5/8/14 Thursday in Port Clinton, OH (Erie Islands Resort-ROD)
We both slept well, although John had something in his eye (itchy, red) and a part of his mouth was kind of numb. He said I hit him. I say some bug bit him. So nice getting up when I was ready, just in time for a lovely sunrise.
Said our goodbys to our new friends and were leaving before 9 am. The P/S slide was really tight so John put the rear jacks down to help. It did, but the jacks didn’t like it-we’re not supposed to have any jacks down and we’re supposed to have the front (pivot point) jack down whenever we do use the jacks. Well, so goes the war. US 224 is nice; a 2 lane road but mostly straight so people can pass and fairly smooth. Not much traffic. Already, we’re into Ohio.
Next was US 30 with 4 lanes, then I-75. It got really warm yesterday (80’s) and it was getting there today. Fun being in shorts and barefoot!
Our trip went smoothly so I was sure there would be no adventures to report, but wait, there’s more: After we got the rig set up (too tight to put the P/S slide out), I went to drive the car into our lot, out of the road. Couldn’t get it out of Park. Felt dumb telling John this. He tried and couldn’t budge the stick either. Hmm. We called to let the Resort know our car was stuck on the road. John got the phone number for Honda in Sandusky, I called them. Eric answered and guided us, oh so patiently, through possible issues. Would the engine turn on? Yes. When the brake peddle was pushed, did those lights show? No. That meant there was a serious enough problem, we’d need to have our car towed to Honda or solve the problem here. He went to look at a 2011 Honda CRV to accurately identify the fuse boxes (below dash & under hood) so he could guide us to them. Eventually we found the brake (stop&horn) fuse and it was blown. Honda kindly has a spare fuse in that same place, so we replaced the bad one and tried to get out of Park. Voila! We were good. Oh yes, the reason it blew was apparently due to the very hard stop John had made for a yellow light. We think the InvisiBrake did it’s job but in doing so sent too much power to the brake system.
After lunch we set off for Sandusky: Great Clips was having a sale, $5.99/haircut, then to Honda to personally thank Eric for all that he saved us from, then milk at Krogers and home again.
Now it was so hot we couldn’t enjoy the outdoors, but stayed inside with the A/C on. I managed to get 3 loads of laundry done throughout the day.
Ah, no more travel day gathering-up the rig for several days now. Nice.