Winona, MN September 10, 2009
Sorry for another short post, but still issues with truck–hopefully resolved here last night by local garage. When I came into town, I checked my left rear wheel and the hub was blistering hot–literally, I could show you! I took it to the local garage and the brakes were grabbing every half turn or so. They backed off both adjusters and adjusted the brakes the old fashioned (and I believe the right) way–by feel. He balanced the front and back adjusters until they were as tight as they could be but not gripping the wheel. The hub cooled immediately. I am now thinking of writing a book called “Zen and the Art of Land Rover Maintenance”!
So tomorrow I will push on up towards Minneapolis and beyond. By moving forward a bit the last two days in my loaner, I find myself only 3-1/2 days behind instead of the 5 I anticipated. I have only cut off one small part of the trip that I had originally not planned to do but added right before I left.
One find yesterday was the F.A.S.T. Company in Sparta(?), Wi. They apparently make any kind of model out of fiberglass–large and small. From the road I saw a grouping of turkeys, lions and such, but a huge Cow, 12-15 feet high or so, really caught my eye. When I got out to photograph that, I saw the whole field of old molds that was indistinguishable from the highway. Giant ice cream cones, giant Mice, a devil, several Gibson Les Pauls, Buffalo, sharks, you name it! It was quite an assortment of pretty cool objects.