Well yesterday turned out to be a productive day. Although we had some showers in the afternoon, we still managed to get a lot done.
In the morning, we searched through the flyers to see what was on sale, and where. Then, we planned our route and took the little car into town to pick up a few items that we needed that were on sale. On the way, I spotted a little independent garage and we stopped in so that I could ask if they were interested in installing the new Bilstein shocks I had bought for Sherman's front end.
Turns out the guy was brand new in business and had only opened his doors a month ago and was only too willing to take on some new jobs. In fact, he asked if we could drop by with Sherman at 1:30 yesterday afternoon, and sure enough as soon as we showed up he went right to work.
Now, I knew that it wasn't that big of a job because there's only two bolts holding each shock on. But I had looked under there and was pretty sure that those bolts had been on there for 15 years and I've only got small hand tools so it wasn't something I would be able to do myself. But for a guy with the right tools, it wouldn't be a big deal.
So I'm keeping track of how much time the guy has spent working on Sherman, and after about 40 minutes, he's done! I ask how much, and he says "oh, just give me $25"!!! I was prepared for $60 or $70 dollars plus 15% taxes. I didn't need or want a bill, so I gave the guy $30 cash and was on my way! The underground economy is alive and well here in overtaxed Nova Scotia!
And, I could tell an immediate difference in the feel of Sherman and how he handles. Of course ANY new shocks would have made a difference because sure enough, the old ones were so worn that they may as well have not been there. But the Bilsteins are supposed to be top quality so that makes even more difference. Now, I want to get the rear shocks changed as well!
Got parked up back at our house sitting and then it showered for an hour or so. After the rain stopped, I borrowed the shop vac here and reorganized all of the outside lower storage compartments and vaccumed them out.
Then, it was time to soak in the hot tub with a refreshing beverage.
On an different note, we think we are going to accelerate our travel plans. Originally, we were to spend all summer here, but we've just about had our fill of Nova Scotia and so we're thinking that we'll take the month of July and head back towards Ontario and spend some time in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Then the month of August in the Ottawa area before heading through the U.S. to the Mexican border for the month of September.