She seems a little better this morning though so hopefully the worst of it has passed.
We went for a 14 km (9 mile) bike ride yesterday morning. About 1 km from home, Ruth's bike got a flat tire so we walked the last little bit. Ruth's bike has just about had it, so I'm not going to repair the tire...we're going to find her a used bike, and there are a ton of them advertised on http://www.kijiji.ca/
Yesterday's project was cleaning Sherman's batteries. We have four 6V Trojan T-105 batteries, but two of them are exposed to the elements and two of them are in one of the lower storage compartments. The two that are exposed to the elements had been doing fine until last March when we had to drive through the salt and slush up to Nova Scotia. There's no way I would normally let them get this bad, but we haven't been parked up anywhere with decent enough weather to get this done, and so it was just put on the list of things to do while we're here. And yes, I had corrosion block on the terminals, but salt is apparently stronger. The two in the storage compartment do not exhibit any sign of corrosion at all.
Before - nasty!
After - much better!
An interesting side not about our batteries...I have read many times where people have needed to add distilled water to their batteries, but even after two years these batteries have never needed water. Perhaps heat has something to do with it, maybe there is evaporation only after the temperature gets into the 90's or something, or perhaps it depends on the charging system you've got. Anyhow, I just thought it was interesting that ours have never needed to be topped up, and I check them fairly regularly.
We've been house and dog sitting for one of the neighbours up here for the weekend. She has a pretty little spot on the river so it's been nice to wake up to a different view the last two days.