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.
Yesterday was a travel day for me, though I did get to do some visiting as well. I left my parents’ house and headed south towards Virginia Beach. I will eventually go back to Pittsburgh, but I wanted to catch up to a few friends on the eastern shore of Virginia, as it has been almost ten years since I last saw them.
I got stuck in I-64 traffic, but I eventually made it through the mess. I operated my amateur radio equipment in several new counties southeast of Richmond, and attempted to livestream my crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel system, though the phone overheated, and I think I lost the video.
I ended up meeting my friends for dinner, with some of their coworkers, at Riverside Grill, just inside the Maryland border. We had a great time!
In the evening, I drove over to Ocean City, MD, and spent the night in the Sahara, which is a hotel on the boardwalk. I was able to get the place for $99, which is pretty sweet. I stayed up kinda late walking the boardwalk.
Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Pittsburgh, PA, to Jersey, VA, to visit my parents. I operated my amateur radio equipment on the VHF side. I spent the day playing on six meters and two meters, as there was a VHF contest. I operated from four new grid squares.
I drove down to Arlington to have dinner with my friends, Martha and Eric, whom I haven’t seen for several years. We had a great dinner and visit!
In the evening, I drove back into Maryland and then over the Potomac, rather than trying to go down 95 with all of the accidents.
I took a walk along the Potomac river at sunset, and I will post photos on my outdoor blog.
I arrived at my parents’ house in the evening and have had a nice visit with them so far.
Yesterday, we packed up and headed east for a two week road trip. We only made it as far as Amarillo. We stayed at a Quality Inn just a little ways off I-40. Along our route, we also punched a weak hail core (slushy pea-sized hail). I tweeted about it and it was picked up by Albuquerque NWS as well as Channel 4 in Albuquerque.
JoAnna and I talked about hard work last night. I value hard work and struggle, but why value struggle? It is inefficient and stupid. Learn something new everyday, I suppose.
Yesterday was our first day back from our Christmas road trip. It is always a little sad to end the trip, but also exciting to start out the new year and figure out what things can be done.
I started out by rearranging the area around my desk. I had an old countertop and set of drawers that was almost useless where it was, so I moved it into the kitchen. It is bigger than I’d like, even for the kitchen, though it does provide some extra space for kitchen gadgets. With the countertop behind my desk gone, I also have more room for moving my chair around, instead of getting pinned in.
After that, I did some household cleaning, and started sorting through a pile of mail.
I also did some grocery shopping, returned home, and went to bed.
Yesterday was our return trip to Rio Rancho, NM. We started the day by leaving Oklahoma City, OK, and driving west forever on I-40. I’ve been over that section of pavement quite a few times. In fact, when we arrived in Amarillo, I realized that there are very few hotels there where I have not spent the night.
The drive was thankfully uneventful. I played the license plate game on this trip, and only missed WY and ND.
When we arrived in Albuquerque, we had dinner at Jasmine Thai, which is always a treat.
That wrapped up our day! Now, back to the regularly-scheduled routines and cleaning up from two and a half weeks on the road!