Winter 2020 Trip, Day 9: St. George Island

It’s getting a little warmer here in Florida.  Our campsite on St. George Island:

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Morning walk photos:

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The bay side of the island:

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We drove out to the entrance station to pick up a refrigerator part we had shipped here, then visited the beach:

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The bay side:

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I installed the control board I received today as well as the new ignitor I had shipped to Atlanta last week.  The refrigerator now works on propane!

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Summer 2018, Day 45: Garfield NHS, Roosevelt Inaugural NHS

Our first stop today was James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, home of the 20th president:

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1980s social media?

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We toured the house:

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The wreath from Garfield’s funeral after his assassination in 1881:

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An original painting of Yosemite, probably from the Hudson River School, most likely Bierstadt, who was a contemporary of Garfield:

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We continued east into Pennsylvania along the shore of Lake Erie:

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Onward to New York.  The Rainbow is a consolation prize, I guess:

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Our next stop was Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, the house where then-VP Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1901 after the assassination of President McKinley:

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Upon leaving the site, we discovered that one of our new leaf springs had become misaligned, so the top leaf spring fell past the lower leaves.  We limped to a home depot parking lot where I unloaded the spring and hammered the leaves back into position:

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We overnighted at a nearby truck stop.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 39: Fixing the truck

This morning I drove the motorcycle into Bismarck and bought replacement studs.  I got the studs installed:

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I reinstalled the disc brake and brake pad assembly:

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After installing the brake caliper and putting the wheel on, I’m done:

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We continued east into Minnesota:

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We continued on to my brother’s house, where we will be for a few days.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 38: Short Pine OHV, Roosevelt NP

Another great day at Glendive:

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The horses wouldn’t come down today:

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We got in a little over our heads today:

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We packed up and headed east into North Dakota:

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We stopped at the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Last year we visited the North Unit.

We visited Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin.  Roosevelt moved here from New York after the death of his wife and mother:

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The Maltese Cross carved into the cabin:

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In the visitor center, this display listed the lands conserved by Roosevelt:

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We went to an overlook for the Park’s badlands:

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We continued east.  Approaching Bismarck, I felt an odd shuddering in the steering wheel.  We pulled off the interstate into a gravel parking lot and discovered most of the lug nuts on the front passenger wheel had broken off:

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I had M check the lugs on the other wheels:

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The remaining lugs sheared off when I tried to unscrew the lug nuts:

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Broken pieces:

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I removed the brake caliper and brake disc:

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I was then able to remove the brake pad holder and pound out the broken studs:

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Not a bad spot to be stuck:

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We took down one of the motorcycles so I can drive into Bismarck tomorrow to buy replacement studs:

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I’ll be taking this frontage road to get to Bismarck:

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See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 13: Tire Upgrade and Radiator Repair

We woke up to a beautiful sunrise at Paramotor City:

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I tried flying, but the wind kept shifting directions which foiled my launch attempts:

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In the afternoon we relocated to the Chabad of Albuquerque:

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I drove over to a building shared by a tire shop and a radiator shop, which was convenient as I upgraded our other two RV tires and our spare, one of which failed yesterday, to 14-ply tires so they now match the other two we upgraded a few days ago.  While that was being done, the radiator shop replaced a leaking coolant hose on the truck that’s been causing us trouble for the past few days:

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Back at the RV, Trish and the kids got ready for Shabbos:

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Good Shabbos from Albuquerque, New Mexico!