|Thursday morning dawned gray and dreary but the temperature was decent. I had a hair appointment at 10am so Larry started the laundry while I was gone. One of several projects needing done before we get back on the road Friday morning. Don came over around noon to help his dad install the new parts we purchased for our Motosat Datastorm satellite.
You may remember that we've had Internet issues for the past few months. We thought it was our modem originally, but after purchasing and installing a new one, as well as a new router, we learned that what we really needed all along was a new LNB. We located one in Eugene, Oregon and picked it up over a week ago. We actually purchased a whole new arm that included the LNB and a 2 watt transmitter. We currently have a 1 watt transmitter but we understand by changing to a 2 watt we should have better, faster signal strength. But what really sold us was better upload/download speeds. There are different thoughts on this in the datastorm users forum, but we decided the price difference made it worth a try. We'll let you know in case you need to replace yours any time soon. Because we've had rv park internet service everywhere we've stayed, we've put it off. So today was the day.
I was glad Don was there to go up on the roof with Larry. I'm never really comfortable when he's up there, especially alone. Of course shortly after they removed the old unit it started to rain. Not hard, but enough to soak them both by the time they were done. A rubber roof can be quite slippery when wet, so I was very glad when they were down on safe ground. Larry reconnected everything, and bingo, we were up and running in a flash! Hallelujah, our internet frustrations seem to be over. And our speed is excellent. So perhaps the 2 watt transmitter was a good decision after all!
Earlier in the day I put a roast in the crockpot with all the fixings. Kelly has been preparing wonderful dinners nearly every night since we arrived. So it was my turn in the kitchen. Don and Larry arrived at the house in time to help carve two jack-o-lanterns. Well actually, Don, Kelly and Miss Lily carved. We watched. They did a fabulous job. Tom and Lisa arrived about 5:30 and we all had an enjoyable meal and visit. All too soon it was time to head home to prepare for today's departure.
I am writing this evening from the Wal-Mart in Yreka, California. We got on the road this morning after hugs from Don and grandson DJ. The girls were still asleep so we'll catch them next time. It was sunny and beautiful nearly all the way to Medford. We stopped there for a few things from Costco, and then decided to visit Wal-Mart too. We like to take advantage of no sales tax in Oregon. After leaving Medford, Interstate 5 south begins to climb and climb and climb! The ride is beautiful and we really enjoyed most of it! Except for the part where we were enveloped in a thick cloud for a number of miles. But as we exited above the cloud, we looked back for a neat view of where we'd just been.It was cool... And not many miles down the road the snow covered cap of Mt Shasta came into view. Beautiful! The sky had a pretty pink hue, a wonderful view for our last few miles. Our destination for tomorrow is Reno as we make our way into Nevada toward home. Hope the weather and the roads remain as beautiful as they were today!