6/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Van Buren, AR, to Rio Rancho, NM.  A few miles into Oklahoma, the Crown Vic just stopped running in the middle of I-40.  The engine just shut off.  I coasted to a stop on the shoulder, popped the hood, and looked for anything leaking or a broken belt, but saw nothing.  After a few minutes, I turned the key and it started again.  We drove to Oklahoma City and stopped at a Firestone that was about to close.  They did an engine code check, and saw that there was a throttle error, but did not have time to run a diagnostic before closing time.  We continued west.

In Amarillo, we stopped for dinner at Red Lobster (to celebrate my birthday!) and then continued west.  As we were way behind schedule, we ended up pulling over and sleeping for a bit before returning home right before sunrise.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad!

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6/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we drove from Amarillo, TX, to Joplin, MO.  It was great weather, with no rain or storms anywhere.  It wasn’t even all that humid.

Joey and I have been playing the license plate game, and I am only missing a few license plates at this point.

We stopped several times in Amarillo before rolling out of town.  We ended up at the Quality Inn in Joplin.  Unfortunately for me, the Steak N Shake was closed when I arrived.

Otherwise, it was an uneventful day.

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5/17/15: Daily Post

The last 24 hours have been frustrating, to say the least. I found out last night that my debit card had been compromised, and turned off. I found this out while trying to get gasoline during a severe thunderstorm that was bearing down on Wichita Falls, TX. Instead of making a well-planned escape, I had to track down an ATM and get cash before the storm hit; and before the bank closed their office for the evening.

After that, having only cash, I found it hard to find a hotel. I ended up sleeping in my car on the west side of Amarillo. That part actually worked out well.

This morning, my car died. The harmonic balancer has a rubber part that filled up with oil from my leaky engine. Once it was full of oil, it expanded and popped the harmonic balancer apart. I was able to limp it to a shop (believe it or not) a few hundred yards away. I am now waiting for the repair, with limited funds (due to my card being stolen).

I sound like every bum who has ever tried to borrow money. I did figure it out though, and the repair shop should have me on the road tomorrow. It will be a story I tell for years to come!

I also had a very good storm chase yesterday. It kinda makes up for the issues I had. I posted the full bit on my storm chase blog, but here is one photo of the Wichita Falls, TX, supercell I saw:

5-16-15 supercell 03

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2/22/14: Daily Post

Even though I am past midnight in my current time zone, my home time zone still shows 11:19 PM, so I’m posting from “today,” and am not late.

We are in Tulsa, OK for the night. There is a race tomorrow, a 1/4 marathon, that my girlfriend will run. I will not be running, but will be enjoying the lovely spring weather here in Oklahoma as I did today. We rode with the windows down and had a great time rolling across Oklahoma.

I played on ten meters with an old Radio Shack HTX-10 radio. Ten meters was wide open and I worked several stations. I love that old radio- it was my first HF radio, and I made a few hundred contacts with it between classes at Virginia Tech back in 2002/2003. I have a lot of fond memories with that radio, and I am so happy that it still works.

Hopefully, I’ll do some more major updates over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!