Friday, April 8, 2016

Baltimore Maryland


We arrived in Baltimore on 4/6/16 at 6:00 PM, just as Bill had scheduled. We spent the night in a Walmart parking lot near the shipping docks. What a relief to have the drive across the US done. We made it in 5 days. All we did was drive the interstates. 

Our first day was really bad. We were questioning if we should even make the trip. We hit the road at about 10:30 the morning of April 1st.  Before we got to Central Point the DEF warning light came on. We stopped at the Pilot gas station and added 2 1/2 gallons (bad sign) and drove to Klamath Falls. The DEF warning light was still on and in addition the engine light came on. We added another gallon of DEF. The light still did not go out. After several phone calls we decided the best thing to do was to go back to Medford to the Mercedes dealership. We arrived Friday evening, camped in the dealership lot, hoping they would be able to work on it in the morning. Their service department was booked solid for Saturday service.

We got lucky. They took pity on us and worked on the van first thing in the morning. The problem was fixed and we were on the road 24 hours later then originally planned. Now we had a day to make up. We had to drive longer each day so there was no time to get out and walk. 

We did get in one unexpected stop. We found we were in the area of our bike trip on the GAP trail, Pittsburgh to Washington DC. We visited West Newton, our first night on the bike trip after riding 34 miles. Still looked the same.
 The Trail in West Newton.

 Trail mileage sign.

This is the B and B we stayed in.

The van has now been delivered to the shipping docks. The Sprinter is waiting to be loaded and  start the journey across the Atlantic. We are going to spend time in Baltimore, Washington DC, London, and Bruges until we meet up with the van again.

I made good use of the 1st couple of days on the road. I finished Sprinter Quilt 2 - Etcetera ......
Sprinter Quilt 1 - Stepping Stones stayed home. There was not room in the van for 2 quilts.


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