Things are looking up – will write more later (got to go work on it), but its not the compression and likely the oiler…… awesome….
Stuck under a bridge tormenting the trolls, it just wasn’t suppose to end this way – and its not going to, it was tough yesterday thinking it might end – even though I could find and live with the positives in it all, I really wasn’t ready to get off the river.
Sometimes it takes a little extra ‘push,’ I had no idea where that would come from – and with that David Campbell of Natchez, his mechanic friend Kent (Miss-Lou Marine in Vadalia), bro-in-law Richard/Janis and all others I know were pulling for us – helped us to understand what the little motor was telling us…………….
any automobile doing the same thing would be the end – but when I saw the compression readings of 120 – it was a great feeling, it wasn’t what I thought. Evidently the oiler was dumping all the oil through the motor, so much that it wouldn’t/couldn’t run – fix; bypass and disconnect the oiler, mix the fuel directly, and pick up a couple new sets of plugs (several sets).
The ‘extra-push’ really summed up everything I had learned about the folks along the Mississippi River, someone always seemed interested and willing to ‘step-up’ and lend that extra-push, with a smile. Thank you.
It was also an opportunity to take it out of the water and check for damage from that wing-dam scrape below Cairo at the end of Day 14 (which had been bothering me), all was fine – I was relieved.
Thanks Richard Mayes for driving all that way in the heat, and Mr David Campbell for your persistence and patience with a stranger – this became from about the worst to about the finest moment (and feeling) of the entire trip.
ok, so with this post – Patrick (crew), myself, and “Wilson” are headed back down the river towards Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, and New Orleans – maybe further.