Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Trouble in paradise.....

 6:40 am (Pacific Time Zone) - Tuesday - March 2nd - Indio, CA - 31° F, 43% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north......partly cloudy skies today with a forecast high here in Indio of 77° F.  On this date in 2018 we were having a couple of beers at Bright Angel Cocktail Lounge after hiking the Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon......↴


.....our view this morning.......


I began Monday with a sort of cloud over my head.  I didn't write about this yesterday as I was still trying to work out what had happened.  About 60 miles after leaving Wittmann the alternator stopped pouring electrons into our batteries, and my tachometer started jumping around like a water bug.  My mind always goes to dark places initially when things go wrong, and I began to believe I may have installed the alternator incorrectly by not engaging the gears correctly, and maybe, just maybe they had ground themselves into a pile of metal shavings.  This, of course is the worst, worst case scenario, and the worst, worst case scenario rarely, and I mean rarely, happens, but I go there anyway.  I did not sleep well Sunday night, tossing and turning as I worked through all the possible reasons why the alternator was not doing its job.  I awoke Sunday still not really knowing the 'why'.  

TLE wanted to arrive at the Quechan Border Parking lot by 9 am so she could visit Best Optical before our dental appointment at 11 am, and order some new eye glasses.  As a result we left Foothills Village around 8 am so we could stop off at the local ARCO fuel station to pay the rent (take on diesel).  We arrived at the ARCO around 8:20 am, and were back on the road about 25 minutes later after taking on 117 gallon of #2 diesel at $2.759 per gallon.  We do not want to take on fuel in California as diesel is a full dollar more, if not a $1.20 more per gallon.  We have covered 978 miles since fueling up in Sparks, NV which means we averaged 8.3 miles per gallon....a new record for us!  Of course the tailwind we had most of the drive south accounts for a lot of that increase, for sure. 

We arrived at the border parking lot around 9:05 am, paid our $12 parking charge, and were quickly on our way walking across the border into Los Algodones where we found most people wearing masks, but not all.  As we approached Best Optical we began to realize the sign had been removed from the building, and that they were no longer in business....DOH!  We've been buying our prescription glasses from them for the past 5 years, and TLE did not want to try another, so we walked over to our favorite little mall to get some coffee, and kill an hour before walking the final two blocks to Dr. Urena's office........

We love this place!

.....we decided to walk the final two blocks to Dr. Urena's office at 10:30 am just in case they could get us in early.  Due to the Wuhan Flu the border closes each day at 2 pm, so we needed to be in line to recross the border no later than 1 pm.  As it turned out they were able to get us in early, and by 12:40 pm we were finished, and on our way walking back to the border.  We got in line about 10 minutes to noon, and were through customs by 1:15 pm, in spite of a very long line.

I had not spoken to TLE about the alternator problem at this point, so on our way back to the Newell I filled her in on the problem, and what I planned to do.  I needed to remove the alternator to see if I had installed it incorrectly.  We were back at the Newell by 1:30 pm were I changed into some work clothes and began to remove the Leece-Neville alternator from its cradle.  As I pulled it out I saw that I had done nothing wrong.....everything was intact, as it should be.  I could hear an audible sigh of relief escape my lungs.  Now to determine what was wrong.  I gave TLE the good news, and asked her to come out and help me get the first bolt in, which I was able to do in pretty short order.  I reattached all the wires, including the tachometer wires, and then started up the big Detroit Diesel 6v92.....still no power coming out of the alternator. I then put the multi meter on it to confirm zero volts were flowing into our batteries.....DOH!

This is when the light went on in my mind......since the positive cable goes directly to the battery bank I should have been getting some reading, even if it was just from the batteries.  Then it occurred to me that there are two 90 amp breakers in the rear main electrical panel......one for the batteries, and second for the alternator.  I opened up the door to the panel and pressed the batter breaker, but it was okay.  I then pressed hard on the alternator breaker, and what do you know?  That was the problem.....for some reason it had tripped on Sunday.  Once it was reset, the alternator began working, and my tachometer began working properly again.  Yay for our team!!!  I ran to the entry door to the Newell, and yelled to TLE that our problem was fixed.....whew!  Below you can see the two 90 amp breakers....it was the alternator breaker which was preventing electrons from flowing to our batteries.......


......before solving this problem we were faced with possibly having to return to Phoenix to get the alternator fixed, and then having to rearrange our reservations in Riverside, as well as at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge, but now we were free to continue northward to our original destination for the day.....Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.  We quickly buttoned up everything once  again, and began the 136 mile trek to Indio around 3:30 pm, arriving at the casino around 5:10 pm.  The elevation here at the casino is exactly sea level.....


The casino

Our parking spot for the night

....we quickly leveled the Newell, and settled in for the night knowing everything is once again working as it should.....what a relief!  I took a hot shower, and was treated to a dirty martini by TLE upon my exit.  We sat listening to music as the sun set behind the Newell.  The day had a shaky start, but ended in victory!

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Monday, March 1, 2021

'On the road again.......'

 6:44 am - Monday - March 1st - Yuma, AZ - 43° F, 25% humidity, wind - 5 mph out of the north by northeast.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 72° F.  On this date in 2017 we hiked up to the stone snake sculpture near Borrego Springs, CA with Becky Schade, a nomadic friend we first met while working at Amazon in Fernley, NV in 2014....


.....our view this morning......↴


As the sun rose in the east Sunday morning it became obvious it would be a day of crystal, clear, blue, wind swept skies.  All of the online weather forecast showed winds in the 20+ mph range along our route to Yuma, AZ out of the north by northwest.  We, as you know, prefer not to drive when it is windy, but sometimes you have no choice, but to proceed with a stiff upper lip, and hope for the best.  This is the third time on this one month trip we have done something we prefer not to do (drive at night, drive in the rain/snow).  We have dental appointments Monday morning in Los Algodones, Baja California, and we did not want to make the 176 mile drive early Monday morning.

After saying our 'until next times' to Tom, Darlene and Bob (Sandy was still asleep) we rolled out through the entrance gate around 9 am.  While there was a breeze, it was not too bad early on, but as we merged onto I-10 we began to feel the push from the passenger side.  Fortunately, we only had to cover about 10 miles of I-10 before turning south once again for another 30 miles to I-8, where we were once again headed west, and there we began to be buffeted about by the wind.  Much to my surprise, this only lasted about 30 minutes, and the winds seemed to abate somewhat, and were not an issue the balance of our drive into the eastern outskirts of Yuma.

We made one rest stop at the Sentinel Rest Area near Sentinel, AZ with about 70 miles to go.  The drive was completely uneventful, which is for what we always hope.  We arrived a little after 12 pm Arizona time, and were in site #408 at Foothills Village RV Park a few minutes later.  This is an older Encore/Thousand Trails park, but it neatly kept.  They provide contactless check-in online, but we were escorted to our site via golf cart by one of the park hosts, Peggy.

So, why did we choose an RV park 21 miles short of Los Algodones?  We normally park overnight in the Quechan Casino RV parking area, but due to the Wuhan Flu they are not allowing overnight parking at this time.  We, normally, do not make reservations, another thing we do not like to do, but because of the Wuhan Flu pretty much every RV park requires reservations.  Another reason was our former managers at Ramona Oaks RV Resort, Rich and Marnie, are staying just a block away, and we wanted to see them.

Around 3 pm we walked about 1/2 block through the park to a gate which led to a local cafe where we met Rich and Marnie for a late lunch. We talked non-stop for almost 2 hours before saying our 'until next times'.  By the time we exited the restaurant just before 5 pm the winds had begun to die down.  It was such a blessing to spend time again with Rich and Marnie, and I look forward to the next time our nomadic paths cross!

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

The final 'TO DO'.......

 7:20 am - Sunday - February 28th - Wittmann, AZ - 44° F, 24% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the northwest......crystal, clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 62° F.  On this date in 2013 we were in St. Augustine, FL......↴


I began Real Saturday with a 'TO DO' list of 6 items, and ended the day with zero.....one of my better days.  The list consisted of, but was not limited to:

1) Polish a years' worth of oxidation off my ALCOA wheels
2) Lube the Winegard satellite dish
3) Remove the last of the blue masking tape
4) Apply caulk to the top of TLE's bedroom window
5) Dump the black tank
6) Put our eBikes back on the bike rack in preparation for our departure Sunday

Number 1 took the most time, as one might imagine, but I got them looking better than ever after about 2.5 hours of labor the ALCOA's and I were both smiling......



.....the salt laden air of the Oregon Coast is not kind to my ALCOA's, and I will have to find a better way of protecting them when we return to Seal Rock, OR two weeks from now.

By the end of the day I was tuckered, and in need of some jacuzzi therapy, so around 3 pm I hopped into the jacuzzi to soak away the soreness from my muscles and joints....sitting on the ground polishing aluminum is not a suitable activity for someone 71 years of age, but someone has got to do it, and I'm that guy.

Around 4:30 pm we convened inside Tom and Darlene's home for our final communal dinner.  I have neglected, so far, to provide an 'usie' of our gang of 6 for your viewing pleasure....

Left to right: Bob, TLE, Darlene, Tom, Sandy and moi



....Sunday will be another day of bittersweet 'until next times', but we shall trundle on knowing we will return to Wittmann again for another sojourn.  Of all the places to which we have returned often in our 9 years of travels, Tom and Darlene's home is the place to which we have returned most often. I always tell TLE as we drive through the property gate "we're home", and that is how it feels each time we return.

For dinner we had 'Taco Salad', prepared by the loving hands of Darlene with the assistance of TLE.  Each dinner here has been filled with wonderful food, and scintillating conversation, and a lot of laughter.  Thank you Tom and Darlene for the welcoming, hospitable, loving environment you provide for all of your guests.  You are loved and appreciated more than you can know.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two Michelin 'stars'......

 7:23 am - Real Saturday - February 27th - Wittmann, AZ - 40° F, 46% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north....mostly clear skies today with a forecast high of 70° F.  The view this morning.......↴


.....and on this date in 2020 we were hiking up to the stone snake near Borrego Springs, CA with Rich and Marnie......↴


....how ironic it is that we will see them again, tomorrow!

We were up by 7 am Friday in anticipation of our 47 mile drive into Phoenix, and specifically Purcell Tire on McDowell.  I unplugged the Newell just after 9 am, and we were on our way.  The traffic was incredibly light, and we arrived at the tire store just after 10 am.  Within minutes, Chris, the manager, had us pull into one of the truck bays, and within another few minutes his workers were removing our two front ALCOA wheels in order to remove the 7 year old Firestones, and replace them with brand new Michelins.  Soon they were inflating the tires to 105 PSI.......




.....then putting them on the spin balance machine.......



.....by 11:30 the ALCOA wheels with the new Michelin tires attached had been reinstalled.  There was no bill to pay at that time.....National Tire Concierge will be billed by Purcell, who will in turn bill me.  We were on our way back home to Wittmann by 12 pm....



.....I spent the rest of the day mostly relaxing....Saturday will be a busy last day here in Wittmann, and I need to be rested.....lol.  I did take time to fill our fresh water tank, and take a jacuzzi, but otherwise I took a couple of naps, and watched TV.  On Real Saturday I will finish my last task here in Wittmann.....polish those beautiful ALCOA wheels, and make them shine again!

One of my readers reminded me via comment, that I neglected to give a review of my new Flexsteel captains seat/chair.....frankly, it was so comfortable that I forgot all about it....seriously!  Well, I love it, and am looking forward to many long hours sitting in it on our way home to Oregon!  It has wonderful lumbar support, and sits at just the perfect height....I am in love.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Please be seated, the show is about to begin.......

 7:40 am - Friday - February 26th - Wittmann, AZ - 41° F, 41% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north.....partly cloudy skies today with a forecast high of 70° F.  On this date in 2013 we were having lunch at the Manatee Island Bar and Grill in Port Salerno, FL.......↴


Ever since I purchased my new Flexsteel driver seat off eBay on February 4th, I have been dreaming about sitting  in that seat, and holding onto the large Newell steering wheel.  Thursday marked exactly three weeks since that day, and it was time to finally install it.  TLE was with me from beginning to end on this project, and offered several good, and timely suggestions along the way.  In addition to this being a 'power' seat with numerous functions (back, forward, up, down, tilt forward and back), it also has a lever which, if pulled, allows one to swivel the seat around, and use it as an additional chair when we have company.......

The Flexsteel seat on the floor of the salon while we fixed the cable 

.....we discovered pretty quickly that the bracket which holds the cable in place was missing, so I obtained some angle aluminum from Tom, cut off a 2" piece, and fabricated a new bracket....


....once that was done it was time to drill the holes in the floor.  TLE suggested making a template out of cardboard with the hole positions and then tape it in place where we wanted the seat, then drill holes through the four black dots......


.....normally one might expect, out of an amatuer, that one of the holes would be off a tad, and required enlarging to get the 4th bolt in, but not this day.  That template was amazingly accurate, and all four bolts went in relatively easily......


.....pretty soon the chair was in place, and the grade 8 bolts were tightened down securing the seat to the floor.......


.....of course that fourth bolt was the one which comes out in between the two steels walls under the coach next to the Kohler generator.....TLE snapped this picture of me down in that foreboding cavity tightening the 4th, and last bolt.....


....in all it took us around 3 hours beginning to end, but she's in, and she is sooooo comfortable.  I am really looking forward to our drive over to Purcell Tire on Friday to get our new Michelins installed!

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

To do......

7:49 am - Thursday - February 25th - Wittmann, AZ - 54°, 21% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the north.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 70° F.  On this date in 2013 we were having lunch with good friends Ernie and Carol in West Palm Beach, FL.......↴ 


It has been over 6 months since our gear driven Leece-Neville alternator ceased sending electrons into our batteries.  Fortunately, diesels do not require a spark to create that explosion in the cylinder which moves the piston, and turns the crank shaft, or we would have had to deal with getting it rebuilt long before now.  We drove close to 2,000 miles without it, but all that has been rectified thanks to Turbo & Electric of Phoenix.

Wednesday was the designated day to reinstall the Leece-Neville, and to say I had feelings of fear and trepidation after the ordeal we went through last May reinstalling Glenn and Laureen's Leece-Neville into their 1984 Newell would be an understatement.  As you will recall, it took Glenn and I some 5.5 hours of continuous effort to get the three bolts into their alternator due to the extremely cramped conditions of their engine bay (you can read about that here).  While I was sure this installation would bear no resemblance to that one, there is always that nagging doubt in the back of my mind.  All that being said, it was not difficult.  It took less than 40 minutes beginning to end to reinstall the alternator, and I only required TLE's assistance for about 2 minutes.  It was so easy it was kind of scary.......

The Leece-Neville reinstalled, and producing electrons!

.....once the alternator was in, and tested it was time to turn my attention to hooking up my new Speedhut digital tachometer.  The tach comes with a 20' cable, but that it not nearly long enough to reach the engine bay, so I ordered a 50' cable to run back to the alternator.  As I wrote the other day, I had already run the cable down through the floor, and into the inverter bay, so I just needed to pull out the Kohler genset once again, raise and block the coach, and then crawl under and feed the cable through one of three PVC conduits Newell installed for just this purpose.  These conduits begin just behind the front wheels, and run all the way to the engine bay.  Tom has 8 of these very thin 3' fiberglass rods which screw together for just this purpose.....I needed 6 of them.  I first pushed the rod through the length of the conduit, then attached the cable to the end remaining at the front using electrical tape, then went to the engine bay and pulled it through.  Within 30 minutes I had the cable attached to the alternator, and plugged into the tachometer.  It was then just a matter of connecting the power wire to a source activated by the ignition switch, and then attach the ground to a good ground. Once that was done I plugged the calibration cable into the back of the tachometer......


.....turned on the engine, and then moved the red needle to the correct idle RPM setting for our Detroit Diesel 6v92......500 RPM's.....

Ignition off.....

....ignition on, engine running at 500 RPM's

.....the former tachometer had quit working about 10 years ago on a trip we took to Santa Fe, NM, and has not worked since.  It is so nice to have a working tachometer again after all these years!

While I was thus occupied TLE was re-dying her Ekhornes recliner.  I had removed the armrests, and the footstool cushion for her to work on Wednesday, and she got all three items done.....the color is a tad darker, but we like it.......

The exposed leather is now nicely covered with the SEM dye

......by the time we had both finished with our projects it was after 1:30 pm, and I was one tired puppy.  I put away my tools, releveled the Newell, and then took a long, hot shower.

Only two projects remain on my 'TO DO' list.....install the new Flexsteel driver seat, and get the new Michelins installed.  The seat will be installed Thursday, and on Friday we'll drive to Purcell Tire in Phoenix to have the two new steer tires installed.  We'll return to Wittmann for two more nights before departing for Los Algodones, and our yearly dental checkups.  I had allotted up to 20 days here in Wittmann to get everything done, but it appears we will have everything done in 12.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Leece-Neville.......

 7:41 am - Wednesday - February 24th - Wittmann, AZ - 46° F, 49% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north......crystal, clear, blue skies again today with a forecast high of 77° F.  On this date in 2017 I was walking to work at the General Store at Desert View at the Grand Canyon after a fresh snowfall.....↴


I spent about 90 minutes helping Bob finish trimming the trees, and bushes back from the rest of Tom's fence, but had to withdraw around 10:30 am to take a shower, and get ready to drive into Surprise for lunch.  As I alluded at the very end of yesterday's post I received a call from Turbo & Electric of Phoenix that the rebuild on my Leece-Neville, gear driven alternator was complete, and I could pick it up any time.  Ironically, we had plans to meet my ex-brother-in-law, Charles Wilson, in Surprise for lunch at 11:30 am, so it was just a matter of continuing south on Grand Ave. to Phoenix after lunch to pick up the alternator.

We left home around 11:05 am to make the 25 minute drive to a local Mexican restaurant, and arrived exactly at 11:30 am to find Charles had arrived just minutes earlier.  We chose to dine alfresco, and were the only ones on this delightfully balmy day to do so.  Charles, and his former wife, Bobbi, met us numerous times during successive summers around the country (Lake Tahoe, Yellowstone, Mount Desert Island in Maine, etc) as we traveled full time.  They have a very nice 5th wheel, in which they traveled each summer to escape the Phoenix heat.  Regrettably, Bobbi died suddenly about 10 months ago just following successful hip replacement surgery.  It was good to see Charles is doing well, and to spend an hour talking about everything under the sun.  He will continue to travel each summer, and I am sure our nomadic paths will cross again soon.

It is about 19 miles from Surprise to Turbo & Electric, and we covered that quickly arriving there a little after 1 pm.  Within minutes I was reunited with my Leece-Neville alternator, and we were on our way home.......

The work tag....they replaced a lot of stuff!



.....after a quick stop to top off the Honda CRV gas tank, and another at the Walmart in Surprise, we were home around 3 pm.  While we were gone I received notification from UPS that my new Speedhut digital tachometer had been delivered, so you know what I did first thing, right?  Yup, you know me.....I installed it......


.....that is the easy part.  Now I have to run the 50' cable back to the engine bay, and connect it to my rebuilt alternator, then calibrate it with the engine running.  Once that is done I can then install my new Flexsteel seat, and we are ready to hit the road once again!  

Once that was done I called our dentist in Los Algodones to move our dental appointment up to this coming Monday, March 1st, at 11:30 am.  I also made an appointment with Purcell Tire in Phoenix to have the two new Micheline tires we ordered installed this Friday, then return to Wittmann for two more nights before we depart for Los Algodones on Sunday.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Helping out......

8:01 am - Second Saturday - February 23rd - Wittmann, AZ - 44° F, 49% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north.....clear, blue skies today with thin clouds on the horizon, and a forecast high of 77° F.  On this date in 2012 we were in Bullard, TX at the home of TLE's sister, Phyllis, awaiting the imminent delivery of our gear driven water pump.  The water pump had failed just as we finished parking our 62' in Phyllis' backyard......↴


First thing Monday morning, around 8:30 am, Bob and I rode with Tom into Phoenix to visit the local 'Parker Store', where Tom and Bob hoped to pick up a few air fittings to be used in fixing numerous air leaks under Bob's 2007 Newell Coach.  We were back before 11 am, at which time Bob went to work again fixing his air leaks with the newly acquired parts.  I've been remiss in not providing pictures of Bob and Sandy's beautiful 2007 Newell.....



.....it comes in at just under 46' in length, has four slides, and 1.5 bathrooms......


.....Bob and Sandy arrived last Wednesday for what they hoped would be two, or three days of finding, and fixing air leaks with Tom's help......they are now in their 5th day of fixing air leaks, but are nearing the end of the project.

While Tom and Bob were working away at that project, I spent time trimming bushes, and trees away from the white fence on the north side of the Newell barn. Whenever we stay with Tom and Darlene we always try to do a couple of chores for them to show our appreciation for their hospitality.  I managed to fill a flatbed trailer with the fruits of my labor.......


.....after a couple of hours working in direct sunlight.....something with which I have not had much experience lately......I was ready to call it a day.  I've got a few more bushes to cut back on the north side, and then I will turn my attention to the south fence line, and remove, completely, that large tree growing through the fence by Tom's trailer......


......that tree will take a lot of elbow grease to erase it from the landscape!

That was the extent of my day.  After putting away the tools I took a long, hot shower, and took a nap....it is 8:30 am on Tuesday, and I just received a call from Turbo and Electric of Phoenix, and am happy to announce my the rebuilding of our Leece-Neville shaft driven alternator is finished and ready for pickup! The end of our projects is in sight!

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Time keeps slipping away.....

 7:35 am - First Saturday - February 22nd - Wittmann, AZ - 42° F, 41% humidity,  wind 7 mph out of the north.....crystal, clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 75° F.  On this date in 2013 my friend, Ernie Prociw, drove TLE and I up to Vero Beach to visit the former 'Dodgertown' spring training facility.  Here I am standing at home plate at Holman Field pretending I'm waiting for a pitch from left hander Sandy Koufax.....↴

Ahhhh.....the memories.....

We began Sunday with a jacuzzi at TLE's suggestion, and what a great suggestion it was......

In the jacuzzi again...

.....she followed that with a late breakfast consisting of peppered bacon, scrambled eggs (with spinach and cheese), and leftover French fries from our In 'N Out Burger combo the other day.  She crisped them up with the 'air fryer' option the new Breville has, and they came out perfectly!

The rest of the day I spent time measuring where I am going to drill the four new holes for my new Flexsteel seat.  I was hoping that with the new hole pattern of the new chair that I could avoid drilling a hole which comes out in the space between the two steel walls, but it cannot be avoided unless I move the chair to the left, but then the chair would be too close to the driver side wall of the driver area, so I'm stuck....oh well.

I also spent time throughout the day cleaning some more salt residue from the exterior, washing road grime from out trip south off our 1upUSA bike rack, then dumping and flushing our black tank.  The balance of the day was spent relaxing, and getting ready for a flurry of activity this coming week when we get the rebuilt alternator, new tachometer, and I can then install my Flexsteel seat.

We began watching a new series on Netflex called 'Lupin' suggested to us by Bob (of Bob and Sandy fame who are visiting Newell House in their 2007 Newell).  We watched 4 episodes, and are hooked.  It is a French production with the voices overdubbed (quite well done if you ask me), and some sub titles.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

A break from regularly scheduled programming.....

 8:05 am - Sunday - February 21st - Wittmann, AZ - 46° F, 40% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the northwest......crystal, clear, blue skies again today with a forecast high of 69° F.  On this date in 2013 we were at a shooting range near Stuart Beach, FL with our good friend Ernie Prociw (pronounced Procee)......↴


....the views this morning........↴



As I suggested in yesterday's post it was time for a break in regularly scheduled programming after five straight days of working on projects.  We slept in, and after writing my latest missive I retired to my recliner to watch the rest of an English Premier League soccer match.  I had promised to accompany Tom to the local refuse transfer station to discard my old Flexsteel seat, the wooden pallet upon which the 'new' Flexsteel seat was delivered, and some other miscellaneous stuff whose time had come to be cast into the gigantic trash compactor at the transfer station.  We left around 10 am, and were home before 11 am, at which time I resumed my former position in my leather recliner.

I could not spend the entire day doing nothing so I spent a short time cleaning more salt residue off the front, and right front of the Newell.  I also disassembled the old charger/converter to scavenge the screws, the 20 amp cord, and the 12 volt fan.  Around 4 pm we had to stow the patio awning as the forecast afternoon winds had arrived.  They were gone by 8 pm, but we left the awning in its stowed position overnight.

We shared another community dinner with Tom, Darlene, Bob, and Sandy, and added to the mix some more friends of Tom and Darlene.....Gary and Cathy, who had stopped by to visit late afternoon.

We have now been in Wittmann for one week, and the weather has been exactly that for which we had hoped.....low humidity, temps in the 60's and 70's, and mostly crystal, clear, blue skies....this is how man was intended to live (that's my theory, and I'm sticking to it!).  It has been a time of much accomplishment with just a few projects remaining.....reinstall the rebuilt alternator when it is ready, install the new tachometer, install the 'new' Flexsteel seat, and get the new Michelin tires installed on our way out of town.  I'm sure I will add a few other small tasks to the list, but those are the four main tasks remaining.

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