Chula Vista, CA

Trip Start Dec 22, 2006
Trip End Feb 10, 2008

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Well we are still in California.  Our plan to cross the border first thing on the 15th was thwarted when we realized that our sink water line had a leak and the sink faucet did not turn off at the tap. We had tested the water system in Calgary sometime ago and everything was 'peachy keen'.  However, this was  the time we had attempted putting water in it on the road as we have had access to running water at every site we've been to.  So, we figured it would be better if we tried to fix it in Chula Vista, California, rather than Tijuana, Mexico.  We headed to the South Coast RV Service Center to look for some new parts. While we were there, we found a hitch lift, which would raise the rear packer box on 'Nilla by 8 inches or so.  This was a key find as the metal on the box frame had lost 1/4" by now from scraping on the ground at every steep hill and parking lot entrance/exit.


Mike W. and the gang at South Coast RV were incredible.  They took us in immediately before we knew it the van was back in our hands with the scraping problem resolved (for the most part....steep parking lots are still a minor issue).  We met a few folks at the RV shop and were able to swap travel stories and gain some more insight into what may lie ahead in Mexico.  With parts in hand we returned to the KOA for some plumbing work.  Mike managed to fix the leaking water lines in short order, however to our dismay, we discovered on the second water test that the water pump was also leaking.  Who would have guessed that we had a leak at the incoming line, outgoing line and the pump all in one shot....we are clinging to the thought that bad things only come in 3's, which means we are done.

On the way home from the RV shop we passed a massive car crash along Broadway in Chula Vista.  We must have arrived on scene mintues after the accident.  There were two cars in the curb lane with front/rear end damage and another small import SUV lying on the driver side wedged between the other two vehicles.  There was a crowd on the sidewalk pointing and yelling, we assume this was the drivers and passengers of the vehicles involved.  Glad to see that noone was hurt and tempers were still flaring....maybe road rage was the cause!

We returned to South Coast RV the following day and purchased the water pump.  Cudos to Mike at South Coast again for working with us on the install and letting us work on the van at their shop to save time and money.  We fixed a few other minor things at the same time given that we had the available resources.  We cannot thank Mike W. enough for his genorosity and help to keep us rolling along.

We realize that Mexico is not far away now as we were introduced to a local shrimp soup called Ceviche. It was a cold soup that was like very lemony salsa and prawn delicacy. We both scarfed it down only taking a break to breath.  Props to Mike at South Coast for the introduction to a new staple in our diet.



Another Canadian literally rode into camp on January 16.  "Vancouver Ryan" and his girlfriend have been riding the coastal highways of the US from Vancouver since October 2006.  He is planning to continue his ride to La Paz at the south end of Baja California.   We will likely meet up with "Van-Rye" again in the next few days.   More stories to follow.


Yet again we encoutered another American thinking that Canadians live in the frozen tundra.  The weather here has been unseasonably cold and we have been dressing in fleece and toques, but the post office lady today asked if we found the weather warm and balmy.....not quite.  Granted the days are warm from 11:00am to 1:00pm, this is a far cry from what we expected.  Pants are still a wardrobe essential. 

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don't take my kodacrome away
hi again, i've been battling with the kodac website to access your Chula pics. my last thought was, maybe there are no pics....send some pictures. I got so mad i almost wrote a letter.
i think Mike W saw you coming, the W must be for water leak, water pump, water lines. I am glad you are able to make water without the burning. I recieved a 'canadian spider' something email but my system rejected it-try it again in the body of the email if it is something of interest...did you get my note

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