The motorhome's tile floor is probably going in on Tuesday. I believe that my mechanic has finished? But there are some vanity items that have yet to be put up. I have to diagnose an electrical problem. The dashboard, turn signals and forward marker lights don't work. All at once, that sounds like a fuse to me? But I might have a wiring problem? And if so, there's a three way junction at the driver's side marker light that I may have miswired? I believe that the rears are working, but I have to check again.
I checked the breaker switches and so far, that weak one seems like it's suddenly better. But I can't find my replacement breaker switch that I'm sure that I purchased, so maybe I did it already. The converter's face place was never secured and from what I see, it's because one of the switches is rocked out. If I can get it in place, then it will need some mounting screws. This is the sort of thing that I like doing with the motorhome in Lowe's or Home Depot's parking lot. Because if you get the wrong screws, you don't have to go far to get new ones. And I plan on having the auxiliary batteries replaced first thing tomorrow.
The caulking on the front windows was one of the last things that I did. But it didn't hold up and caused a slight leak. Considering that I'm going to move it on Tuesday, I'm going to hold off until I get it back into storage that day to re-caulk those, then put a tarp over the nose for a few days to let it properly hue.
- It was a rest day for me and my mechanic on the motorhome. He predicts that he has one day left. Then my uncle is going to help me tile it's floor, hopefully this weekend? I'm probably going to spend the next few days replacing the analog coax cable and mounting three antennas. There's two for the the wi-fi/ cellular signal booster and the other one is the upgrade from analog to digital TV. I have all the parts, they're just waiting to go in.
I might be able to tape, or couple the digital coax from the outside and master bedroom, then go to the other end and just pull them through? I've got a new faceplate to accommodate the some more ports that I wish to add to the current arrangement. There's a breaker switch to the converter that needs replaced. That piece of equipment is what converts AC power from what's known as the "shore cable," or the electricial line from the outside plug to the motorhome. It also converts the DC power from the batteries to it's AC outlets. At the moment, I'm convinced that the dual house batteries, which use 2 - 12V marine batteries have seen their last winter and are totally dead. I'll probably have them replaced on Friday?
The motorhome is pending a windshield and full replacement of all seven tires. It gets that seven by having 2 in the front, 4 in the rear (call "dualies") and one spare. From what I've seen on line, tires have a 6 year life. Mine are going on double that. The ones that I have now are a rough ride for about 20 minutes until they warm up.
The overhead cab might be strong enough for me to sleep in? I'm 6ft 6in tall and it's difficult to get up and down from, so, I'd like to sleep up there. That leaves the master bed and the table which sets down lower and the cushions convert to a bed. And I might have hikers stay with me?
There may be inaccuracies in what I'm writing in the books. This thing might need a disclaimer? That's because when North Country chapter spans are larger than 99.9 miles, Google Earth's measurements tab rounds up or down to the nearest whole number. What I wish I would have done was converted them to inches, use a calculator and divide by 63,360 to get the mileages for each section with a decimal place in the ten thousandths.
The first thing that I do on a project like this is accumulate the mileage from one section terminator to another from one of the shelter until the both trails are completed. Then for the mileage sheet, it lists villages, cities and other locations. Having the terminator measurements makes it easier to use the section's mile markers. Mine are done every tenth of a mile. But if I had to do it over again, I'd have them made to every hundredth. I just added, or subtracted (depending on the direction I was working on) the locations mileage to the last reported terminator.
I've worked on the book's minor differences for the Road Fork On-Road Shelter. I found that there are some mileages that I forgot to fill in and I really don't know why? And I'm pretty satisfied that the numbers are in for the other shelter now.
So here's how updating it goes. We don't have the volunteers in Far SE Ohio to stay up with Buckeye and North Country Trails "around the clock..." it's quite impossible right now. Any corrections will have to be done during the cold days when we don't have any maintenance, or trail promotion. Additionally, the roads to access those shelters may be impassable to anything other than 4WD vehicles and we may not be able to issue the books new corrections until the snow thaws and exposes the gravel road surfaces?
But in the end, the hikers can reference these sheets and the next day, they can write their fans and support that they're a certain distance from somewhere, perhaps their ultimate destination? I know Buckeye thru hikers and I believe that they would spend a few minutes studying this sheet?
The only thing that differs with the book set to be deployed at the Road Fork On-road Shelter is that this book's mileage sheet mentions 3 directions, instead of just two. I don't have all of the mileages for the North Country Trail (NCT) westbound beyond the Buckeye Trail yet. But I did finish the counter clockwise/ eastbound mileages today. Somehow, the NCT eastbound beyond the Buckeye Trail was finished and correct?
Today, my mechanic continued work on the overhead cab. We drove over to Lowes and got two pieces of plywood and some sheet insulation. The day after tomorrow, my dad "called in the calvary" as we have him, my uncle, brother and myself. Today, I was still fatigued.
The brake lights on my utility hauling trailer work. I'll be towing that with my Chevy HHR in case we need anything bulky? But right now, it's got a load of materials that was stripped out of the overhead bunk area that need to go to the landfill. Not to mention a 30 year old chair that was just taking up space.
This here is a map depicting the mileages from the Whipple Section - Buckeye Trail (North Country concurrent). This is along North Country's route to the west. The whole thing is done, but it would look like a mess in one image. Like I mentioned in a previous log, this project has a dual purpose. One is for a mileage sheet to go into the Trail Manuals at two shelters in SE Ohio. The other is for our Early Warning System that pertains to mobilizing trail angels and resupply in the area. I believe that i can make this data user friendly for all involved internally in Adventurer's Project?
The way that the Early Warning Map works is that hikers would report their positions somehow and we in far SE Ohio would track them as they come in based on what they report. From that, we should be able to predict their arrival based on their pattern? We'll have to readjust for irregularities, but the closer they get to us, the more accurate the prediction becomes.
At this point, all that I have to do now is enter the mileages into the Trail Manual.
But on the motorhome's keys, some of the rings were the inferior aluminum kind. And in my car, I don't remember what it was? Maybe my seatbelt caught one and pried it open and now one of my keys fell down the crack and is under the seat.
A couple days ago, I went to fill up the motorhome at the gas station and realized that the missing key was to a cash box that I kept in a cabinet for key control. The key to the fuel door was in there, but I was able to pry the box open and get it.
Today, I stopped at Lowes and bought a new carabiner, rings and a treaded link. The threaded link is probably steel. It's like a link in a chain with a hex piece that screws and unscrews. This way, I can unscrew it while the motorhome is on and still get into a compartment, or take something off of the hitch? This is all stronger now.
If you wondering, not all of the outside compartments are keyed the same on my motorhome. So, I went around one day and mapped them out. Then I got an aluminum cash box, which is something that a community organization uses take money and hand out change from for a fundraiser. I was going to use stick on hooks inside, then use double sticky foam tape to mount it somewhere in the motorhome for "key control." But I'm not sure that I'll need it anymore? My setup on the rings looks pretty good now.
He's coming by tomorrow to do some minor work on the motorhome. I might drive out with the laptop just to confirm that the unit does work? Then again, one of my nearby relatives uses a digital antenna and get a crystal clear picture?
It's a motorhome with a low torque 351 Windsor engine and does 0 to 60 in about 24 seconds on flat land. It's not fast and when I take my foot off of the accelerator pedal, slowing down is the only thing that it does quickly. Also, it's not very aerodynamic and sometimes when I drive it, it's like pushing a wall. I filled it up today and when I logged everything in, it got 7.1MPG in mixed driving. My mechanic still has to change a secondary "coffee can" fuel filter on the downstream line.
Today's trip was a success. My life can now go on. My appearance with the motorhome at Tar Hollow State Park for the Buckeye TrailFest/ North Country Celebration 2018 and this year's calendar for Adventurer's Project are now in full effect. I think I now have to choose what suit to wear for certain social engagements in Marietta/ Parkersburg?
I also got the second grill cover for the motorhome's new 8in rear speakers. Currently, it has the capacity for 2 - 6in speakers that install in the bottom of two cabinets. Each side has a hard plastic speaker protectors so that items can be stored on top of them. They also have speaker grills for them. Currently, they don't have any speakers or wires running to them.
To upgrade the ports, I'll have to use a jig saw on the cabinets to make their holes wider. Since there aren't any speaker wires running from the stereo in the cab to to the rear speaker ports, I'm thinking about adding them when the ceiling gets rebuilt. I believe that the analog coaxial cable currently installed is running through the ceiling and it needs to be upgraded.
In regards to the coax, I have a digital antenna upgrade to mount and I plan on hooking it up to a USB TV tuner that would be attached to my laptop. Additionally, the coax cables for the Wi-Fi and cellular signal booster need to be routed to a coupler that is on the bottom of one of the cabinets and in the closet in the master bedroom area.
I just crashed Google Earth moving items from Whipple's maintenance folder to Adventurer's project. For you folks who are not familiar with advanced GPS mapping, that means that that folder is very big. Then I did it again, I took my hands off of the keyboard, trackball, waited and again Google Earth crashed. Since this application doesn't have a multiple select option, I had to move the items over one at a time.
-Roadside camping in The Wayne is permitted according to https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5068388.pdf. It's being grouped in with dispersed camping under the heading "Primitive Camping." And the advisory concerning the surface streams is in this document.
- I now have a property polygon (shape) for Caldwell Lake on the Road Fork Section. Trail building there is scheduled for October and camping anytime is not permitted there.
The Wilderness Loop - Buckeye Trail is in SE Ohio and it's 147 miles around. It consists of the Road Fork and Whipple Sections entirely, then parts of the Belle Valley and Stockport Sections. The North Country Trail is concurrent for 117 of those miles. The entire thing is blue blazed (inverse paint on the BT is white). This loop is in the area of Marietta, New Matamoras and Beverly of Washington County, Belle Valley and Caldwell of Noble County, and Stafford and Graysville of Monroe County.
I asked for some advice on North Country Trail's former Facebook group regarding full time working people with families getting to The Wilderness Loop that live outside of Ohio. And the responses that I got were for 13 days at the time and they pretty much said absolutely would not be possible. As the Whipple Section Supervisor - BT (NCT concurrent), I'm going to work to get this audience. That's the primary reason why I'm looking for ways to shave this down. And in two is really the only practical way to do it because Wilderness is a longer shaped loop and between Macksburg and the on-road Road Fork Section shelter is right about where it's at it's thinnest.
For the last 3 years and now with Adventurer's Project, I've been developing the hiker program. I take a very analytical and logistical view of the trail. In this case, I examine it's performance for multiple audiences. And to tell you the truth, this assessment was for those who are capable of hiking at a typical thru hike rate. But the initiative to make the Buckeye Trail 10 Miler compliant could probably solve those two missing campsites of the 5 and 6.
Once he gets the exhaust finished, it's on to rebuilding the interior. It's not easy airing up the tires. The motorhome has E series tires designed to take a higher inflation, in this case, it's 85psi. Normally, cars don't go above 47psi and the motorhome's weight is an issue. But I believe that my local Speedway's air pump can do it? While I'm out there, I have to get both marine batteries replaced. One reason is that the auxiliary generator runs off of the house/ chassis/ auxiliary batteries. Right now, those batteries are 5 years old and they won't hold a charge.
Adventurer's Project for the year 2018 is in full effect.
My mechanic and I took a shakedown cruise today and got the motorhome up to 65MPH. I could have taken it faster. We discovered that the catalytic converter is clogged. But he's not satisfied with the way it has to hold speed on a hill. When I was driving it, the automatic transmission had to downshift.
I think that it's coming along just fine.