Van’s Fixed and We Head Out Towards the East

Friday, Saturday  July 21, 22, 2017 North Idaho To Eureka

Things get fixed and we head out

On comments. I read them all and appreciate them. But when traveling they are harder for me to respond to as I  have to be online to post a comment, so it doesn’t’ usually get done. But I read them all. I thought about getting a can of computer air to clean my radiator, but another opportunity for that popped up. Anyway, thanks for any comments

Now, where did I leave off. Not sure so I start with arriving at the Coeur Delene Casino where Marty and Patti where staying with the broken van.

I found Marty’s van parked in this parking lot so phoned him and he came


I think I already covered this part, so we’ll skip to the next day where Marty picks up the MAP sensor part at a nearby Napa Parts store.

He’s working on putting  a new muffler clamp on here.van


Marty’s happy things are fixed

Marty gets it all hooked up and starts the engine for a test. No red light, good to go.

Marty says let’s get this van loaded and on the road.mart


We visit RV friends

They wanted to visit a couple friends of there’s working as volunteers at one of the lakes, so we headed up highway 95 to visit them for an hour or so.road


Lucky me

We visited with Eve and Bill for a bit. Lucky me, Bill worked in the shop here so I hit him up for an air compressor to do a final seed cleaning out of the van’s radiator.

So I followed him to the shop and cleaned it all out with a nice big compressor. I think it’s good now.

Heading East

From there we had a hard time finding the road that went around the south side of the lake. We are in Bayview here, but no the road isn’t here, but we did find it.bayview


It was a nice forest road. I’m following Marty.froad


Here’s a view of the lake we are going around to head east.lake


Another shot of me following Marty’s van through the forest.dust


Lunch time

We finally found a place to pull off for a break and lunch.lunch


After lunch we drove a bit more but started to look for a place to camp for the night. This road looked like it might have a camp on it, so we drove down it.croad


Night’s camp

We made camp here for the night. Van’s are nice to camp with, you pull in and put out a chair and you are


The love rock

While sitting there talking, I spied this rock up in the tree behind us abut 25 feet in the air. I couldn’t tell what it said, so I took a picture. Looks like love and some other stuff.rock


Over all view of our camp.vancamp


Something different for dinner

I’m going to have some of that coconut for dinner. Should be no corn in that.nut


Marty and I walk around the area a little.walk



We were sitting in camp shooting the bull when we thought we heard an elk give an alarm so we got up to  have a look. Sure enough there were some elk going by us.
We saw one other group go by too.elk


We had a good night and will soon be back on the road headed towards Eureka Montana.

So far things are going well with the vans.

Saturday July 22

Continuing towards Eureka

That was a good camp. We left just after ten in the morning and continued on towards Eureka Montana.

On the way out and up the hill Marty stopped as he saw an osprey up in the next in the tower.nest


Here’s the osprey in it’s nest.osprey


Traveling down forest roads

We were still driving around a big lake and the roads looked like this a bit improved from yesterday.road


Some wrong turns too

We wrong turned and ended up down here at the lake where we had to turn around and back track.lake


Eventually we finally came out of the mountains and dropped into this nice looking valley.vallley


Better roads

The road slightly improved so we started making better time.roade


Lots of water in this area, we drove by this body of water.lakeroad


Find a camp spot

Around or five we were feeling like we needed a camp so started looking and Marty pulled into this spot by some more power lines and we camped for the

We are only about fifty miles from Eureka Montana so once we get it going this morning we’ll headed out for there to do the final prep for our Continental divide trip which is supposed to start tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

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Coeur d’Alene Idaho and Marty and I Solve His Van’s Problems

Thursday July 20, 2017 Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Traveling on

Yesterday I left the town of Jarbidge headed to Twin Falls Idaho. I went by these big rocks on the way out of town. A local guy I met says there are Indian petro graphs on some rocks on the other side of the rock with the hole in it. I drove on by as I had no time to check it out.jarocks


Decisions at Twin Falls

At Twin Falls I checked Email to see what Marty wanted to do. He said come on up, so I headed for Idaho where they were at an Indian Casino.

Is it just a hot day or is the van heating up

It was a hot day as I traveled up the freeway, over 90 degrees F. My van’s heat gage was climbing a bit higher than I thought it should so I figured I didn’t get all the seeds out of the radiator as I thought.

Getting some more grass seeds out

I stopped at Mountain Home in Idaho at a Wal-Mart to get some stuff and see if I could get some more grass seeds out of the radiator.van1


I was able to get quite a few more grass seeds out of the radiator.

Ice cream does me in

I had the urge for some ice cream with the temperature as hot as it was so I got  the one I thought was safe for me and enjoyed it, but that is the last time as I got a bad corn hit from it later. No more ice cream for me unless I make it


One more time on the grass seeds

I got back on the road and the heat gage temp was a bit improved, but I thought I might get some more grass seeds out, so I stopped at this rest stop and cleaned out would I could again. I really need a big air compressor to shoot the seeds out.van2


Partly it’s just a hot day

Once I got back on the road I felt the gage temp was as good as it was going to get on  a hot day like today, so I continued on North.

I stopped along the way just long enough to have some melon for dinner.melon


Changed direction one more time

At La Grande Oregon, I phoned Marty to find out just exactly where he was which was a bit different than I thought, so I changed direction again just a little and headed to Lewiston Idaho and up highway 93.

Going through NE Oregon farmland.ore


Had to camp for the night.

I was going to drive on and try to make it to where Marty was that night, but I didn’t make it and found a camp spot near the Oregon Idaho border and spent the night.

The next morning I was back on the road. There was quite a bit of construction on Highway 93.constr


When I got to the Coeur d’Alene Idaho casino I found Marty’s old van in the parking lot and had to call him to find him and he eventually showed up.

Discussing the problem

So we sat down for a talk as I wanted to know all the facts of how and why his van wasn’t running right.

Air leak in the exhaust

After that I went under his van for an inspection and found his exhaust pipe really loose which would leak in air messing the O2 sensor up, so I had him fix that.marty


Looks like it might have another problem too

We started the van and the engine check light still came on showing a possible MAP sensor on the emissions control might be bad. I use the same one on my van so I got the one out of my van and we tried it on his van. The light went out, so we took it for a test drive to the parts house and Marty was real pleased as the engine was running with power now.

Ordered the part

The test drive took us to a Napa Parts place where we ordered the part which will be in tomorrow morning.

So if that all works out tomorrow we will be back on schedule and headed for Eureka Montana to meet up with the other couple to start our Continental Divide trip.

If you want to see Marty’s view of things, he’s on my sidebar Blog Roll.

I think it was a productive day and hope everything will smooth out now.

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