Saturday, May 16, 2015
We choose to avoid LA traffic by circumnavigating LA. This is accomplished by taking I-15 north out of Escondido, then continuing to I-91 W at Corona, then north up Hwy 71, eventually ending up on 210 west until it merges with I-5 north, not far from Magic Mountain. We've been on the road for about 4 hours now, and as I maneuver into the truck lane heading down the "Grapevine," at about the half way point we hear a "ping" on our dash. I look down and watch the fuel gauge fall to "empty," not exactly a heart warming sign. A glance at the mirrors and cameras provide no clue of smoke or of liquids gushing out of the coach. Finally all the way down, I pull into one of the many truck stops at the bottom of the grade and do an outside visual check. Good news - nothing seemingly wrong. The only thing broken is our planned stop to visit son David up in Corning and our tentative schedule. Oh well, they call this an adventure - right? Now we have an unplanned stop up in Coburg OR, birth place of the Popeye Express and best place for service. To be continued!
Thursday, May 14, 2015
After a grueling tax season, all we wanted was to hit the road. I started the engine, and waited for the air gauge to reach 100 psi before driving the big coach up the steep driveway and onto the street above our house-office. Just as I was about to reach the top, "Bang!" It sounded much like an explosion, but hearing air escape, I knew we either blew an airbag, or some other such component. Continuing onto the street, and with air and now sirens going off at an ear piercing screech, we finally reached (by phone) the service center for Monaco who told us what to look for. In about 30 minutes, and after removing the dash cover, Bob found the air hose where it blew off the dash instrument panel for the air gauge. Now if we only knew the part number. Two days of phone calls around the country provided no help. Finally, brilliant husband figured out how to unscrew the part that fit behind the gauge, and voila', found a part which fit approximately 3 miles from our house-office. Progress! So, on Saturday afternoon after replacing the part, we once again, started our 2015 adventure.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Check out the town of Lunenburg on our visit in September of 2012. One note to add: If the town seems a bit familiar, and you know you've never been there, worry not. My guess is you're a fan of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone , made into several TV movies featuring Tom Selleck. The fictitious town of Paradise MA is actually Lunenburg, and they filmed it from every angle possible to show off the town!