Saturday, April 21, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 52 - Boys to the Yard

As if to make up for yesterday, it was another bright sunny day. And we had a rental car! So we started off with lunch at Maria's Italian.

Afterwards, we were looking for a nice drive location. Harrisonburg and the Kline's Dairy Bar.

The milkshakes at Klines Dairy Bar were really thick. Even with the huge straws, we had to strain just to get any of the cookies and cream or chocolate malted milkshake out of the cup.

Driving back on the Virginia roads while working on the milkshakes. You can get pretty drowsy on a nice day on these long stretches of road.
Back at the RV, we found that Buddy had a new way of sunning himself. The only problem is it was messing up the blinds. It took some time convincing him to leave the blinds so we could lift it back up again.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 51 - Where's The Tow Truck?

Though the day was cold, it was sunny and adventure awaited! We packed a day bag with food and drove to the freeway. Going up a steep hill, the engine began acting strangely, revving high before finally the car would move, kind of like it would if it wasn't in gear. Eventually the next offramp appeared and we ended up at the bottom when the car would absolutely go no further. Revving the engine in first gear did nothing. Flashing hazard lights on. As I got out to push the car, two gentlemen stopped to see if we needed anything. After calling roadside assistance, we were informed a tow would be around 35-40 minutes. It was 11:50. 
12:42 - After getting a call from the truck, we're still baking in the car. I turn on the engine to get the AC going. I'm looking up costs of clutch repair. It's not a pretty sight. We're also checking for Korean restaurants in Charlottesville where we'll end up.

12:47 - Text message arrives. "The tow truck driver should have arrived." Uh, no.

12:55 - Tick tock tick tock. The sound of the hazard lights are strangely hypnotic... The day outside is bright and warm, and we're spending it on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. 
1:11 - Is that a odd noise coming from the AC like shopping carts rattling on asphalt? I'm certain we have been left here to die.

1:20 - I've been waiting a long time for this moment to come. I'm desperate for anything at all.

1:32 - Fuel light has come on. Where is this guy? We're going into the day bag to get some food. We should pack an emergency bag of snacks for EVERY drive we take.

1:47 - Is this a tow truck I see before me?
1:53 - The car is already on the flatbed. We and the driver are crammed into the cab of the truck. My left knee is jammed into the dashboard and my entire leg is going numb. There are no words in English to define my agony.

2:20 - At Umansky Auto Group where I give a brief description of our issue. We retrieve the key from the driver, leaving it at the service bay. We get a ride from the Umansky Service Shuttle to Enterprise.

2:50 - Enterprise where we got a new black Sentra. $20 a day for insurance? That's loco!
3:20 - Driving on I-64 in our Nissan Sentra that actually has cruise control, although the button honks at us when we press it. We stop by Sakura Japanese Food when I get the call from Umansky with the estimate. I've suddenly lost my appetite. Wow, car breakdowns can certainly range from low maintenance costs to the thousands. We drive back to the RV to get over our eventful day.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 50 - Where's The Clogging?

When it's quiet outside, you don't realize there's a change until you look outside and see a white trailer instead of the usual Jay Feather. The couple next door who originally said they were staying the remainder of April seems to have vanished. Are they in another space in the park? It's possible, I guess. All we know is that there's an eerie silence coming from the left side of the RV now. Will the mystery ever be solved? I'm almost certain one day we'll wake up to find they've returned back to their site. RV parks are strange places sometimes.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 49 - Where's The Water?

Trying to relax after the trip to Appomattox Court House yesterday. When turning on the water for the shower, the spray was uber weak. Working on the hose, a neighbor asked if the water was weak around the entire park. Went to the front office to ask what was happening, and the attendant said water would be off until 12:00.

Afterwards, after having juice and washing hair, went to get more supplies. Tomorrow it's likely more relaxation until our next outing on Friday.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 48 - Appomattox Court House

Went to Appomattox Court House. It was interesting seeing the ending of the Civil War after seeing the start at Port Sumner earlier this year.

Appomattox Court House, which actually didn't have anything to do with the surrender, contrary to what I've always believed.

In the rebuilt Court House they have a museum on the second floor as well as a movie.

After the Court House, time to pay a visit to the actual location of the surrender, the McLean House.

Inside on the first floor to the left of the entrance is the parlor where Generals Grant and Lee

Behind the McLean House.

A law office

The Clover Hill Tavern were they spent five days printing out the thousands of parolle slips for the Confederate soldiers.

Saying goodbye to the Appomattox Court House and hello to Terezinha's Pizza!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 47 - Oriental Market Crawl in C'Ville

The rain beat on the roof the RV. Is that thunder in the distance at 3:00 in the morning, or a dumpster being emptied? It's hard when you can't sleep, then you finally get to sleep at 6:00 am only to wake up at 11:30. But the rain had stopped and we went for lunch at the Depot Grille in Staunton while discussing future plans while in this section of the U.S.

Since we're going to be doing some driving, we need some tasty road snacks. But grocery store snacks aren't all that fun. So since we had the afternoon open, we decided to travel to C'Ville and check out a couple of their Oriental Markets. 

The C'Ville Oriental store. We noticed the Chinese characters above the store name. Inside, most of the items were indeed Chinese. That's not a bad thing, but most of the items we like are Korean and Japanese snacks. After not finding much of what we wanted, we stepped out without buying anything.

Next was the Asian Market, Oriental Food & Grocery Store. Like C'Ville Oriental, the store also had quite a selection of Chinese groceries, but it had a few other things that the other store didn't have. So after filling a handcart with some snacks, we brought our loot back to the RV.

Looking out the window to the RV of the clogging children, I just realized the Y and the H on the logo are the exact same letter, just turned upside down.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 46 - Here Comes the Rain Again

Taking a break today because it's looking like it's going to rain. While the weather is getting warmer, it's heading back into electric blanket weather every night for the foreseeable future. It doesn't seem that the winter is going quietly.

Not only is it not going gently, it's being particularly nasty about it, causing some flash flood warnings and hazards. Right now we're under an advisory, but nothing serious unlike 40 miles away. I think after today the rain won't be an issue, but the cold weather might be.

But if the rain wasn't enough, soon the power went out. We were able to use the house battery to light the RV, but the window for power restoration is from 7PM to Noon tomorrow.

Then our phones started vibrating, a tornado warning in the area. Red lights flashed from outside as a rescue vehicle followed by a fire engine parked a few RV spots away. Water began to seep in through windows and we put towels to staunch the flooding. It's been a while since we've had rain quite this hard.
Eventually, the rain ceased and the warnings abated. The power was restored and we recharged all our lovely items. Hmm, maybe it's time to get a NOAA radar for just such potential emergencies.