Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Eastward, Ho! Day 25: 2nd Failed Wheel Cylinder, exploring the LBL south of us.

 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!

Looking back towards Tennessee, note the nicely mown 
shoulders along the pavement

Looking towards Kentucky, from the space between State signs!

So Martha admitted I'd been right!  :)  Such an infrequent thing, small victories.

Let's see, then we drove over to the bridge near the entrance to the road leading to Energy Lake Campground, we crossed over the bridge then found a nice spot for a picture near the village of Canton:

Along the underside of the bridge, we found a long row of Cliff Swallow mud nests clinging to the wall of the bridge supports:

Just four of the probably over 30 nests we could see

Martha spotted this Swallow peering out at us crankily.

We then returned back to camp, to relax the rest of the afternoon away.  I took another dip in the lake and Martha relaxed by the VRRV.  Bugs finally drove both of us inside for a bit, this place seems to have more than the previous campsites!

Had us a campfire of sorts, wood was damp and the fire was hard to keep going much less make it bigger.

We quit the outside and watched the fireflies flitting about in the gathering darkness from within the VRRV.  A good day.


RichardM said...

Nice looking lake. No comments on the kayak trip? Is the Samurai rally over the holiday weekend?

redlegsrides said...

The kayak trip is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday. The Samurai rally is the weekend after the 4th of July weekend.

SonjaM said...

What would one need to run a generator 24h for, Dom? Isn't camping meant as a thing for a quiet and noise-less getaway?

redlegsrides said...

Ordinarily yes, you're right SonjaM. What I've found so far though, camping in hot and humid weather, is that running the air conditioning is almost mandatory for comfort. The noise of the AC is annoying after a while sometimes and we turn it off for momentary blissful silence but eventually heat and humidity make us turn it back on. I didn't realize how spoiled I was camping in Colorado at higher altitudes and lower humidity....or Arizona in Winter! Sitting outside is an option in shady sites too but bug-dependent!

Blaze Our Way said...

Looks like you are settling quite nicely into the role of bush mechanic. I'm glad you have all the tools!

redlegsrides said...

Lori, If only I had the skills and knowledge of a bush mechanic! I'm more of a trial and error guy.