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I thought I had a pesky problem solved…

Jim says:

Another thing I love about full-time RVing is that there are generally few problems in life and those tend to be small problems. This story is about a small problem that has been pestering me since we acquired the new motorhome.

Most Class A (the big square ones like ours) motorhome are built on a truck chassis. Our motorhome is on a Workhorse Chassis with 19.5″ dual rear wheels. Checking and adding air to the tires can be somewhat of a pain. On our motorhome I installed a valve stem extension for the inside wheel and it works fine. I’ve tried a number of items on the outside wheel to no avail. Even a Camping World Service Manager told me he had nothing that would fix my problem.

Right now the only way I can add air to the outside wheel is to use an angled chuck. I’ve good a real good quality 12 volt air pump, but it does not have an angled air chuck. The hole on the outside wheel is too small to attach my air pump.

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The too small hole.

The day before yesterday I was on the phone with a Goodyear Tire Store and they told me they had all kinds of angled valve stems that would fix my problem.

Yesterday I went to the Goodyear Tire Store and the angled valve stem looked like it would work. They would only charge me $28.50 to do both wheels, plus tax…and no charge if they didn’t work. I was ecstatic! Camping World gets $54.50 for one-half hour of labor!

They took a wheel off the motorhome, removed the tire from the steel wheel and…Oh, No!…the hole on the steel wheel was too large for the angled valve stem. I was crushed! From the time I arrived until I departed…two hours had slipped away…and good to their word…there was no charge. That was good…but I’ve still got my pesky problem!

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This angle valve wouldn’t work because the hole on the steel wheel was too large.

In other news…
As pretty as the day before yesterday was at the Gulf Island National Seashore…when you are near the beach there are very small gnats. I ran into them along the gulf shore in Mississippi also. They’re so small they can fit through the openings of the motorhome window screens. There were dozens of them and they bite like alligators. Fortunately they have a very short life span and they are also very dumb. They like camping out on the dining room window…so they made easy targets for my fast-moving thumb. I squished about 100 of them. I now have no more gnats in the motorhome! The gnats were a rather pesky problem that I did manage to fix!

So I decided to move on and ended up only about 25 miles down the road in Destin, Florida. After finishing with the Goodyear Tire Dealer I wasn’t in the mood to drive further. So I spent last night in American Legion Post there in Destin. I’m such a lucky guy…I get to meet so many nice people. At the American Legion bar, I met Gary and Connie from upper Wisconsin…married 43 years and still happy together. Thanks Gary and Connie for the great conversations.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Jim says:

Yesterday I arrived at the Gulf Islands National Seashore about 25 miles East of Pensacola, Florida. I was in the middle of a seven mile stretch with no housing or commercial developments of any kind.

I’m glad it was an overcast day with a temperature at 69 degrees. When the sun is shining, the sugar-white sand is blinding. Along with the cloud cover, there was a gentle breeze with only the sound of seagulls and the small waves washing up on to the shore. Since it was a Monday…the place was deserted. I had it to myself.

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My current location as seen by Google Earth.
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Looking East.
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Looking South.
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Looking West.

I sat on the beach in my folding chair most of the day reading an Elmer Kelton western novel. It was most peaceful and relaxing. Who knows…I just may never leave here!

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A good place to sit and read.

Unfortunately…Some workers came by late in the afternoon…since there were no signs saying no overnight no parking…I asked…they didn’t know and made a cell phone call to inquire and were told no parking allowed overnight. I normally do not ask…but I didn’t want a Ranger coming by at midnight telling me I had to move. So I moved Easterly for about four miles until I left the park boundaries. I found a nice quiet side street that I had previously scouted and spent the night there.

Here’s the official government website link…
http://www.nps.gov/guis/index.htm

All original material Copyright � Jim Jaillet 2010
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Fort Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida

Jim says: Barrancas in Spanish means “bluffs” and that’s where this fort is built…on the bluffs overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. The Spanish completed Fort San Carlos de Barrancas and Bateria de San Antonio (the water battery) in 1797. The water battery used to bounce cannon balls off of the waters in the bay and into enemy ships. The water battery makes Fort Barrancas very unique as it is the only one in existence in all of the forts in the United States.

From 1839 to 1844, the U.S. Army with a force of some 60 contracted slaves made improvements to the Spanish water battery and built Fort Barrancas over the ruins of San Carlos de Barrancas. It is said to contain 6 million bricks.

I’ve been to many old forts in my travels and spent and enjoyable 1.5 hours exploring this most unique one.

Here’s a few photos I took…

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Enemies attempting to enter Pensacola Bay had to approach from the Gulf of Mexico (bottom of photo).
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Three forts protected the bay entrance. This diagram shows the range of their guns and overlapping fields of fire. Fort McRee no longer exists…the remains are underwater.
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This model shows Fort Barrancas and the white part is the Water Battery and it faces the entrance to Pensacola Bay.
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This view of Fort Barrancas shows the only entrance via a drawbridge. The Gulf of Mexico is to the left of this view.
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The entrance to Pensacola Bay as seen from the wall atop Fort Barrancas.
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Fort Barrancas as seen from the Water Battery. The Gulf of Mexico is at my back.

To see the other 50 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/FortBarrancasFL041510

Fort Barrancas is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is part of the National Park system. Here’s the official government website…
http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-barrancas.htm

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Gulf Islands National Seashore…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Islands_National_Seashore

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Fort Barrancas…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Barrancas

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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A Scouting Expedition Of Sorts…

Jim says: Yesterday I headed out on a scouting expedition of sorts. I drove the Bronco about 35 miles east along the Gulf Highway. I stopped at a couple of VFW’s where I may want to park my motorhome. They had smaller parking lots so I’m unsure about them. Then to a Camping World Store and bought some needed items.

Then I crossed the Navarre Causeway Bridge on to Santa Rosa Island.

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Approaching Santa Rosa Island with the Gulf of Mexico in the background.

Turning right I drove the two lane road that runs westerly for about 20 miles back to Pensacola Beach. In the middle between the two extremity points is a 7 miles stretch of a gorgeous white sugar sand beach.

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The Gulf Islands National Seashore white sugar sand is just about blinding in the Florida sun. This stretch is 7 miles of zero development.

I wanted to explore possible overnight parking places. Lo and behold, I found several where I can park the motorhome overnight and no charge. The fees do not start until Memorial Day Weekend. So, when I depart my present location at the American Legion in Pensacola…this is where I will head.

How long will I stay? Who knows? Whenever to mood strikes me…I’ll move on. I just love being a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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