The nick, redagain is short for the words - "Redwoods again". It stands for a goal to sleep again in a tent under the Redwood Trees in northern Ca.
By: redagainPatti , 10:08 PM GMT on September 16, 2012
Update - from Reno NV - Sept. 16, 2012
After the major break down - (info in last blog) that costed us half of Saturday and the next three days, we got the keys back at 8:30 P.M. Because it was a metal part that warped and twisted off the pulley, we only had to pay out 100.00 toward the final bill.
- see photo below-
We got back on the road on Wed. and drove in the rain, out of Cheyenne, WY. Because we were heading west, drove out from the weather in a few hours. The rest of the day went ok but we both were nervous with the worry if all of the engine, lines, and radiator bits/parts were attached with the all the screws and bolts AND if all were tightened correctly.
On Thursday morning found us with a bit of a chill in the air but dry weather. Both was welcome to us after the rain from the day before and the heat from the first week of our trip. The drive was not too bad and the RV did the grades along the road just fine. I have been worried about the steep lay of the land as I ran my litlte car hot one time before on these "hills" out west. We headed onto Winnemucca WY and felt relaxed enough to have a good chat going down the road.
On Friday, the 14th - this day was not so peaceful. About an hour in to our drive, we were met with something that took my breath away.
A large white pickup truck passed us moving very fast. That truck hit a bump as they crossed over a bridge a few yards ahead of us. I guess the truck was like five car lengths ahead at that point. I watched as stuff in the back of the truck began to jump around so I saw them hit a second bump, about in the middle of the bridge. Stuff really started jumping about in his bed. As the truck drove off the bridge and hit another bump down the road, a large spool of cable flew out of the truck bed at that point and bounced into our lane, left then to the right side of our lane, then a short jump into the middle, it came and aiming right for us. Mom had her brakes on to slow down - we had no shoulder to move over onto as we were still on the bridge.
We were about a car length away from being hit when the spool took a bounce to the left again, this time into the middle of the passing lane and off to our left side - and out of my sight as we passed it by. Mom was driving so she could see in the side mirrors as the spool slam into the guardrails alongside the bridge.
After a lot of rather colorful adjectives, verbs, and nouns filled the air within the RV, we took a long break at the next exit.
A dear friend of my mom called during this time. She also likes to wander the roads and owns a smaller RV - America Clipper. She was coming south from out of the Northern OR. area. And would like to meet up with mom.
Mom gave me a look and shared with me the need to spend some time OFF the road with her old friend. So we reached Reno and early Saturday morning, her pal showed up. The two gals then did their thing in the Casinos. I got in some reading, geocaching, and cleaned up my mail box.
We are due to hit the road again, going up Donner Pass to be in Redding CA on Monday night. Then to Klamath, CA on the 18th. to finally touch the grass and ground under the Redwood Trees.
Note to self - set two full weeks aside to travel west to the coast. Find casinos along the way for mom to play in so she has her breaks from the travel stress. Keep in mind, 50 miles per hour and about 300 per day.
Parts of the broken engine below
The round silver ring goes around the edge of the small silver disk. That part then sits on the rusty, large disk and the whole works connects to the crankshaft behind the radiator. This pulley system powers everything such as the water pump. No wonder the engine ran hot and shut down. However why did we only get minutes warning there was a problem ???
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