LAYDEEEEZ an GINNAMIN! Presenting the third installment of the three part series on the Meetup at Palo Dura.
This video examines Marc and Christine's "Alternator Ordeal"
We left Palo Dura on Saturday morning with the goal of making it to Russellville, AR in 9.5 hours and an overnight stay @ Lake Dardanelle State Park and then 4.5 hours home on Sunday.
In the Palo Dura vid just prior to this one, you might have noticed me checking under the front of the van for a noise. I don't know if this was the first hint or not, but from that point to Russellville, was about 12-1400 miles.
When we parked on the campsite at R'ville, the engine bucked a couple of times and when I raised the little hood, I could smell HOT metal. The alternator was stinkin' hot and clearly going away soon. I'm thinkin' about the consequence of loosing the belt... everything powers down!
Now the debate begins: Stay until Monday and get repaired locally or try to get closer to home on Sunday as planned. We have critters and employees depending on our schedule.
Sunday morning we took our time getting ready and decided to see if the van would roll. Cranked and ran fine, with no bucking (not hot yet). We decided to try.
We ran fine for about 2 hours at rock steady speed on flat I-40. Hit a thirty-mile, one lane only construction zone that put us in a varying speed mode. Started smelling metal again. We didn't want to break down on I-40, so we got off at Biscoe, AR to parallel on State Hwy 70. That exit is where we pick up the vid. 14 miles to Brinkley (1st town of any size) with the first 6 miles= no shoulder to pull off.
Guess we needed a little salt to go with all the sweetness of our tour thus far
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