Richard's Retirement Blog
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I've been back a week and a day. Accounts, chores. Some pleasant bike rides. Catch up with friends, and correspondence.
On Wednesday (today is Friday 4th May) I took the car to the garage. Main reason, a warning light: TRANSMISSION SERVICE NEEDED. Whilst they had it, a couple of minor jobs, and a question - why are the brakes squeaking? The transmission bit, which I was concerned about, turned out to be something and nothing. The squeaky brake, where I was expecting new pads at worst, was a seized caliper (RNS), with collateral damage. One new caliper + two new discs + new pads = ouch. Add two new front tyres, and tracking checked and adjusted, and it all comes to
20% VAT doesn't help, of course.
Saturday 7th May: A new toy
Of course, I arranged to collect the scooter on what turned out to be the first wet day in about six weeks. Typical. In the past, I got well soaked taking a Tiger 90 home, and nearly dropped a Diversion 600 on ice. It always happens to me. (Hyperbole, statistically unreliable sample, special pleading - I'm learning to argue like a politician. Is that good?)
She'll be safely locked up when I'm touring.
Mon 9th May: more little problems
For the last few days, every four hours or so, the caravan main water pump has cut in for a few seconds - Prrrrrrrrrrp!. That's about half a cup of water. Where's it going? No dripping taps ... I started checking the pipework. Eventually I took the expanded-polystyrene cover off the water heater. That cover had been pressing on a split adaptor, holding it more-or-less in place. I got an eyeful, literally and figuratively.
As soon as I started to remove the adaptor, it broke completely. Getting the threaded section out of the cast aluminium of the boiler housing involved the use of a hammer, a spanner, and the abuse of a 12mm wood augur, which is probably thoroughly blunted now. And when it came out, it looked like this:
Perhaps a new one was necessary? Perhaps a new part for a 23-year-old unit might be horribly hard to obtain! But no - this unit was replaced twelve years ago, and although now obsolete, I got the necessary replacement at the first shop I tried. Some you win - I do know that not all parts are so easy to come by.
Wednesday, 18th May
For over a week I've added nothing. Not that I've been doing nothing, but the minutiae of setting up lighting for a show and doing various small maintenance chores aren't very interesting, let alone photogenic. I did get a visit to the Museum of Iron; and I made a plan to walk the Coalbrookdale water courses, but didn't get round to doing it, so that's to come later. And on a ride today, I got a couple of good shots of ironbridge Power Station, taken from Coalmoor Lane.
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