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Martha Arrives

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Martha is coming tonight at 11:45. She left specific instructions that everything had to be clean. I checked off the list: The truck is clean and the trailer has been washed. Despite the accident, all other systems seem to be working. I have patched the roof, and hopefully stopped the leak. I had done the laundry and put clean sheets on the beds.

I straightened up inside, swept and washed the bathroom and dusted. Next on the list was to repair the injured WeBoost antenna. I have found it essential for cell phone reception. It gives you one more bar of reception, which is often just enough to get things done. The accident knocked it backward, and it was laying flat on the roof. Backing up to the front of the trailer as close as possible, the truck stuck out in the road. Sorry, but there was no other way to do this. Fortunately, cars could get by and no RVs had to pass. 

Cleaning all the roof cement that held it on was the toughest part. I had bought a plastic scraper at the hardware store so I wouldn’t scratch the aluminum, but it wasn’t very efficient. Finally I climbed down and got a knife out of the truck, and that helped a lot. Industrial Strength Velcro is my best friend. I have many uses for it. I put it over anything inside the trailer that bounces around during travel. Now I would attempt to hold the antenna with it. Finally I was satisfied with the job. The cable to it is big, so that went a long way in keeping it on the roof.

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After lunch I took a little break and walked around the campground a bit. It is a very pretty place on Grande Lake. Not a big provincial park, it very nicely laid out, well-spaced and the staff does a great job. The bathrooms and showers are clean, modern and some of the best I have seen. It has also been a great spot to recover and get things done.

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While I worked all day, looking out at these beautiful flowers and forest helped.

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Poor Martha had a 7-hour layover in Newark. She called and said her flight was delayed a half hour. The ferry to Newfoundland is scheduled for day after tomorrow, so there was a bit of wiggle room, but the schedule was to move to Battery Provincial Park tomorrow, which is only an hour from the ferry.

I got in a pretty good sleep, setting the alarm for 11:15. I hate to wake people in the campground driving out, but that’s just the way it is. I was glad to see Martha. We were both tired and a bit grumpy, but a new adventure now begins.

A Day of Projects

Monday, July 25, 2019

A nice couple had stopped to admire the Airstream. They were from Newfoundland, but moved to Nova Scotia to be near their children. There are no grandchildren yet, but they were taking care of the dog this week. I asked if they knew a place where I might wash the Airstream. They suggested talking to the campground staff.

I had Googled truck wash, but it was questionable whether I could get the trailer in. Hooking up, I stopped at the office. Two young men were in their golf cart ready to start their workday at the campground. They told me there was a Shell station in the next town where they had seen lots of people washing their RV’s. I thanked them profusely and headed that way. It may not seem like much, but there are not so many places you can wash and Airstream, much less one of those big RVs.

I found the Shell station and very cautiously pulled in, getting out several times to check clearance and to see if the arm of the washing wand could travel to both sides of the Airstream. I was joyous when I saw it would. Finding no change machine or credit card way to pay, I went inside for Loonies. The lady said she could change my American, but without the exchange rate. I was just happy to find a place and agreed. 

I took a good hour or so to wash it good. A fellow with a big RV pulled in the bay next to me. Climbing up on the truck toolbox, I sprayed the solar panels and roof the best I could, wondering if it would leak.

I filled up with diesel, and started talking to a fellow gassing up on the other side of the pump. He was from Newfoundland, and wished me well in my travels. He was impressed we were going for two months. I drove back down the road to an auto parts store and bought five gallons of DEF. I asked the nice man at the desk for a hardware store, and he directed me. 

I looked all over the well-stocked hardware store for any kind of sheet metal before finally asking a man. He took me through a closed door into the sheet metal cutting shop and cut me a 3’ x 2’ piece of aluminum. I then got some sheet metal cutters. I have some, but did not bring them on the trip.

I felt good getting all this done before noon, so went back to Laurie Provincial Park, ate lunch and took a big nap.

The roof repair at Profile was pretty good, but there was a depression where water was collecting and eventually leaking. Backing the truck as close as possible, I could climb up on the roof. I usually bring a ladder, but of course this time I didn’t. I cut, placed and riveted aluminum in two pieces trying to level out the roof. I taped one with RV roof tape (great stuff), the other with duct tape since I ran out of RV roof tape. I would ask Martha to bring more. Lots of people watched as they walked by, but I couldn’t afford the time to look up. 

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Then I moved my “ladder” and washed the solar panels. Now I could engage with people walking by. Many said how much they liked the Airstream, and everyone was so nice. 

It was a good day. I got a lot of important things done, but now I was very tired. Martha comes late tomorrow night, and I still had a lot to do, but they were little, manageable things.