September 30 – Travel to Fort Bragg to Visit the Glass Beach
We drove west over the Coastal Range on a windy two-lane road to Fort Bragg, a coastal town and old military site.
Heather Peterson suggested that we visit Glass Beach in Fort Bragg and our change in itinerary gave us the opportunity to do so.
The beach is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town. In addition to sea glass, there was steel cable, part of a 4-cylinder engine casting and a large turf tire.
The best part of the trip was viewing the Pacific Ocean with the large waves crashing against the coastal rocks.
We stopped at a Mexican restaurant for lunch and I partially ate a huge vegetable burrito with roasted veggies. We shared a bean dip which included rings of jalapenos that gave it a kick.
On our travel to Fort Bragg, we were stopped by a wide-load lead car sitting in the middle of the road. It was stopping traffic because the wide load was a tractor trailer carrying a large Cat excavator. The trailer was the kind with four rear axles for the heavy loads.
When the truck and trailer attempted to make a sharp right hand curve, the 8 right hand rear trailer tires moved off of the road which caused the trailer to tilt and the excavator lean and bump against a Redwood and stop forward travel.
We did not wait around to watch how the problem was resolved but ended up behind the tractor/trailer on our return trip east back to Willits.
Nuts and Bolts and Lost Balls
Washington, Oregon and California Highway Departments do a great job of positioning yellow speed signs before curves. I respect their suggestions when I drive the RV because our high center of gravity motor home does perform well at speeds greater than what the signs show.
At least twice, in the hundreds of curves that we maneuvered in the west coast mountain roads, I exceeded the recommended speed. Both times, one of the kitchen drawers chose to unlock and move rapidly toward the bathroom and stop askew.
The drawer guides consist of channels one of which has small holes for positioning 20 small balls that enable the rolling of the drawer. When the drawer moves out beyond normal due to the failure of the ineffective plastic stop, the 20 balls are no longer retained and fall out.
The first time that our drawer went askew, we could only find 18 balls on the floor. We used an LED light and a magnet to find the 18. The second time that I went too fast on a curve, the plastic stops both failed and 38 balls fell on the floor. We found 36 so we are down 4 balls.
Each time that we reinstalled the balls, we improved our assembly process and by the third assembly, we, the assembly team, had reduced our assembly time by half. : )
The drawer guides work OK with fewer balls but with our experiences thus far, we are going to run out of balls by the time we get home in November.
So, after admiring the sea glass, we stopped at a lumber store and bought a length of lath that will be used to lock the three drawers together so the other drawer latches will assist in holding the middle drawer in its place. See photo for application.