We arrived here in Galetta, Ontario on Monday evening. So that gave us only about six full days to see all of our friends and relatives in the area as well as prepare the little blue car for the long journey into Mexico. We head out of here this coming Monday morning, October 22.
The first thing I had to do was to get our little car out of storage. It had been parked in September of 2011, so it had been sitting for 13 months. It was a kind of a last minute decision at the time, and I hadn't done very much in the way of preparation. Hadn't even given the interior a clean up! Nope, no fuel stabilizer, nothing! That's not like me at all, but if I remember back to the time, I had been in panic mode getting the new flooring and a few other things done to Sherman in order to get him ready for the drive down to Mexico. So, all I did was to take the battery out and park it.
So before we left to go pick it up I charged the battery and brought it up to the top of the steps. Packed up some tools and put them in Ruth's dad's car and Ruth and I headed out. It was about 40 kms (25 miles) to the garage where it was stored. Made it there and opened to the back door to get the battery out.
But there was no battery.
Dammit! The battery was still at the top of the stairs! Can anybody say "STUPID"??!! That's one of those things where you just shake your head and get back in the car and do the whole trip all over again. Oh well.
So, an hour later we arrive back at the little blue car, but this time with the battery. I noticed that one tire was a little low but the tires are just about done so I figured I would just drive it like that until we got back to Galetta. So I put the battery in and turned the key. It fired up like it had only been sitting a day! Just like that, the little blue car was raring to go! He wants to go south too!
I had a few minor repairs to do, so I worked on that yesterday. The horn wasn't working and the alarm system was on the fritz too. And there was a turn signal bulb burnt out as well as the interior light. Turns out the horn was just a fuse, but that always makes you wonder why the fuse blew. And the alarm system had a corroded switch that signals to the system that the hood is closed. So I just bypassed that switch and now the alarm system works fine.
I put some air in that one low tire and inspected it. Sure enough, there's a tiny screw puncturing the tire. It's obviously just a very slow leak so the screw will remain where it is. If I removed it, I would have to have the tire repaired. We're going to get new tires when we get into the U.S. where things are still cheaper than in Canada despite the value of the dollars being approximately the same.
I had arranged the insurance, but the license plate sticker had expired in February. So yesterday I went to the licence bureau. These guys can never make anything simple! I had wanted to buy a sticker that wouldn't expire until February 2014, just like the motorhome has, but the car will then be 7 years old. Currently, the system says you don't need an emissions test until the car is seven years old, so no test required just now. But to extend the sticker, they want me to get a test done. Then, they said they weren't even sure that I would be able to renew. This is the same circus they put us through last year with the motorhome. So I bought the sticker ($82) that expires in February 2013. No credit for the fact that it hasn't been on the road for the last eight months. Or the fact that it won't even be in Ontario for the next four. Oh well, you have to play by their rules. At least they spend the money wisely! Ha!
Ruth has been busy helping her Dad with the meals and the house. Our timing was perfect actually because he had a fairly detailed operation last week and was only released from the hospital on Tuesday of this week. He's seems like he's doing fine though and that was the only thing that would have held up our departure.
Visiting with our son for the next two days, and then looking forward to a get together with my mother and my sisters on Sunday, followed by a visit with some old friends.
We are sooooo looking forward to our roadtrip and getting back into Mexico!