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, I dropped JoAnna and Joey off at the conference and then did a little driving. I drove nearly to Erie, PA, then turned around and drove to Steubenville, OH. I did most of my driving so that I could operate my amateur radio equipment from new counties. I operated from 3 counties in PA, 2 in WV, and 2 in OH.
In the evening, I picked up JoAnna and Joey, and then we met our old friend, Atta, at a Whole Foods. We hadn’t seen Atta in years, though she was our roommate for a few days back in 2006, and a good friend for many years after. It was good to catch up to her!
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, I started the day by running eight miles. It is the longest run I have ever taken.
After my run, I did some shopping and then some cooking in preparation for our road trip over the next two weeks. I cooked three stir fries (15 meals).
I have been messing with my weather station a lot over the past few days. For whatever reason, the transmitter is not able to get a signal into the house like it used to. I changed the batteries, and still no luck. I found that moving the receiver closer to the transmitter helped, so I may mount the receiver closer. It’s annoying though, because it used to work just fine.