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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, just keep the RV Rolling….

Head ‘em up, move ‘em out.

That’s the story for today…but first, to bring you up to date on yesterday…..

When we last left this continuing saga, we had a dead battery in the car.  I called AAA first thing in the morning and they arrived in about 20 minutes.  That has to be great service.  The tow operator cleaned the terminals as best he could and used his truck to get the car going.

I then headed over to Les Schwab in Corning.  I had bought the battery from Les Schwab in Sandy Oregon a little over 2 years ago, so I wanted them to check it out.  The battery is actually OK but the connections were really corroded.  So they cleaned them even more and put some gel on them to try to prevent any future problems.  He then suggested I get a battery cleaner kit at an auto parts store and that I monitor the charge level with my digital VOM.

The battery voltage at Les Schwab was 12.1 which is low, so it needed to be driven more.  I went back to the RV and Carol and I went to the Casino buffet for the senior 2 for 1 breakfast.  We got in about 10:30 which is 30 minutes before they change over to lunch items.  The food was good and we decided to only have 2 meals that day so we could save room for the dinner buffet, also 2 for 1.  (Tuesdays & Thursdays seniors over 50 get 2 meals for the price of 1).

After breakfast, we drove to Chico again.  Needed some groceries from Winco and needed to return the DTV antenna that didn’t meet my needs at Best Buy.  Also Carol wanted to revisit the quilt store to get some more material that was on sale.  After those errands, we went to Costco to fill the car up with gas and then returned to the RV. 

Once home, I checked the battery voltage again and now it was 12.8 which is great!  So hopefully that problem is solved.

After the buffet dinner, we watched the Iowa caucus returns on Fox News.

Got up at 7:20 or so this morning and got ready to leave.  Actually left the RV park at just before 9am which was over 30 minutes ahead of our “schedule.”  Stopped for propane, but only needed 3 gallons for 6 nights of heating – not bad at all.

Drove 217 miles to Kit Fox RV Park in Patterson, CA after the obligatory stop at Wal Mart in Willows.  They are expanding the Wal Mart and apparently had some kind of incident with one of the construction workers.  There were two large fire trucks and one ambulance pulled up near the construction area when we arrived.  I saw the stretcher come out and be placed into the ambulance, and then they waited for about 5 minutes before leaving with the flashing lights off.  Not a good sign.  Many workers in hard hats left the building and milled around in groups in their section of the parking lot. 

I’m guessing that a worker may have had some kind of industrial accident (a fall perhaps) and that he didn’t survive.

We made great time going through Sacramento and arrived at this nice park by 2 pm.  The skies were pretty clear overhead, but you can see a lot of smog on the horizons.  Welcome to California!

I meant to get in shape for the smog before coming here.  For the last 10 days or so, I suppose I should have been sucking on my exhaust pipe or something to get in proper shape.  Oh well!

Tomorrow, on to Pismo Beach!  Yippee!


Donna K said...

You had quite a day. Best part - getting that 2 for 1 breakfast buffet...worst part, witnessing an industrial accident. Glad your battery problem is solved for now at least and that you are on your way to Pismo Beach. Enjoy.

Russ Krecklow said...

Dave, I warned you about the food at that buffet, didn't I? Have a good trip to Pismo Beach, and enjoy the sunshine. Don't breath the smog!