Wednesday, June 30
After a leisurely breakfast, I took Yagi to explore the other camping loops this morning, I ended up by the rental kayaks for pics:
They're $15/hr and I think we'll be renting two of them on Friday morning before we leave for the next campsite.
Later, I went out to the Sammy to check the fluids prior to us departing to do some exploration of the LBL or Land Between the Lakes to the south of us; found the brake fluid reservoir down below expected max level!
A quick inspection and yep, there was brake fluid coming out of one of the brake shoe retaining pin mounting holes! Dammit.
Luckily, when I bought the replacement wheel cylinder for the left rear wheel, I bought a second one for what I believed would be the eventual failure of the right rear wheel's cylinder.
Disassembly went well, I took a shortcut in not fully removing the rear brake shoe, merely moving it out of the way before tackling the removal of the failed wheel cylinder.
Not fully removing the brake shoes made it a bit ackward to put the new wheel cylinder in but I managed. What I didn't realize at the time was that I caused the cam that adjusts the position of the brake shoes to push the shoes outward more once mounted!
Struggled for quite a bit of time but couldn't get the dang hub to go onto the brake shoes! Finally made a call to Sammy Guru Mike W. He explained to me that I had to use a flat tip screwdriver to push the cam in and voila, the hub fit right on! Sigh.
I put the wheel back on, tightened everything, then with Martha's help bled the brakes once more. Brakes bled without issue, then took the Sammy for a test ride and all is well once again, no leaks so far.
So we went out exploring after lunch. First we tried the Bison Preserve but the $5 fee for admittance and the dismally small chance of seeing Bison outside of evening or early morning hours caused us to turn around.
We instead visited the Visitor's Center, paid for the 1PM Planetarium Show (which I mostly slept through) and then we went to check out the Old Homeplace Farm about 10 miles down from the visitor center. Along the way we checked out the Turkey Bay OHV area (a small part of it):
In the small area we explored, we saw several dispersed camping sites and signs stating one could run their generator 24 hours if desired!
We got to the Old Homeplace Farm but the heat had sapped our wills by this point and we skipped it instead of paying the $7/person fee to see it.
I had been remarking to Martha, as we drove about Kentucky, that it seemed a bit less "neat" or "trimmed" in terms of forest landscape than Tennessee. Martha told me I was just comparing a TN state park to a KY NF site. Well, we crossed the state lines on the way to the farm and damn if I wasn't proven right!
The road shoulder on the Kentucky side was thigh high in grass and weeds, to the point you couldn't really tell the condition of the shoulder. Soon as we crossed the Tennessee border, the shoulder was mowed and the roadside trees further trimmed back!