Volvo Service day

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
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Trip End Feb 21, 2014


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KOA, Toledo, Ohio

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Having mastered the Cedar Rapids coasters, We headed 60 miles back west today to Perrysburg, Ohio, which would be our base for the next two days. The reason for this trip was to base ourselves outside Detroit for the Oakland A's Tigers game. All along this trip we had heard that Detroit was not a safe city to stay in, so we have decided to camp way outside town and just dip in and out for the game tomorrow afternoon.

 After making the short trip along interstate 80, we arrived in Perrysburg at 10am. First piece of business would be to give old blue (Our Volvo car) a well earned service. She has been through a lot with us the last 7 weeks and it was time to give the old girl a little treat. Brandon at the Volvo dealership was very welcoming an ensured us that a oil change, tire rotation and full safety check would be complete within a couple of hours. We decided to wait while the "experts" performed the work. The waiting room was great with fantastic Internet which we abused by uploading all of our photo's. Les took full advantage of the free bottled water and popcorn machine. I was more interested in the clean bug free restrooms which i took full advantage of.

Brandon appeared after and hour or so to inform us of the news. Everything looked good apart from the front break pads which where close to the minimum and a broken fuel cap. They could fix both for $300. What the F.... I thought things were cheaper once you left California. We decided to get the break pads replaced and leave the fuel cap as is, since i had not seen an issue with the fuel lock. At this point i was starting to lose confidence in Brandon's round smiley face. I think it was also at this point that i realized he resembled Ricky Gervais', David Brent character from the office! Not a look that inspires confidence. Before we left for this trip we had given the car a full work over where the mechanic had told us to keep an eye on the control arms which had a crack in them. Leslie inquired about the control arms that had now miraculously fixed themselves in the 5000+ miles we had just driven. I was now starting to seriously doubt how thoroughly Brandon and his team had checked the car. We payed for the service and new break pads and left. Unfortunately this would not be the last time I would get to see my dear friend Brandon, but next time i was not going to be so pleasant (I'll save that story for the coming days).

The rest of the day was spent avoiding our bug infested campsite (Good news Leslie is now getting bitten by bugs as well as me) by watching "The Worlds End" movie. Dinner was had at Chili's since trying to cook with all these insects would be unbearable.

As we readied ourselves for bed, Leslie noted that the birds looked a lot like small bats. I informed her that's because they ARE bats.  She did not believe me until I called over the young camp worker who informed us that they were indeed bats, but we shouldn't worry as they are blind and don't want anything to do with humans. Not the most comforting news for Leslie, who had just moments ago been admiring the pretty birds was now screaming let's get inside.

~C

 
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