Monday, April 25, 2011

Racin': Preparing to Leave for One Lap of America 2011

The past week has been full of preparations for One Lap of America 2011.

The Roadster spent last week at Car Tender getting its needs attended to; new tie rods, new front hubs and bearings, new front brake rotors, rebuilt front brake calipers, a new pulley/tensioner assembly for the supercharger belt and a new blower belt as well, new front wheels and four brand new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. It was not a cheap week to be the owner of the Roadster.

The trailer is getting refurbished as well. Francis has been doing all of the work on that. He made sure that all of the lights work, paying particular attention to the grounds for them and buying a just-in-case replacement set (guaranteeing that we would not need them). New Bearing Buddies on the wheels will ensure that there is always grease in the bearings (no more road side repairs at 8 pm on a Sunday night in Oklahoma, thank you very much.). In addition, he raised the spring perches in the back so that we would have more tire clearance when the trailer is heavily loaded.

I'm going to leave work early today and do a final bit of shopping for stuff for the road and then go home to pack the trailer and my bag for 18 days on the road. I expect that by the time May 13th rolls around and I am back in Seattle, I will have covered about 10,000 miles. I'll be writing posts from the road.

I leave tomorrow morning at 4:00 a.m. heading east. I'm going to stop in Missoula, Montana for lunch with Walter and then end the day in Billings.

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I'm currently 60 years old. I currently work as the learning management system specialist for American University of Madaba in Madaba, Jordan. I was originally certified as a high-school English teacher and taught school for 13 years (1 year of substituting, 1 year of 7th grade, 2 years of a combined 5th, 6th, 7th grade, 9 years of 8th grade). I've worked for hardware and software companies for the past 23 years doing training, training materials development, certification test development and other education related stuff. My wife and I have raised four children to adulthood; some of them live at home at the moment, but that won't last (they're too independent for that). We live at home with 2 Golden Retrievers, 2 black cats, a crazy cat, and, during the winter, 70,000 coho salmon.