Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Higher Hills To Climb
If leaving our friends behind in Ohio wasn't bad enough, things were going to get worse in a hurry. We headed east on I-70 towards Pennsylvania. Gary never had figured out why the van was overheating. We could go 50 to 60 miles on fairly level ground without an extreme rise in the temperature gauge, but only 15 to 20 miles (or less) on hilly terrain without the water in the radiator getting so hot it would boil. We took a break at a rest stop before leaving Ohio to let the van cool down a little. We had missed getting my photo taken at the Ohio state line when we entered the state. Gary made a u-turn when we entered West Virginia, and headed back towards Ohio to get the photo. Then he u-turned again, and took the West Virginia state line photo. Shortly afterwards, our troubles REALLY began. We weren't far into the hills of West Virginia and we had to stop to let the boiling radiator cool down. I kept the van company while Gary killed some time in Wal-Mart. He bought my souveneir bicycle license plate and some snacks, drinks, and ice for the trip. After about 45 minutes, we were ready to roll again. It was early Sunday afternoon, and the original plan was to get to Monroe, North Carolina by the end of the day. Do you think we made it? You'll find out soon.