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August 25, 2019

Home At Last - lickity split

I’ve already presented the numbers, easy those are from the log book.  Now to add a narrative.
When we left Dayton, our San Diego house sitter (yup – the kid brother) had returned to Tacoma General for an angiogram.  We’re envisioning an angioplasty for him next and the empty house will probably be mouse invested and overgrown by the time we can get there.

We sprinted from ex-neighbor (San Diego) Al’s house in Floyd Knobs, Indiana toward Denver.  Our son Michael lived in the area for a couple decades, BIL Bobby even longer, and niece Lora a new arrival.  In Denver we’ll have an airport, a place to leave the RV and fond memories to relive.  As all is well in Tacoma, we set our sights on home, and see no reason to delay.

We stopped in Kansas City for lunch at Q39. Last time here we stopped at Arthur Bryant’s – the original KC BBQ.  This time we stopped at what Yelp listed as the best KC BBQ.


We opted for the 3-item combo, the chicken and beans were both mediocre but the pulled pork and brisket are top notch.  Go for the  brisket!

We’re averaging well over 300 miles a day and out of wine!  We opt for a local vineyard Prairie Fire, because I like the name.  They are a dry farm estate winery.  What they can grow is all we can get.  We took a couple bottles of their Chambourcin, one as a gift -  if it makes it to San Diego!  Not sweet, but strong earthy undertones showing off the year it was born and dry farmed.


Finally in Colorado I can sit outside with my coffee and catch up on email without a mosquito trying to eat me alive, we’ll be here at least a couple days.


After a day with BIL Bobby we schedule a meetup with niece Lora, husband Andrew and baby-to-be Bing-Bong.  Bing-Bong is due in early December.  We meet them in Golden as it’s on our way and close to their new home in Winchester.  Geez, Golden has become a tourist trap since we were here last!
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Back on the road I have it timed to arrive in Palisade CO on the western slope of the Rockies, where they have the very best peaches! and the best farmer's market of the trip.


We took a flat home.  It is NOT permitted to bring fruit or veggies into California, so be advised.

Finally home, Rufus is washed, waxed and parked along side the house.  I’ve now completed the rubber/vinyl preservative.  I'm using Car Guys pump spray, the area on the right looks much better than the untreated area.


It’s time now to take on some maintenance items.  I’ve replaced the plastic ties on the refrigerator screens as one was about to fall out.


It’s also time to do a self-service on the generator.  It got a lot of use this trip!  Like most ’air-cooled’ engines the oil is the real heat dissipation.   Onan offers their own oil, a conventional/synthetic blend of SJ.  I use Mobil 1 of the same 10-40 viscosity, a fully synthetic and less susceptible to heat, although it is slightly more susceptible to attracting moisture.


Be sure to check the foam filter on the breather tube.  Yup I need to replace mine.



Ah -  the short that was revealed by the water pump failure is somewhere in this bundle.


I’ll find it … eventually!

And that microwave turntable motor … That’ll be a task!

In the search for the short I also uncovered why the kitchen sink drain is slow the sink and cooktop are part of our slide out.  There’s an acute kink in the sink drain when the slide is in.  That’ll take some engineering …


How did the house fare?  It was not rodent infested!  The front yard cleaned up nicely with a quick edging and mowing.


The back not so good, the corn and tomatoes are already spent


But the peppers are raging!  The red jalapeno will join the poblano as part of my chipotle dip.

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With enough jalapeno left for more … and more!  Want some?


There is a  big area in the back lawn that needs attention … But we’ll have navel oranges all next year!


Guess I better adjust the sprinklers!, if I want to save the lawn

Although we took a walkabout at Mission Bay and South Mission this morning, l'll
save that for another post.