Monday, October 4, 2021

Easy as pie.....

 8:07 am - Monday - October 4th - Coupeville, WA - 49° F, 93% humidity, wind - CALM....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 57° F.  On this date in 2018 we had just arrived at Bishop's Orchards in Guilford, Connecticut....Bishop's Orchards is a Harvest Hosts location where you stay for free one, or two nights......↴


Sunday was the last day of our 3 day journey to Coupeville, WA and as things would have it I was up early thinking about the .5 mile drive over to the Port Townsend/Coupeville Ferry terminal.  Over the course of 10 years we have traveled on ferries many times with the Newell and trailer, so its kind of old hat for us, but still my mind thinks about what can go wrong.  For instance, many times when the overnight low is below 50° F I need to use the block heater to warm up the coolant in the big Detroit Diesel sufficiently to get her to fire when I turn her over.  Since we were dry camping the only alternative was to fire up our Kohler generator to power the block heater, but as luck would have it generators are not allowed at any time at Point Hudson Marina & RV Park.  Obviously, if she didn't start I would have turned on the generator and risked a reprimand in order to get her started, but I didn't want it to come to that, so that was on my mind.  Another issue was that since we had parked Saturday afternoon one of the tenants in the full hookup sites in front of us had parked their pickup truck in such a way as to restrict the size of my egress point making it more difficult for us to exit without undo maneuvering, so that was on my mind.

To solve the first dilemma I determined to attempt to start the 6v92 around 7:45 am to see if it would start, and thereby negate my need for the generator.  If it didn't start, then I would turn on the generator so we could depart at the chosen time of 8:15 am for our short drive to the ferry terminal.  As it turned out the big Detroit Diesel fired right up without a hiccup, so one dilemma solved.  The second dilemma resolved itself shortly thereafter when the owner of the pickup came out of his RV to get something out his truck, so TLE walked over and explained our situation.  He immediately agreed to move his truck.....another problem solved, and we were able to depart right on time.

We arrived at the ferry terminal just before 8:30 am (one hour in advance), paid our $97 fare, and proceeded to the front of lane #1.......


.....more often than not we are the first one on the ferry, and the first one off due to our size, plus that gives us a front row seat to the water crossing......


....our Garmin Trucker thinks nothing of a water crossing....the ferry route is just another road....


....I was actually pretty sanguine about how well things had gone so far, so I'm not sure how TLE caught me with a frown upon my face.....lol......


....soon the disembodied voice of Miss Garmin was advising me to exit the ferry and turn to the right.....


....and we were on our way to cover the final 8 miles to Bob and Karen's home where we arrived just before 10:30 am without incident.  Moving our gear down to Bob's property is a multi stage event.  First we remove the Beetle from the trailer, then drop the trailer from the hitch, and drive the Newell down a short gravel road to the upper barn, which is where we park when we are here.  Then TLE drives the VW down and parks it out of the way.  Finally, using Bob's Ford Dually, we haul the trailer down to park it next to the barn, and this is what it looked like 90 minutes later.....


....the short gravel road we traveled down is just to the right in the picture above, and this is our view to the left in the picture below.....


....and this is the commercial pressure washer I will use to steam clean our radiator in a couple of days......


.....it's been just over a year since we were last here, but it seems like yesterday.  We spent the afternoon catching up, and talking about a couple of projects for which Bob needs my assistance.  Life is good.....

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