Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The afterglow......

 7:41 am - 3rd Saturday - April 28th - Seal Rock, OR - 41° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the  north.  On this date in 2013 we were touring Mt. Vernon (George Washington's home).....


Second Saturday was beautiful from beginning to end....when you open the curtains in the morning and can see sun on Seal Rock you know it is going to be a good day.  My shifts have kind of evolved, as we knew they would once the rain went away, into 3 hour shifts, sometimes a little longer, but that is totally up to me.  I'm not required to work more than 2 hours per day, but when it is so nice outside, and the work is agreeable why not work longer?

As I have for the past week plus I spent more time spreading gravel with the Massey-Ferguson loader, and a good old rock rake.  On Monday I laid down a good base of the large gravel in sites 3, and 5, and on Tuesday I covered it with the small gravel in each site.  I had barely finished with 5 when the customer who had reserved that site arrived, so I didn't get a picture of the finished product, however, I did get one of site #3......


....this site was really bad from side to site, and front to back.  Very difficult for customers to get level.  Now it is pretty close to level both directions, and looks a lot more inviting.

I was off work around 1:20 pm.....TLE had driven into Waldport after her two hour shift to do a small shopping, and returned just after I had finished changing clothes, so I helped her bring in the groceries.

There were two projects I have been needing to get to, and with such a beautiful, sunny day I decided to take them on.  First up I need to check the high voltage box which sits atop the battery box in the VW.  If you've been reading for a while you know we had to replace this box two years ago while we were living at RORVR.  The main black wire coming into the high voltage box tends to get corroded, and as that builds up the resistance increases, causing it to get hot.  I need to check it periodically by removing the nut affixing the black wire to its post, clean off the the post, the connector on the wire, and the nut, then reinstall them.....

The large black wire on the left can be a problem....this picture is of the old box before I replaced it

.....it took me about 30 minutes to service the box, and all was well.  If I wait too long the wire gets quite hot and will melt the plastic box.  The black wire comes from the alternator, which keeps the battery charged while driving.  If it gets too hot, or damages the connection the battery stops charging, and the car will eventually stop running...this happened to us at RORVR.

The second task was to retorque the bolts affixing the rebuilt Leece-Neville gear driven alternator to the 6v92.  You will recall I removed it when we were parked at the Quechan Casin parking lot at the Mexican border back in early March as it had stopped working.  I found out the problem was the 90 amp breaker for the alternator.  At any rate, I never retorqued those bolts, and needed to get that done to be sure the bolts would not become loose.  They required 40 foot pounds of torque.  As it turned out they were still pretty tight, but not completely, so I'm glad I torqued them.

As is often the case with sunny days we got a very nice sunset with a very, very long afterglow....

I took these pictures at 8:10 pm

....the sun sets around 8:10 pm now, and is usually done within 5-10 minutes, but on this night there was still a beautiful afterglow along the horizon at 8:40 pm.....





.....life is good along the Oregon Coast.....less rain, more sun, and long afternoons.....it only gets bette from here.

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