Thursday, August 29, 2019

August 28th

I took the car and went to the office in San Francisco.  Because I got to use the car pool lane, especially over the toll road to the Bay Bridge, I got there before the garage opened.  I hung around and waited for it to open, then decided against charging the car immediately as those were marked as "reserved" spaced, and they tow you for parking in a reserved space.  I did check back later (several times) but there were a couple of plug-in hybrids charging.  Um... whatever.  At a 6Kw charger, they'd be fully charged from totally empty in a few hours, but sure, let's leave them plugged in all day.

I left the office thinking that I should be OK on the way home, but I could stop at any of the high speed chargers (usually 40+Kw) for a short while if I needed it.  I didn't - the traffic was remarkably light, and it wasn't that hot, so I only ran the AC for a few minutes.  I got home with ~60 miles of range left :o)

Monday, August 26, 2019

August 25th

We got up in the hotel, had breakfast then packed all our junk into the (fully charged) Bolt.  We had talked about going home via I5 rather than 101, but the Plugshare app suggested 101, so we went that way.  We stopped again in Gilroy for lunch, and put about 100 miles back into the battery in 45 minutes, then headed back towards Roseville.  Looking at all the stats in the car when we left, it looked like we might need to stop again, but we got home with about 40 miles of range.

Tillamook remembered us.

August 24th

We got up in the hotel and had breakfast, then headed out for a walk to see San Luis Obispo's downtown area.  After we got back, we prettied ourselves up, then drove the (almost fully charged) Bolt to John and Jana's wedding.  We saw a couple of people we haven't seen for years, met a bunch more, and John's mum presented me with an Ankh-Morpork passport :o)

After the wedding, we drove back to the hotel and managed to snag the last parking space by a 110v socket, so we left the car on charge overnight again.

August 23rd

We loaded our stuff into th Bolt and headed towards San Luis Obispo - this is the longest trip we've taken in the car, and the first time I've charged it away from home.  We left he house with 100% charge (we usually charge to 90% so regenerative braking works immediately), and stopped in Gilroy with about 90 miles left for lunch and to charge the car for 45 minutes on a level 3 fast charger.  That got us about 100 miles, and we set out for San Luis Obispo.

We pulled in to San Luis Obispo with about 35 miles' range left, and went and found a level 3 charger while we had a drink at Starbucks.  Having added another 100 miles or so, we rocked up to the hotel.  They had 110v sockets in part of the car park, so we plugged the car in using the level 1 home charger, set it to 12A (rather than the default 8A) and left it charging overnight.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

August 22nd

I started the day over at the airfield, helping load James' new RV-6 into a U-Haul for the trip back to Palm Springs.  Chris had met us at Lincoln, and we went to lunch before James headed back, and Chris headed towards Oregon in his gyroplane.

August 21st

I spent some time at the airport, taking the plane out for a while, then ran the barbecue for the EAA membership meeting.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 20th

I started the day by collecting tools and losing them in to the gyro, then flying to Cameron Park.  Chris and I fiddled with his brakes for a while, and eventually ended up lifting the front of the plane on 2x4s so we could get them properly bled.  Now they were working, we flew to Oroville to meet Randy and his friend David for lunch.  On the way home, we flew over Paradise and saw all the rebuilding going on after the fire there.

August 19th

I've taken the week off to do things and stuff, and ended up at the airfield helping Chris change the oil and grease the pre-rotator cable on his gyroplane.

He then wanted to look at the brakes, and we managed to take them from pathetic to non-existent.  Yay.  Still, he managed to get home.

Monday, August 19, 2019

August 18th

We took the plane up to Auburn for breakfast, then (hopefully) fixed the zip on the little storage bag when we got back to Lincoln.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

August 17th

I got up early and headed to the airport to cook breakfasts at the display day.

After we'd packed up, I met James and Jeff to get James' new RV-6 all packed up and ready to put in a truck and drive to Palm Springs.

August 16th

I spent several hours updating all the Windows machines in the house to 1903.  Thanks, Microsoft :o)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 12th

Today was Tillamook's 12th birthday.  She got a new ball, pumpkin baby food on her dinner and a whole slice of cheese where she usually gets a corner from my sandwich :o)

Monday, August 12, 2019

August 11th

We got up early and took the plane to Auburn for breakfast.  It was a little busy getting there, as everybody seemed to have the same idea, but everything worked out OK.  I did a pretty short landing, so we could get off at the first taxiway, and it wasn't until we were standing at the restaurant watching everybody else that Vic realised how bumpy it was out there.  Our landing back at Lincoln was a thing of beauty :o)

In the afternoon I built a proof of concept for a table that Vic wants for a plant by her desk at work, but she declared it good enough by itself, and put it in the car to go to work with her tomorrow.

August 10th

I started the day at the airport taking the landing light out of the plane, thinking it had failed. It hadn't it was a bad connection.  It's a pain to get out as the rudder pedals are in the way, and it's a pain to get back in again, too.

I then spent some time cooking burgers for a pile of people at the EAA hangar.  I didn't feel like pulling the hangar open in the heat, so I went home after that.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

August 4th

I headed over to the airport early, as Randy and I flew the gyros to Cameron Park to meet Chris.  Chris took his father, I took his mother, and Randy took the steps, and we went to Auburn for brunch.

We flew back along part of the American River on the way back to Cameron Park, and dropped them off.  Chris had managed to lose the key to his hangar, so we left them waiting for his wife to bring him the spare and flew back to Lincoln.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

August 3rd

I started the day cooking breakfast at the airport.  It was really busy, for some reason, so I think we did about 35 breakfasts.

I took the gyro out for a while, did a couple of landings, then headed over to the house before remembering Vic had gone to Folsom, so I flew back to Lincoln and put everything away before heading home.

August 2nd

After work we went to the airport to meet a friend of Chris' who was in town to look at an RV-6.  After running about around the airport looking at things, we took him out for dinner, and then discovered that the runway lights at Cameron Park are being turned off, so Chris came and picked him up (he was staying with Chris).

Friday, August 2, 2019

August 1st

A new month, so here are the stats:

Power billed

Power generated