This morning I bought the parts to make Walden move again. It took me only 42 minutes to bike the 12 miles. I did take water. After a while, I managed to install a new coil, spark plug wires and distributor cap. I turned the key and . . . no joy. It sounded really funny. It turned out that I had not connected the right wires to the right poles of the distributor, in spite of what I thought were my best efforts. I moved some wires around and Walden started up.
I moved stuff around in the camper and went on up the road back to the motel. As it turns out, biking 40 minutes and doing automotive maintenance makes for a dirty boy. At the desk I asked whether I could move checkout from 11:00 (it was about quarter til) until noon. They said it’d be fine, but when I got to the room, it had already been cleaned. I went and washed up in the restroom. As I headed out, I returned the key and said something about how the room had been cleaned already. They insisted that go ahead and shower. I must have been really dirty.
I packed up, checked with a couple local mechanics to see whether either wanted to do an oil change. They were both working. I opted to roll on up to Denver, learning that it was a scant 150 miles away. It was a good trip, not too hot. I stopped a time or two to buy diet coke and get a bag of ice for the cooler.
At about 2:0 I reached the Greater Denver Area. I told Google that I wanted to go to a brewery downtown that I’d visited a year or so ago when I was here for the AERA Annual Meeting. There was a parking place near the door. It took me a couple tacks to get into the place. On the second attempt, the car died. I turned the key. It didn’t crank up immediately. When it did, a minute or two later, it sounded a bit funny. I ended up jockying into the place using the starter motor.
The good news is that the meter says that overnight parking is allowed. The bad news is that you’re supposed to move the car 100 feet every two hours. I had some lamb burgers and I’m nearing the bottom of my second beer. Sometime Real Soon Now, I’ll go see if dear Walden will start.