Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wheeling, and dealing........

 8:11 am - Thursday - March 18th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 93% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the south by southeast.....heavy cloud cover, rained all night, and will rain most of the day today....the forecast high is 50° F.  On this date in 2015 we were boondock camping at Lone Rock, UT on the shores of Lake Powell......↴

Wednesday dawned mostly cloudy, but by the time I shuttled off to work at 10 am the sun was out, and it stayed out pretty much the entire day making for a very pleasant 2.5 hours of painting picnic tables.  Normally I would only work for 2 hours, but I needed to complete the second table before the next rain arrives Thursday.

After changing my clothes, and a brief break I headed outside to work on covering our ALCOA wheels so the nice polish I applied to them in Wittmann will not disappear under the salt laden air here in Seal Rock.  First I needed to wash all the accumulated road grime from the 2+ days of rain, and snow we traveled through on our way back to Oregon......

......I used hot water and soap to clean off the grime, and then a little polish to remove some salt residue.  Once they were clean I began to cover them.  For the back dualies, since they are concave, I simply cut out cardboard disks, covered the wheels, and then applied 3M blue masking tape to affix the cardboard to the tire.  Once that was accomplished I reinstalled the black tire/wheel covers....

I meant to take pictures of the front wheels, but the battery on my phone ran down unexpectedly, so I had to recharge it

.....since the front wheels are convex the cardboard would not work, so I covered them with shrink wrap, and then used more of the 3M blue masking tape to seal it against the tire before installing the remaining two tire/wheel covers.  I don't know how effective this will be, but it has to be better than what I did the last 5 months, which was nothing but cover the tires/wheel with the black tire covers.....we won't know the results of this experiment for 6 months.

I finished covering the wheels just as TLE was walking back up the hill from her second two hour office shift of the day.  Why two shifts, you might ask?  Well, just as we did, Blake and Gale are taking a short break from Seal Rock to fly home and take care of doctor, and dentist appointments.  While Gale is gone TLE is covering her shifts on Wednesdays and Thursdays, just as Gale did for TLE while we were gone.  I've got a few more things to cover, but at the end of our first week home I've made a big dent in that project.  

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