Our second day on the road from the Bay Area to Portland was certainly not as stressful, nor as eventful, but it was certainly memorable. Joy and I woke up early the next morning so we could get an early start out in hopes of being home by dinner. With every minute, our desire to just be at our parents’ house grew and grew. We hit up the free continental breakfast, downed as much coffee as we could stomach, and prepared for our next face off against Mr. Honda. In our escapades the day before, we’d learned from a few different generous men who’d stopped to help us that our biggest issue was that the cap to our radiator was broken.
Fortunately, our hotel was just a half-mile from the nearest Auto Parts store! We walked down and bought a replacement piece that cost only $10. On one hand, we were glad that the damage wasn’t so severe that we’d have to take the car in for repairs, but on the other hand, we were slightly irked that a stupid $10 piece was what kept us from making it home the day before.
We put on the new piece and took Mr. Honda out for a short drive around town, just to test him out. The temperature and RPM gauges were doing great and there was no sign of any steam, so Joy and I did a little dance, checked out, refilled the radiator with more water and coolant, and set out for the open road AGAIN!
Our success was short-lived. As soon as we hit the first hill, Mr. Honda was out and out all over again. Steam pouring out from the hood, water being spat out from a different spot, and the engine was on fire (not literally… but we were concerned about it happening). We called our brilliant cousin, Josh, who used to work for Kragen and he told us to blast the heater and not to exceed the speed limit NO MATTER WHAT. As a Californian, I was almost offended by the idea of staying a speed limit the entire time, but we had no choice. The car kept overheating and we just wanted to get home. We also agreed to stop every 30-60 minutes to check the water and coolant in the radiator and give the car a chance to cool down a bit.
My next post will be from Beijing, China! See y’all then… I hope you enjoyed reading about our experience more than we did going through it!