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Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 7, 2018 - 06:04pm PT
Joey F. You can see the current selection of chalkbags at https://www.etsy.com/shop/climbaddictdesigns

JTM - I did a quick look about homesteading and though it's not quite what we think of as traditional homesteading, it is pretty cool to know it's available. I love seeing these small towns, and drove through one today(I'd have to look at the map for the name) that made me so sad. Just a one-street "downtown" but the only active enterprise seemed to be the grain elevator. As I went through, I was thinking how the small towns that cater to the creative arts seem to be able to revitalize the best. That, and an stalwart refusal to let chain businesses come in.

It seems Kansas has several towns with opportunities to get free/inexpensive land, and the article I read said there are also some in Alaska and Texas, but when I followed the link, it said I didn't have access.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Apr 7, 2018 - 07:43pm PT
Thanks, my original went by the wayside. Cheers!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2018 - 09:05am PT
^I just sent you a message via the Supertopo system, which doesn't work all that well. If you didn't get it - before you make your choice, can you please send me a note via the Contact button on my Etsy shop linked above?
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2018 - 05:16pm PT
Allllmost there....Tonight I am in Springfield, Illinois.

The last few days I have been putting on more miles than I am used to, and by this time at night it's hard to keep my eyes open. But if I go to sleep too early, then I wake up in the middle of the night.

If anyone wants, I have been posting pictures from the travels on Instagram, at https://www.instagram.com/talismantoo/

Not much in the way of climbing-related there, fair warming. It's more a focus on little details I notice as I am in small towns, mixed with some nature images, mixed with images of my jewelry and in-progress videos
i-b-goB

Social climber
Wise Acres
Apr 10, 2018 - 05:28pm PT
Beautiful work and fair travels!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Apr 10, 2018 - 05:59pm PT
Hugs to you and that curly fur baby!


Susan
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Apr 10, 2018 - 08:59pm PT
Cool pictures, makes me want to hit the road! not much of a jewelry person myself, but your stuff is very cool. You definitely got a knack for making it.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2018 - 03:57pm PT
Thanks everyone. I have to say that, although in my mind I was like "Once I get passed Gunnison, it's just driving," has been untrue. Visiting these small towns spontaneously is such a fun thing to do.

Macon, Missouri started out so depressing, as I hate to see old towns all but abandoned, but as I went around, I talked to a few people and learned a bit. That one desperately needs some kind of good juju, or the downtown will not make it much longer, though.

Then, I pulled into Hannibal, MO to work on an order, and discovered it was the birthplace of Samuel Clemmens(although they market it as birthplace of Mark Twain... which I suppose is true also, but....definitely trading on the Americana aspect of it. Nonetheless, very cool buildings there.

Then today, I just pulled off into Lafayette, Indiana to get gas and check on line, and didn't realize, as I went further up the road, that it was home of Perdue University. I just saw this fantasically revitalized downtown and was like "Who'd have known!?" But yeah, I suppose having a major uni will help pay for the upkeep. Anyway - gorgeous architectural detail there - wow.

I'm on the home stretch, but haven't got to be back on a schedule(I missed the scheduled appearance my supervisor was hoping for, as he asked if I could be back to work on this Friday, though I had told him 4/15 back when I left JT), and expecting to arrive about noon on Saturday. Just under 800 miles left.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 11, 2018 - 04:04pm PT
Hope it warms up for you. been pretty cold in VT.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2018 - 04:41pm PT
Yeah - the weekend is rain forecast, and I think they had snow a few days ago - Brrr!

But it's seasonably nice here in Indiana, and so I am guessing after this carpy rainy weekend, it should be good at the Gunks.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 12, 2018 - 03:09am PT
fresh snow on the ground this morning in VT but I am also up pretty high. Gunks usually much warmer than us.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 12, 2018 - 05:40am PT
Gunks has sunny tomorrow, potential rain Saturday and probable rain Sunday(which is just so much fun to arrive in.)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2018 - 04:32pm PT
We are stopped for our last night(if I'm not jinxing myself) in Tuhkhannock, Pennsylvania, with about 100 miles driving left.

The Allegheny's gave Penny a run for her money, I will say, and I had my fears that she wouldn't get up the hill on a few occasions. I had wanted to stop at Clark's Summit, but pulled into this town to give Lucas his walk and see how much further it would be. Was I ever happy to see it was only 20 more miles. So, I stopped for dinner, and Google tells me there is a Walmart 3 miles away, so I decided to stay there, and then tomorrow we will come back into the historic town center to enjoy. Unless it is raining....then, maybe not.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 15, 2018 - 03:05pm PT
Made it back to NY, arriving at my place at 2pm.

Penny definitely has something going on, though. When I press the gas pedal, the engine shudders. I have to press pretty hard, and then it goes without the shakies. Also, it starts to shudder a little bit when I let off the pedal at higher speeds. Also, doesn't seem to have as much power when I DO press the gas. That one, I think is probably the oil leek gaining on the poor girl. Loosing compression.

Once I get back settled in, will have to see what is going on, but I have the feeling that was her last cross-country drive.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 15, 2018 - 03:44pm PT
Could just be plugs and wires etc???
nasty ice storm here today....
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Apr 15, 2018 - 09:10pm PT
Thanks for sharing another journey with us Happie. There are those of us who really appreciate what you do, and that you share it with us too.

Cheers
DMT
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 09:19am PT
Thank you, DMT - and you know, I hope, that we also appreciate the photo essays you post as well.

As for the van, I have to have it checked out after I get back to work. A coworker asked if, when I depress gas pedal in Neutral, if it delays, thinking that might give some indication whether it is the pedal linkage, or maybe something to do with transmission(he wasn't pretending to be an expert, so nobody needs to jump on that in a negative way).

At any rate, in Neutral, the RPMs increase immediately, no hesitation.

The van has a couple things going on. One is the hesitation with response when pressing the gas. It has ALWAYS had a delay, unless I really floored it because I had to get passed someone and didn't want to dilly-dally at it. Then, it would kick in and go like a race pony.

I don't think I would want to put her in the position of having to do that these days, unless it was an emergency.

But, it doesn't "catch" unless I press a little hard. It goes uhn-hn-uhn-uhhhh, and then wehn I press harder, goes vrroooommmm! And then, when I get up to cruising speed it kind of shudders a bit then, too, if I have the pedal depressed at all. Foot off entirely, no shuddering.

And the second issue, I can't eve say it sounds like it is coming from the engine, actually, but it almost sounds like what I would thing a knocking rod might sound like.

I know this is all vague. Probably I should have started a separate thread so people could get the full value fun out of it.....
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Apr 16, 2018 - 10:32am PT
Has the issue gotten progressively worse? Plugs, points (if your van has them) and wires are the first suspect. I would ignore the linkage suggestion.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:26pm PT
Your best bet is to bite the bullet and get to a mechanic sooner rather than later.. sorry :(
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2018 - 08:46am PT
Yes, a mechanic is the key, and will do. It started the stuttering a few weeks before I left Joshua Tree, and got worse while I was going through the Alleghenies.

BUT!

It isn't "as bad" now. It was really asking a lot to go up those hills, after having already been driving a few hours.



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