Sunday, March 31, 2019
Broken Down on the Side of the Road
Yep, that's us at about 10:00pm broken down on the side of the road. When we returned to the US, we found that one of the tires on the car was flat and that the batteries would not hold a charge. So we brought it to a nearby shop. They patched the tire and replaced one of the batteries. After leaving the shop, we found that it was still having issues, so we brought it to another shop (since we were in a different area of town). They replaced the other battery.
Then we headed out of the DC area. When we were about 35 miles outside of Winchester, VA, the electrical power started failing. We pulled over and hooked the car up with jumper cables and charged it for a while, then turned around. We were able to go about 27 miles of the way back. Then had to pull over again and charge it for a while longer.
We booked a last minute hotel in Winchester and brought the car into yet another shop the next morning. They installed a new alternator and we were back on the road.
All-in-all, in the last few days we have replaced two car batteries, an alternator, fixed a flat tire, and replaced two windshield wiper blades.
Not exactly the ideal start to an extended journey across the country.
Carson and I played checkers at one of the shops while the alternator was being replaced: