Mr. Paul Goes to Washington!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Trip End May 16, 2008


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Monday, November 5, 2007

I have made it to the Capital of the United States of America. It was a short and uneventful drive (with the exception of 1 screwy detour due to my GPS) from my last stop. I will be here for a week as I figure what better place to be on Remembrance/Veterans Day then in a Country's Capital. I will spend my days either at the campground, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, or, or, or...

There is so much history and information here, I really don't know what I will be experiencing.

I haven't forgotten my blog about my visit with the Amish, it's just that there is so much I want to write there that I have to be sure the right message is conveyed. So don't forget to check back. It should be updated sometime tomorrow or Wednesday.

In the mundane part of my life I ended up doing a few repairs on the weekend and freezing my butt off.
Problem #1. The closet door in the camper has this nasty habit of flying open when I'm driving. I'll often find my jackets piled up on the floor if the trailer has been rocked back and forth a little too briskly on some of the bumpier roads. Last week I noticed the side of the door closest to the hinges was starting to crack, I'm assuming from hitting the bathroom door handle. So I had to glue the door back together. I had one slight, or, actually a big problem. The 300 piece toolbox I have was made in, or for, the USA. Guess what Canada has that the U.S. doesn't? Robertson head screws. You know, the square hole kind. I didn't have a screwdriver to take the door off. I had checked at Wal-Mart and K-Mart and a few other places with no luck. Finally, on my drive through Lancaster I found a Lowes Home Building Center. Out of all the screwdrivers they had on display, and there were lots, I found only 1 multi-driver with the screw bits I needed. I had already bought the glue, so I was ready...or so I thought. Off came the door, then the realization that I wouldn't be able to hold the cracks clamped shut for the glue to set properly. So another drive to Lowes to get a clamp. Just a slight detour on my way back from Paradise. Now that that's repaired I have to find a way to keep the closet door from swinging open again. I tried masking tape today, but that didn't work.

Problem #2. I ran out of propane. Normally that wouldn't be a problem. Last week in the Poconos, tank #1 emptied. I go and ask to get it filled up and they say they can't because there's a new national law that requires all propane tanks to have this new valve. I check at my last stop and they won't fill the empty tank either. I figure, no problem I'll just buy a new tank at my next stop, here in Washington, where they have a parts store at the campground. I just hadn't planned on it being so cold in Pennsylvania whereas my furnace ran quite a bit and used up all the propane in the 2nd tank. Two nights ago I ran out of propane. Let's just say it was quite chilly when I got up this morning with the outside temperature near freezing and I had no way to heat up the camper.

So I get to the campground this afternoon and while checking in notice the parts store. Figure I'll get set up then come grab a couple of propane tanks and get them filled. As soon as I'm done setting up I notice a large propane truck filling up a tank a couple of trailers away. I go talk to the operator and explain my dilemma. No problem he says, he'll fill them up. So, for now, I have two full propane tanks. I know I'll have to replace the tanks sooner or later as they will be 10 years old in the spring and the law in Alberta is that they have to be replaced or re-certified after 10 years.

I do lead a Charmed Life! 
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