I rode about the town in the morning, killing time and checking out how Valencia was riding now that the rain had stopped. It was still very overcast, and a very, very, light sprinkling of rain to keep things damp, but nothing like the last few days in terms of wetness.
So of course, Valencia ran just fine! No ignition/misfiring issues to report. It's like with the return of good weather, things just resolved themselves.
Along Egan Avenue, sort of Valdez's main street, one can see the above fish
They move the average 300 inches of snow in Valdez onto big piles, off
the main roads, here's one of the piles, plowed through to clear the
walking path the snow was piled onto over the winter.
The view this morning, with misty clouds overlaying the dimly visible
peaks across the bay, from the parking lot at the Valdez Ferry Terminal
Still near the Valdez Ferry Terminal, a glimpse of the nearby mountains.
Folks learning to handle kayaks in the frigid waters of the bay
A brief window in the morning when nearby tops of peaks were
visible to folks in Valdez.
The parts were reported as "delivered" at 9:25 AM, trouble is, delivered meant that they were sitting in the Innkeeper's mailbox at the local post office and he didn't return from church till close to 2:00PM! Basically, the hotel staff was MIA from 11:00AM through about 1:00 PM for church or whatever. The seasonal help was there but of course no access to the innkeeper.
Finally, they got hold of the innkeeper, he swung by the post office before rushing off somewhere else and he dropped off the box from Raceway Services!
By 2:30 PM, I had removed the old coil only, and replaced it with the new one. Nothing else has changed, still using same old control unit and spark plug wires.
Did I mention sunnier weather had arrived? Yep, nice and sunny with temperatures in the low 40s but feeling much warmer. I still went out for a test ride to make sure the new coil was working, regardless of the fact that with no rain, not a real test of things being fixed.
Hey look, there's mountains near Valdez! Who would have believed it?
A view of Valdez from across the bay on Dayville road
More mountain views along Dayville Road
Now, before you ask, did I think this morning to do this same test with the old coil mounted? Nope.
Am I going to mount the old coil and do the same test? Nope.
The plan is, to only replace one component at a time, next rainy ride, if the symptoms surface again, I'll replace the control module/encoder disk. If that still doesn't do the trick, then the spark plugs are next. After that, there's nothing else to replace and it'll be time for the Ducati ignition to be placed back onto Valencia I think.
Tonight, it's dinner with Brad, the fellow ADV rider who showed up yesterday in Valdez riding his Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. We will discuss options, we're leaning towards riding back up Thompson Pass and along the Glen Highway towards Anchorage. If we do this, I will most likely forego McCarthy town for now as Brad has already done it and I don't want to go to it alone till I have more faith restored in Valencia.
The other option is to cough up about $150 each, and take the morning ferry to Whittier from Valdez which will put us within 65 miles of Anchorage where he's got parts waiting to fix a damaged pannier mount and choke cable and the URAL dealer is in case things start acting up on Valencia.
We saw the above eagle as we walked to the "Fat Mermaid",
a nearby pub.
This was the view from our dinner table at the Fat Mermaid,
not too shabby eh?