Birds on a lake,Testing the Torrent repairs, Saying NO to HoJo,
11.04.2016 - 12.04.2016 69 °F
With the Torrent now repaired and just about ready for the road, we had a last night in Lakeland. We took a walk around the main lake downtown. Lots of lovely birds, swans, pelicans, storks, etc.
Back 20 years ago Vancouver did decorated Orcas, and in Custer city they did Buffalo. Artists painted fiberglass replicas and they were sold at auction and continue to be displayed around town. Well, Lakeland did this with replicas of swans, the town's signature bird.
Since we hadn't tested out the repairs to the Torrent we decided that we would give the car a good test...250 miles the first day, to Tallahassee, and then 400 miles the second day, to Chattanooga. The repairs to the front end suspension seem to have done the job, but we are still a little leery about the overheating problem. The car is doing well on the highway, but tends to get overheat in close and slow moving traffic.
Anyway, we are confident enough in the car that we are going to test it out for the next week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We have booked a campsite for 6 nights. We plan to explore and hike and relax a bit.
Just to prove that Jenny does get behind the wheel once in a while:
We booked two different Howard Johnson motels for our test drive. Sad to say the chain has fallen on hard times. We wouldn't stay in either hotel again and if this is any indication of the condition of their chain, the fall has been long and hard.