Home - Raleigh
This is leg one of a planned journey to Nova Scotia. We'll be in
Washington D.C. for the "Reason Rally", New York City for skating
central park and then on to many hopeful flying sites, visiting with our
Canadian friends. But for now, we're just getting to Raleigh where we'll
fly back to FL.
But first, there has been some drama.
Leaving the house a few weeks ago for
Sun N Fun, Enterprise C went into "limp home mode." We'll call
this impulse power (Star Trek fans will get it). It's not good, 180
anxious horses get reduced to 50 scrawny rats in a rusty wheel with no
food. Pressing the gas pedal elicits mostly squealling laughter and a
top speed of about 45 mph. That was until I figured out how to drive a
50 RP (Rat Power) motorhome. I actually coaxed it up to 65 mph on level
we decided to limp into Sun-N-Fun, leave it for the week, then take it
to the dealership. So we did, enjoying the show and helping run the
USPPA booth with Paul Czarnecki. It ended and we limped to Tampa. That
trip is where I figured out you could get more out of it by shifting
manually. Tim came and got me.
A few days later the dealership called and said they couldn't
duplicate it. I explained that they needed 20+ mph to see the problem
but, even after trying another test drive, they couldn't duplicate it.
Sure enough, when I came to fetch it (thanks
for flying me there--see the sidebar) it was running fine. They said to
bring it back when the problem happened again.
the interim I bought a bluetooth OBD II reader ($15 from Amazon). Cars
since 1996 have these ports to give sensor information and fault codes.
My thought was that, when the problem happened again, I could see it
real time, maybe even clear the code if that would get us to full power.
A week or so later Tim and I set out for Naples to visit my parents
and, you guessed it, pulling out onto the main road from home, it wouldn't
accelerate. I wanted to turn around and just get the car but Tim wisely
suggested we drive to the dealership. The OBD II reader was already
plugged in so I ran the program which showed an Exhaust Gas Regeneration
fault. I left it there so they could see it and also didn't want to
solve the problem temporarily by clearing the fault code, leaving us back in the same boat where
they couldn't duplicate it.
The dealership, much to their credit, took us in right away to start
troubleshooting. The smoking gun was a bad EGR Valve (here's
more if you're bored) that was replaced and solved our problem. Yay.
We were able to do our Naples Trip and the Enterprise's full power was
restored. Moreover, she performed flawlessly there and back.
Onward to Beach Blast
This event is where pampered paramotor
pilots go. Others do, too, of course--we stayed in the Enterprise at
Racoon River Campground
but many pilots luxuriated in the towers right above their launch site.
That rocks. You take an elevator to launch. Really.
That's not how other paramotor events work. They're usually out in a
field, far from anything normal people would call entertainment. I'm not
complaining, mind you, that distance also means immense freedom.
Anyway, it was a good time with really fun people from Thursday
morning through Sunday noon.
Next up was the "Bad Apples" paramotor group near Atlanta, GA.
Here's that story.