Moving on – to Port Clinton, OH

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.

farm 1 farm 2 farm 3 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.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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