17 June…I’m parked and plugged in at my sister and brother in law’s place in Florida…I appreciate it so much that they let me be a guest on their property when I’m in town…temps are in the mid 90’s during the day…my Dometic Penguin 2 A/C unit on the van is doing a great job of keeping me cool…it runs from around 10am to after midnight every day.
My beautiful niece Alyx is a joy to be with…so smart (didn’t get that from me)…we went swimming at mom’s assisted living place the other day and had a great time just hanging out and acting silly…she went with me to pick up the new bike and gave her approval even though she said it only has two wheels (she likes side by sides).
Have an appointment at the Mercedes dealer to have the wheel alignment checked on the van…I have almost 100,000 miles on her and I want to make sure all it perfect as I just had new front tires installed when I was at my buddies place in Oklahoma.
Wednesday I may head up to North Carolina for a week or so the get out of the hot weather, look at some land for sale, and break in the bike…called my friends who let me stay next to their motel in Maggie Valley and they said come on up…so nice to be able to park right downtown across the street from a great Mexican restaurant for $10 bucks a night!
I have a big spool of marine grade 14 gauge two conductor low oxygen stranded copper wire and am planning on slowly rewiring the whole van…I used good wire during the build but I’m constantly looking to make the thing as perfect as I can…plus the new wire is pretty…like me 🙂
22 June…starting to set the new bike up…added 30mm handle bar risors to fine tune the riding position for comfort…nice rear rack and small hard case to carry stuff…all good quality and will work out good….will be adding Oxford Heated handgrips, and that’s about it.
The case is bolted on with four stainless bolts and nuts…won’t be going anyplace 🙂
28 June…uneventful drive up to Maggie Valley NC yesterday…got here about 5 pm after 565 miles of interstate…yay…parked up in the nice grassy field beside my friends Rob and Gabby’s motel right in the center of town…Rob told me to tell my niece Alyx he has the pool and playground all ready for her when she can come up again…we had so much fun last time!…my favorite Mexican restaurant is right across the street so all is well…went for a long ride on the bike through the mountains this morning and looked at a coupe of properties…neither were what I’m looking for…more patches tomorrow…it’s nap time now…so good be able to nap with the windows open…temp is around 70 :)…gonna be here until next Tuesday…huge fireworks display Monday night for the 4th Of July.
29 June…my good friend Wade and his lovely wife stopped by for a visit yesterday…they’re on a little vacation trip through the mountains and grabbed a room at the motel…was great to visit and catch up…good dinner at the Mex place last night and lots of good conversation…they’re headed back towards the coast today…always great to see them…plus Wade gave me a couple of nice books to read…thanks again!
Supposed to rain all day…looks like I’ll be reading and napping 🙂
1 July…had a nice ride through the mountains today up to the Trust General Store…pretty good coffee…the rocking chairs almost put me to sleep…the new bike is just perfect…love it.
I moved to another spot here at the motel to better get away from the crowds expected this weekend for the fireworks show…so good of Rob and Gabby to let me hang out at their motel.
2 July…beautiful cool morning today…coffee at 7, walk at 7:30, oatmeal at 8, then it was off to the Waynesville Recreation Center for a nice $2 shower…had the shower room all to myself…felt good so a ride up and over to the Waterrock Knob overlook on the Parkway was in order…I love the views.