’m parked for a bit.
Hopefully I’ll make it out to Mount Rainier and/or Olympic National Parks in the next week or two.
Yesterday we left the RV repair shop (which I will blog about another time) and headed for Moab. We saw lots and lots and lots of Texas. It just keeps going on and on. But, eventually we made it to New Mexico! It was then that I started to notice that we were having a bit of a hard time maintaining speed going up hills. Since it’s pretty much uphill the entire way to Albuquerque, that was going to be an issue.
We pulled over at a rest stop and unhooked the Jeep. Dasy would drive the Jeep and follow me to somewhere we could get someone to look at the rig. I was pretty sure this was a minor issue, but it was one I didn’t know what to do about.
A bit of calling around led me to a mobile repair guy who said he’d meet me on the West side of Albuquerque at a truck stop. That was cool, except that I was on the East side and still had a lot of “uphill” to go through. I did notice that the Dutch Star was getting significantly worse the entire time we’re chugging along uphill. I call the guy back to tell him I’m probably not going to make it when he explains to me that I’m calling him from the last major incline. From there, it’s about 17 miles of downhill. So, we chug through it at about 25 mph (my apologies go out to pretty much everyone on I-40). We finally got over the hill and headed down and through Albuquerque. The Star had no problems at all going downhill, so we made it without any further issues.
We parked the Star and Jim from Anytime Anywhere 24-Hour Truck Service showed up a few minutes later and started checking things out. He then ran off to go get us a new serpentine belt, water separator and fuel filter while we grabbed some dinner at the Flying J truck stop.
About an hour later, he shows back up and proceeds to install everything. The fuel filters where in horrible shape!
He was pretty sure that would do the trick. I took a test drive up a three mile long hill on I-40 and had no issues… our Jeep-pulling beastie was back! We paid everything, gassed up, hooked up the Jeep and headed on.
We took a somewhat scenic route and decided to just stop and “boondock” for the night. We’ll see how well we can sleep and then head on in the morning. We should be in Moab tomorrow night… Woot! 🙂
Today is a “downtime” day for us. We’re doing a little bit of maintenance, some packing, sending out some mail (snail), planning our next stops, etc. We hit the Keys on Tuesday and ran through the Everglades to Flamingo yesterday. We’ll probably track down a decent Internet connection tonight so we can post about those.
I added some tail lights to the motorcycle rack, did some other minor Jeep maintenance and may do some stuff on the roof of the RV later. Dasy did laundry and will be doing some “road food” preparation a bit later. Tonight we’ll sit down and plan out our next major stop and the most entertaining way to get there.