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2019/07/31

Autoparts In

I got more auto parts.  I think I spent over $500 on them?  Turns out that I'll have to "burb" the radiator.  But the procedure requires knowing the engine temperature so it doesn't go critical.  My 1987 Chevy Van only has a dashboard light that I'm not sure if it's hooked up right?  So, I've got gauges for the battery, engine temperature, oil pressure and a tachometer.  I'll be filling the radiator to the top with water.

2019/07/30

Radiator Cap

Today, I got a radiator cap for my 1987 Chevrolet (Chevy) G20 Sportvan.  It's really low on antifreeze and I'm convinced that it needs to be filled from the cap instead of the reservoir first.  But my Haynes repair manual, which is coming in the next 36 hours.  I might as well not start the oil change until then.

2019/07/29

Radiator Cap

My 1987 Chevy G20 Sportvan doesn't have a window washer reservoir.  And probably not a motor either.  That's why it didn't activate on the way back from the BTA board retreat.  Lucky for me, the reservoir is cheap.  I have to get a new radiator cap because I believe that I'm going to have to warp the one that's on there to get  it off?

2019/07/24

Correction: Used 1987 Chevy G20 Sportvan

The van is a 1987 Chevy G20 Sportvan with a 305 cubic inch, 5.0L, fuel injected engine.

Acquired: Used Chevy Sportvan

I just acquired a 1986 Chevy Sportvan with over 140,000 miles on the odometer yesterday.  I grew up in the working class in these duplexes outside of Painesville.  We lived there for 12 years and that outpaced anyone we knew there.  We worked under cars using a carpet on gravel.  And out there, we had more "beaters" than I care to remember.

Particularly when you buy a used vehicle from a private seller, there are two things that you do right away.  1) inspect it.  And 2) give it a basic tune up just because.  You don't know how old the oil, air filter, spark plug and wires are?

The van has a dual exhaust, but extensive rust on the tailgate floor, so much that it's developed holes.  The engine seems strong and has lots of power.  I tried to fill up the gas tank, but it only took about 7 gallons at the pump.  The fuel gauge is reading less than half.  My guess is that this is an old vehicle with a big tank and the pump nozzle just has to be manipulated a little?  I know this happens to old trucks.

As an update, I believe that I still have 73,349 points at Speedway gas stations.  I last knew that I had enough for a nearly free full tank.  Speedway requires that I pay something.  Last time, I paid $0.08 per gallon.  But my nearest one is about 30 minutes away.  And the motorhome isn't going much of anywhere for a while.

2019/07/17

Professional Grade Weed Whacker

Yesterday, in my tent at the Little Muskingum Watershed Association, I realized that I brought a wrong leg to my convertible pants/shorts.  Most of the time on the Whipple Section - Buckeye Trail (North Country concurrent).  Most of the time on Whipple, I can weed whack in shorts.   But when I went down to the Little Muskingum River Flats yesterday with my weed whacker to do some "business," I had to wear my denim pants.

On the flats, there's stinging nettles.  They don't do anything permanent when they get on you... they just burn.  And the only way they come off in a pinch is with water.

We were in the middle of the Road Fork/ Whipple Work Week 2019.  And it doesn't matter if it's 104°F.  If that's the time... that's the time.  I had the only professional grade brush cutter/ weed whacker available and I need to do at least the western third or half where it's thickest and tallest.  It has a 36.2cc displacement, so it's the biggest and most powerful thing out there.

2019/07/16

Trail Impassable

For the record, the Little Muskingum River Flats between the Whipple Section - Buckeye Trail (North Country concurrent), Points 05 - 06 was impassable when Warrior Expedition hikers Luke Bushatz and Chad Hiser came through.  As the section supervisor of said section, I certified this segment as temporarily impassable and recommended that they bypass it.  By temporarily impassable, that means that the remedy to the problem was so internally trivial that it could have been corrected before the BTA could compensate with a trail alert.  Nonetheless, this area is known for it's steep 400ft ascents/ descents with a flood plane in between that is subject to flood and river sediments that make growing vegetation ideal.  When in disrepair, this area is subject to stinging nettles and 6ft, dense brush that would have made navigation a nightmare.

2019/07/15

Road Fork/ Whipple Work Week

Normally, I dont complain about how heavy my gear is, but yesterday got me. My body's water consumption is still use to the Army. And for other medical reasons, I carry 6 liters in two Camelback bladders.

I had my 20,000mAh power bank for my smartphone and I had to get rid of that. In the past I was concerned that my toes might hit my brush cutter's fixed blade. I just threw out my hiking boots, but after this, I dont think I'll be using my steel toes much longer?

I did 7.32 miles yesterday on volunteer brush cutting.

I feel terrible that the crew is working on the Little Muskingum River Flats and I'm not down there with them. Last night when I went to sleep, the left side of my brain was in slight pain.

I stayed behind today with Tracey, the Chuck Wagon Volunteer. She took me to New Martinsville to get some things for my brush cutter. The high is out of adjustment and the clerk at Bridgeport gave me a small flathead screwdriver for it. Turns out it's a hex screw inside of a tube. Needle nose pliers might get inside there? And I said might?

It amazes me for how much the work weeks are not accommodating to those who dont have a car. I would have thought that the BTA would have found a way around this by now?

2019/07/05

Trail Impassable, Permit and Rental Van

The DIY automotive work that I've been doing took me my volunteerism to the brink with the maintenance season and these thru hikers.  My car is at the shop and it has been moved. So either they diagnosed it, it's in the process or its being repaired?

I have a rental car until Monday afternoon.  Yesterday, I determined that I wasnt able to mow the Little Muskingum River Flats between the Whipple Section - Buckeye/ North Country National Scenic Trail between Points 05 - 06, which is Brooks by McCain Hill & Bean Ridge Rds to Brooks by Cow Run Rds in Lawrence Township of Washington County, Ohio. At this time, the flats have 6ft high, thick brush and is impassable. 2019 Thru Hiker Lucas Smith, at my discretion as the Section Supervisor, bypassed the affected segment.

I met up with him today and got him his AEP ReCreation Land permit.

Just before I had this rental car, I had a rental van. I drove it down Cornstalk Road near Caldwell of Noble County, Ohio. The temperatures have been hot and the van took on some tar from a few patches. Enterprise called me and said that it's going to cost me about $100 to get it detailed because they couldn't wash it off. In other parts of the Buckeye Trail, tarred roads can be somewhat common. I'm somewhat surprised that that they didnt know that nature of these?