Author: Gayla & Robert

#002 – We Live Out of Our Vehicle

#002 – We Live Out of Our Vehicle

In this week’s episode, we talk about our vehicles which help us to achieve our work from anywhere lifestyle. We like to have our house on wheels so we can have the option and flexibility to move our office and our home whenever we want. 


Episode Highlights:

Our vehicles:

2003 Alfa SeeYa 

38-foot diesel pusher Class A Motorhome
Holds 100 gallons fuel
Holds 100 gallons of fresh water
2 slide-outs
Avg 8 miles to the gallon
Great storage!
The downside is basement A/C just can’t keep up.
Although we like living in our RV, we really are tired of traveling in the big beast. We would prefer to drive on roads the RV simply can’t go. Robert looked into purchasing a roof-top tent where we could live out of our car when we traveled. We use our roof-top tent either on our Subaru or Jeep.

1999 Subaru Outback Legacy

When we purchased it 2 years ago, it had 92,000 miles
5-speed, manual transmission
2.5-liter engine
Avg 25 miles to the gallon with all our gear

Jeep 1998 Wrangler Sport

4 liter in-line 6 engine
Average 14 miles to the gallon
Learn why on earth we like older vehicles vs. a brand new car. Also, you may (or may not) be surprised to learn what Robert’s dream vehicle is.

Our Office Set-up

In our Alfa SeeYa, we are able for each of us to have our own workspace. We both hook up our laptops to external monitors so that we can enjoy dual monitors. We have plenty of storage space for any books or gadgets that we like to have on hand.

Now that we do the bulk of our travel either in the Subaru or Jeep, we have learned to downsize our office even further. Most of our work is done online, so the main issue we encounter is making sure we are connected and have power. Robert has installed solar, batteries, and an inverter system so that we can charge our equipment. We use the internet using our hot spot, our phones, or service offered by campgrounds, restaurants, rest areas, or libraries. 


As long as you have gas in the tank…you aren’t lost.

Clingman’s Dome on 35mm Red Scale Film

Clingman’s Dome on 35mm Red Scale Film

We rolled some red scale film and took these shots at Clingman’s Dome on our Canon AE-1. For those who don’t know what red scale is, we placed the film in a dark bag and took the film out of the canister. Then we wound it back onto the film roll backwards. Simply put…the film is exposed on the wrong side giving it that awesome red tint.

Check out all the images by clicking on the image below.

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#001 – Why We Live in a 389 Square Foot Space

#001 – Why We Live in a 389 Square Foot Space

This is our maiden podcast and we’ll spend some time for you to get to know us a bit better. We’ll tell you why we chose to live in a 389 square foot space and build a life around travel. We’ll share our adventures, any tips we’ve learned along the way, and basically, bring you into our lifestyle. 


Highlights of the episode:

Robert grew up south of Ozark, MO in a remote area near the Mark Twain National Forest.
Hobbies & Profession: Musician. Photographer. Leather craft. Ham Radio Operator
Gayla grew up in El Dorado Springs, MO. 
Hobbies & Profession: Worked in the medical field for 20 years. Scrapbook, Cross stitch, Crochet, Tatting, Soap crafter
We met in 2005 at The Lucky 7 where a mutual friend introduced us in a round about way. A few months later, we decided to take our first trip together to the Memphis in May music festival. That’s when we realized that we love to travel together.
In 2008, a job opportunity took us to Florida. Then in 2010, we took the plunge and got married. It’s funny how we announced it to our friends and much of our family.
By 2011, the company that took us to Florida in the first place was going to close. We were about to become empty nesters as our daughter was graduating high school and moving back to Missouri for college. It was going to be just the two of us. Well, not exactly just the two of us. Did we forget to mention that we are the proud parents of three dachshunds?
We were ready for a change. We wanted to be able to work from anywhere and not be tied to one place. So we had one massive garage sale and downsized from 1500 sq ft to 389 sq ft.
We’ve been living in our RV full-time since 2011. We are creating our lifestyle around travel and building our business to allow us to work from anywhere. We certainly don’t want to look back and wish we would have seen and done the things we are doing. We are living the Been There Doing That lifestyle. 
#000 – Podcast Debut

#000 – Podcast Debut


Hi. We are Robert and Gayla Scrivener. Thanks for tuning into the Been There Doing That podcast.

Our goal is to have the flexibility to travel when we want, for as long as we want, and to work from practically anywhere.

So, in 2011, we downsized and started living full-time in our RV. We enjoy living in a smaller space, but we wanted to be able to travel on roads our RV can’t go. In recent years, when we travel, we downsize even further and drive on the less beaten paths with our Jeep and roof-top tent. All at the same time, we are growing our small business.

This show is just for you if you would love to have the freedom of working from anywhere and love to travel.

In this weekly show, we will share stories about our travels. We will also share tips and advice about our work from just about anywhere lifestyle. It’s our hope that you’ll get some cool ideas and be inspired.

We plan to publish new episodes each Monday. Our first full-length episode will premiere August 7, 2017. 

We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to send us questions to

We go by the name “Been There DOING That” because we are a long way from being done!

Thanks for listening. We hope you enjoy the show.

Stir Crazy Weekend

Stir Crazy Weekend

Even though last weekend was pretty eventful, Robert and I seemed to get stir crazy. Maybe it’s because we felt our trip to TN was too short. Maybe we wanted to procrastinate on doing something. I don’t know, but the feeling of getting out and away from the RV overtook us the entire weekend.

Antenna Launch

Last Friday, I got up early to get cracking on some big work projects. It was a very productive day and I practically worked non-stop since about 5:00 a.m. By the time 2 p.m. came around, my brain was fried. Robert was getting “hangry” and I was in no mood to cook. We decided to close up shop and head to Nevada, MO to eat and do a bit of shopping at Sutherlands.

Although Robert and I are trying to eat better and avoiding certain foods, we decided that a visit to White Grill was in order. It’s our favorite place in Nevada. Since we were both so hungry, we just wanted instant satisfaction of a whistle burger and Suzie-qs.

Robert had been anxious to build an antenna launcher ever since we returned from Tennessee. Sutherlands had all the supplies he needed: PVC, connectors, caps, ball valve, and a Schrader valve.

On the way home, Robert took a detour toward Walker. We hadn’t been down that road yet and we’ve seen the sign to Osage Village State Historic Site many times and wondered what that was all about. We found the site and it looked like a short hike around a field. We just did a drive-by and promised ourselves that we’ll come back another time.

Once we got home, Robert got busy on building his antenna launcher. Oh, my! It’s the simple things that amuse us the most.  

38 Special

Saturday came and Robert had a gig scheduled at Shawnee Bluff Vineyard to play with Grayson Wood and the Rusty Tractor Nuts. They were the warm-up band before the 38 Special concert. What a nice venue. The grounds were absolutely beautiful! There was a grandstand at the bottom of the hill behind the main building. The hillside had been landscaped to be in a stair step design so that the chairs could be arranged level in rows. On each side of the main seating were VIP tables.

Robert and the boys were set up on the patio next to the main building. They played for a couple of hours before the main show. Once 38 Special took the stage, Robert and I took advantage of the short lines for the food trucks to have a bite of dinner. The food and drink were fantastic! Of course, we didn’t have official seats for the concert, but that was just fine by us. We liked wandering around and sitting on a picnic bench that had a great view.

I think the best part was the impressive fireworks show after 38 Special was done playing. It must have lasted non-stop for 20 minutes. Bigger than most towns could offer. Wow!

As soon as the fireworks were over, GW and the Rusty Tractor Nuts played another hour on the patio. I was so surprised how many people stayed for the little after party.

We were packed up and ready to head home at about 11:30 p.m. We were pleased to be back home in bed by 1:30 a.m. That’s fairly early considering his gigs usually end at about 1 a.m.

Osage Village State Historic Site

Sunday afternoon, even though it was HOT, Robert was stir crazy to get out and away from the RV for a bit. I reminded him that we were gone all day the day before, but he said that was considered work. I have to agree with him. The only reason we were traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks was because of music, not doing something on our own schedule.

I really wanted to stay around the RV to organize and clean. OK…not really. Organizing and cleaning needed to be done, but I really didn’t want to do it. I’m easily distracted, so we decided to go back to the Osage Village State Historic Site. We wanted to take the short trail walk and drive on some dirt roads we haven’t been on yet. We figured we wouldn’t be gone too long. We’d satisfy our itch to get out and about yet still have time to do our domestic chores.

As we headed toward Walker, MO, we took out our handy Missouri Gazetteer so that we could take a different route than we did on Friday. I was sure I was navigating Robert in the correct direction, but he kept insisting it didn’t feel right. What happened is the “X” that marked the spot on the map for the Historic Site is off a tad bit. To me, it looked like it was on one dirt road when it was really on another. We were close, but we needed to backtrack a bit and look for the signs we saw on Friday and follow them. I updated our map if ever we want to go back.

Once we arrived, we started out for short interactive hike. We learned this was where the earliest known community of Osage Indians lived in Missouri (between 1700 and 1775). It is estimated that at its height, the village had between 2,000 and 3,000 occupants. In 1941, an archaeologist surveyed the site and confirmed that the location was the primary site of the Osage Indians. In 1984 the land of the historic site was sold to Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources for preservation.

Although taking the short hike wasn’t much different than walking around in the fields at home, we would have never learned what we did without visiting. Besides, we got out of the house and logged steps on Pacer.

Our little trip only took about two hours meandering, but it satisfied the itch of getting out and about. There was plenty of time for Robert to do some adjustments to his radio antenna and me to pick blackberries.

The organizing and cleaning couldn’t be put off any longer. Living in a small space, things seem to get cluttered quickly. The good thing is that since we live in a small space, it doesn’t take long to get things in order. It’s just a matter of mustering up motivation. Together, Robert and I reluctantly tackled the job!


Travel Log | MO to TN | June 2017

Travel Log | MO to TN | June 2017

On every trip, Robert and I keep a travel log. Actually, we only keep a travel log for the trips that are more than a weekend get-away. Not only do we keep track of our mileage, we like to make notes of times and places along the way.

We’ve done this for years and thought we’d start sharing our travel log. It may not make any sense to anyone else but us, but we think it’s fun.

Trip to TN June 2017

Traveled a total of 1,634 miles with average 16.86 MPG.

Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Wrangler

Date/Time Odometer Notes Photos


7:23 a.m. 190350 Left Springfield  
7:32 a.m.   Got onto Hwy 60 East  
9:17 a.m. 190449 Stopped in Mountain View for a break at the Signal station. Turned on inverter and plugged in computer & refilled our drinks  
9:29 a.m.   Back on Hwy 60 for 128 miles

Blip in engine 2.5 hours of running

10:18 a.m. 190486 Stopped at a grocery store in Van Buren, MO. Picked up chicken tenders & lunchmeat.  
10:40 a.m.   Left Van Buren  
11:33 a.m. 190522 Stopped in Poplar Bluff, MO for gas. Went to O’Reilly Auto Parts to purchase heat shield  
12:11 p.m.   Left O’Reilly’s parking lot after installing heat shield over fuel injectors  
12:15 p.m. 190523 Got onto MO Hwy 53 South  
12:49 p.m. 190542 Stopped in Campbell MO for a business call. It ended up being postponed until 2:30 p.m.
1:09 p.m.   Back on Hwy 53 South  
1:18 p.m.   Connected with MO-25 North for 2.2 miles  
1:22 p.m.   Right onto Hwy M for 3 miles  
1:24 p.m.   Left onto MO-153 North for 2 miles  
1:28 p.m.   Continued straight on Hwy EE in Peach Orchard for 3 miles  
1:33 p.m.   Left on Hwy A for 3 miles  
1:37 p.m.   Right on Hwy B for 8 miles  
1:43 p.m.   Left on Hwy 412 East for 31 miles. It turns into I155  
2:05 p.m. 190587 Crossed into Tennessee  
2:14 p.m. 190595 Stopped at Welcome Center  
3:34 p.m.   Left rest area after client call  
3:42 p.m.   Got onto Hwy 412 South  
4:19 p.m.   Turn right on Robert Station Bottom Road for 3 miles  
4:24 p.m.   Left onto Lower Brownsville Road for 1.5 miles  
4:37 p.m.   Right onto Huntersville Providence Road for 1.5 miles  
4:29 p.m.   Right on US-71 West  
4:31 p.m.   Left onto Hunters Denmark Road for 6 miles  
4:40 p.m.   Left on Denmark Jackson Road then right onto TN-223 South. Then road split and took left onto Britton Lane for 4 miles

On Civil War Trail

4:40 p.m.   Right onto Stream Mill Ferry Road then left onto Collins Road for 5 miles  
4:58 p.m.   Left on Bowman-Collins Road, then right on Main Street ????  
5:00 p.m.   ½ mile then left on Lowery Road for 6.5 miles  
5:11 p.m.   Left on TN-100 for 1.5 miles  
5:13 p.m. 190669 Arrived at Chickasaw State Park  
5:30 p.m.   Arrived at our campsite after meandering for a bit. Arrived after office closed.  


9:30 a.m.   Went to park office and paid $15.64 for a spot. Headed out toward Franklin. Right onto Hwy 100 for 30 miles  
10:03 a.m. 109695 Gas stop near Hwy 100 & Hwy 22 intersection at Jacks Creek. Had a snack
10:20 a.m.   Back on Hwy 100 East  
10:30 a.m.   Right onto TN-114 South for 11 miles. Quick stop to check solar panel tie downs.  
10:48 a.m.   Left onto TN-69 N/TN-114S Scenic Byway. Tennessee River Trail  
10:54 a.m.   Right onto 641 South (on the map still Hwy 114). Crossed Tennessee River  
11:12 a.m.   Left onto US-64 East  
11:26 a.m.   Took off the main road to explore Waynesborough Clifton Turnpike  
11:58 a.m.   Back onto Hwy 64 East after driving around town a bit  
12:13 p.m.   Got onto Natchez Trace Parkway  
12:50 p.m.   Stopped at Merriwether Lewis Park  
1:12 p.m.   Left Meriwether Lewis Park and back onto Natchez Trace  
1:47 p.m.   Picnic lunch at Jackson Falls stop “flush fountain”  
2:15 p.m. 190798 Back onto Natchez Trace Parkway  
3:15 p.m. 190836 Arrived at Days Inn in Franklin, TN  

Gayla rented a car and stayed in Franklin to attend Ray Edwards Copywriting Academy Live from Friday, June 23 through Monday, June 26. Robert left for New Market, TN on Friday, June 23 to celebrate Field Day with W4CEW, returning to Franklin on Monday, June 26. 

On the way back to Franklin, the alternator went out on the Jeep. Luckily, Robert was only 1.5 miles from an O’Reilly Auto Parts store. Even luckier, they had the part and battery he needed to do his parking lot repair. He arrived in Franklin only two hours later than he originally anticipated.


    Did client work before packing up and checking out of hotel. Left hotel and went to a local laundromat then had a quick lunch.  
1:12 p.m. 191317 Left Shell Station at Liepers Fork, TN. Got onto Natchez Trace Parkway
2:20 p.m. 191361 Stopped at Meriweather Lewis campground to see if the park office was open. No luck…got back on the road.  
3:34 p.m. 191406 Crossed Alabama state line  
3:49 p.m.   Stopped for a quick snack  
4:34 p.m. 191439 Crossed into Mississippi
5:00 p.m. 191448 Arrived at Tishomingo State Park


10:28 a.m.   Left campsite  
11:40 a.m. 191455 Left state park after doing a bit of exploring and visiting the swinging bridge. Got back onto Natchez Trace

12:30 p.m. 191493 Arrived at Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center  
1:42 p.m.   After eating a snack, getting a stamp for our National Park book, and a patch & sticker…got back on the road  
2:15 p.m. 191516 Stopped for gas in Pontotoc, MS  
2:45 p.m.   After a quick stop at Wal-Mart, got back onto Hwy 248 West  
4:00 p.m. 191566 Arrived at John W. Kyle State Park


7:15 a.m.   Left campground. Both Verizon and Sprint coverage was spotty. Went toward Sardis on Hwy 315  
8:28 a.m. 191618 Crossed into Arkansas at Helena. Stopped at Welcome Center
8:52 a.m.   Left Welcome Center and got onto Hwy 49 North  
9:39 a.m. 191653 Took a quick detour because we saw a sign for the Louisiana Purchase Historic State Monument. Only driving about 2 miles off the Hwy, we discovered a stop worth taking. Swampland with a boardwalk trail. Should have had the forethought to spray ourselves down with bug spray before walking the trail.

10:12 a.m.   Left the park and back on road  
10:45 a.m. 191676 Gas stop in Brinkley, AR  
11:00 a.m.   Left gas station and go onto Hwy 17 North  
12:05 p.m.   Took a Left on Hwy 38 West, then right on Hwy 31 South, which turns into 31 North at BeBee  
12:36 p.m.   Right onto Hwy 5  
1:06 p.m. 191767 Stopped to eat at Subway in Heber Springs  
1:40 p.m.   Left Subway and going to try to make it to Peel Ferry. Got onto Hwy 25, then turned right onto Hwy 16 West  
2:32 p.m.   Right onto Hwy 110  
2:48 p.m.   Right onto Lynn Creek Road  
2:54 p.m.   Left on Whistle Stop Road for ½ mile to Hwy 65 North for 35 miles  
3:05 p.m. 191828 Gas stop in Marshall, AR  
3:11 p.m.   Back onto Hwy 65 North  
3:46 p.m.   Turned right onto Hwy 235 and followed for 8.5 miles. Then turned right onto Hwy 62 West for 6.2 miles. Left onto Hwy 125 North for 7.3 miles  
4:28 p.m.   Left on Hwy 14 North for 3.2 miles. Left onto Hwy 125 to Peel Ferry  
4:50 p.m. 191901 Stopped in Peel Ferry area. Was tired so decided to find a camp spot. No spots available in the state park. Was referred to a resort down a dirt road nearby. Denise was the owner and gave us our pick of spots.


6:40 a.m.   Packed up in record time (less than 20 minutes) after looking at the radar and discovering that a massive storm cloud was about to be right above us. We were all packed up and ready to wait for the ferry right before the rain came pouring down. Just missed the first ferry trip of the day. Ferry departs approximately every 40 minutes and is operated by the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department

We were the blue pin.

7:18 a.m.   Ferry arrived and we were ready to go.
7:34 a.m.   Drove off ferry and were back on Hwy 125.  
7:36 a.m. 191902 Crossed Missouri state line
8:05 a.m.   Turned off onto Glade Top Road in the Mark Twain National Forest to check out possible hiking for a future trip.  
8:15 a.m.   After driving on dirt road awhile we turned around.  
8:25 a.m.   Turned back onto Hwy 125  
8:32 a.m.   Took a left onto Hercules Glade Drive to check out camping area. Must come back!  
8:37 a.m. 191927 Got back onto Hwy 125  
8:54 a.m. 191936 Stopped in Bradleyville for coffee  
9:06 a.m.   Back onto Hwy 125, then Hwy D at Oak Grove Heights  
10:07 a.m.   Arrived in Springfield at the intersection of Hwy 65 and Sunshine Street  
10:18 a.m. 191984 Arrived at the Springfield house.  
On our way…

On our way…

Well, today’s the day. We are on our way to Tennessee for the rest of the month. Robert and I have been stir crazy to get on the road and now the time has finally arrived.

We made the decision that this year we weren’t taking off for a month or so at a time. Although we have put a ton of miles on our vehicles so far this year, it’s been mainly between home on the farm and town for work projects (about 140 miles round trip). That’s not including all the travel we’ve done for Robert’s music gigs.

Our work schedule has been so busy this year. It’s hard to tell if we are coming or going.

Now it’s time for real travel. We had moved our rooftop tent (CVT) onto our Jeep and are headed east. Although this is a workcation, we are anxious to shake things up and bump out of our regular routine.

While I’m attending a copywriting conference in Franklin, Robert will be having Hamvangelist fun in New Market. He will enjoy Field Day with one of his HAM radio buddies, W4CEW.

On Monday evening, our hearts sank to see a transmission fluid leak on the Jeep.The rear output shaft seal on the transfer case needed to be replaced. Robert started taking things apart so that first thing on Tuesday morning, he could go get the new seal and put things back together again. 

The repair was a pain but could have been a lot worse. While under the Jeep, he also noticed the rear swaybar bushing was bad. It came off in two pieces. Good thing he saw that and took care of replacing it before our trip.

All seems fine now with the Jeep and we have hit the road. Although we can easily make to Franklin in one day, we aren’t. What fun would that be? We have no idea where we’ll stay tonight, but we think that part of the fun is not having everything planned. We will take our time and will avoid Interstates for the most part.

Even though we’ve been to both Franklin and New Market before, our goal is to branch out and take some routes we haven’t been on and see some new things.

13 States and 33,000 Miles

13 States and 33,000 Miles

united-states-map-coloring-pagePeople are always commenting on the places my husband, Robert, and I visit. They find it amusing or fascinating (really, they may think we are crazy) how we become nomads for a period of time during the year.

Exploring our great country on highways, byways, and back roads is what Robert and I love to do. It puts us in touch with nature, allows us to experience history, and helps us meet interesting individuals. We always get double-take glances and inquiries about our roof-top tent. It’s pretty fun that such unusual living arrangements sparks conversations with complete strangers.fb_img_1463630272035.jpg

Recently, as Robert and I were taking one of our Sunday drives, he said to me, “Do you realize that we’ve been to 13 states and have driven over 33,000 miles this year?” WOW!

It got me thinking how truly blessed we are. This year has been wonderfully full. We took a trip out West to attend Overland Expo at Mormon Lake, AZ. We designed our trip to last a lot longer than just the weekend of the event. In fact, the experience took us weeks to complete. We didn’t want to rush right out there and right back. No. We wanted the opportunity to explore and take our time doing
so. We also went East to Franklin, TN, to attend a copywriting seminar, where we not only learned a great deal at the seminar, but also connected with some wonderful individuals from all over the world.

With technology the way it is, Robert and I can take our office anywhere. It’s perfect! When we would pull out our computers at our campsite, we would repeatedly receive comments about how sad it was that we had to work on our vacation. Sad? We aren’t sad at all. We are grateful that we have to opportunity to change our office space to anywhere we’d like. We call our trips “workations.”

We get out of our normal routine and challenge ourselves to think differently and more creatively. The demands placed on us are both physically and mentally different. We learn how to plan better, organize better, and think more clearly.

img_2806By taking our work with us doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play. In fact, it seems like it is easier to separate the two. All too often, we go through life working so hard just for two weeks of rest and relaxation. Why not design a life to really enjoy and experience it? For Robert and I, that takes the shape of exploring any remote part of the country we can.

img_2176-2My favorite office spots this year included: Goosenecks State Park, UT; Valley of the Gods, UT; Rockhound State Park, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN; and Clear Lake, IA.

We never knew what visitors would come see us in our office. I loved seeing the deer, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and the coyotes. I even loved being startled by a snake who decided to slither in front of me as I was talking on the phone with a client. You never know what you’ll experience a workation.

Little House on the Prairie in Kansas

Little House on the Prairie in Kansas

160427-4009 SmallA little off the beaten path, just south of Independence, Kansas is a roadside attraction that’s worth the stop. Little House on the Prairie Museum sits on privately owned land and is one of the many childhood home sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Robert and I happened to be in southeastern Kansas and saw the little speck on the map. We didn’t know what to expect, but it intrigued us. We had to be careful to follow the signs off of Hwy 75, or we would have missed it.

What we found when we arrived were four little buildings: a white farm house, a log cabin, a post office, and a schoolhouse. The white farm house turned out to be a quaint gift shop. Robert and I really enjoyed visiting with the two lovely ladies working in the shop.

We learned that this particular site was where Baby Carrie was born. The Ingalls family lived there roughly from 1869 to 1871. The log cabin on the property is a replica of their home, reconstructed in 1977 after a historian discovered Charles Ingalls hand dug well, confirming the location of the homestead.

Although not original to the property, other buildings were moved to the property from nearby locations to save them from destruction and to preserve their history. The post office is from the nearby small town of Wayside and was constructed in 1885 and was operational up until 1984. The one room schoolhouse was built in 1871 about 4 ½ miles from the Ingalls’ homestead. The Ingalls children didn’t attend the school as they were too young. The school was active up until 1947.

What a pleasant place to stop and stretch our legs. The day was beautiful, the people were friendly and the history contained in those little buildings was fantastic.

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Roadside Repair

Roadside Repair

DSC00818 AThe elusive humpback green turtle made it up many mountain passes over the past few days and has gone many, many miles. We’ve been keeping watch, and although the temperature gauge would creep up a bit while idling, it quickly returned to normal. It wasn’t acting quite right, but we didn’t see anything wrong under the hood.

Then, on our way down from visiting Monarch Pass on Hwy 50 in Colorado, the little green turtle’s temperature was running a little too high for comfort. We were coasting down. We would have expected to see the temperature gauge be well below normal, not running hot. It makes much more sense to overheat while going UP the mountain, not down it. We knew there was something wrong.

We made a stop at a gas station at Poncha Springs to inspect the engine. What we found was coolant splashed everywhere under the hood. After wiping up the coolant and taking a few things apart, we discovered there was a split in the inside of the upper radiator hose.

Luckily, we were just about five miles from a parts store. We made a quick guerilla tape repair and made our way to Salida.

We were in luck. The part we needed was in stock. With tools on hand and a new radiator hose, the parking lot repair was a success.

So far, the little green turtle has kept a normal temperature. It made for a bit of excitement for our trip, but certainly didn’t hamper any of our travel plans.

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