Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Vroom Vroom!

Oh...and chalk one up to Audi technology and the power of (relatively) new batteries. The main to-do for today was to to get my car back up and running. Unlike Brian's Subaru, which had enjoyed country living (complete with some mice houseguests) during our travels, my car had been quietly waiting under its dust cloth in the corner of Wade and Chelle's garage. (Thanks be for friends with large garages!).

Last May we had followed all the instructions for getting a car ready for storage: pumping up the tires, putting additive in the fuel, stuffing steel wool in the exhaust pipes, pulling the windshield wipers away from the windows, and disconnecting the baterry. Today was the day to put it all back together again. The plan was to have AAA come by to try and jump start the car. Speaking with the dealership and other car people, it sounded like there was a decent chance that after all this time the battery wouldn't hold a charge anymore and we'd have to have it towed to the dealership. We had everything put back together and were getting ready to call AAA when Wade suggested that we give the car a try first, just for kicks. Unbelievably it started right up again on the second try after almost 16 months of inactivity. Not bad. Not bad at all. Now we just have to figure out how to make our way over to the DMV without being pulled over for having expired license tags.....


Trip pic: Peering through an ice-cave on Franz Josef glacier


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