Dora died today. No symptoms. Never saw it coming. She was working just fine when we stopped in Lincoln to have lunch with Jay and Pam. But when we started back up after lunch, she wouldn’t power up. She’s plugged into a USB->cig. lighter adapter which is in turn plugged into a duplex converter (one side is USB and the other is cig. lighter) which is directly plugged into the Toyota’s cigarette lighter. All the pilot lights showed that everything was receiving power. But, just to be sure I plugged Dora directly into the USB side of the duplex adapter. No joy. So I took the duplex unit out of the circuit. Still no joy. Tried plugging Dora directly into the USB port on my computer. Still no joy. The mini end of Dora’s cable looked just like a Kindle USB so I trued the Kindle cord. You guessed it. So I tried plugging the Kindle in using Dora’s cord and it worked just fine. So, I’ve eliminated everything except Dora herself. There’s no access to the interior to change a fuse or something and, since I have no wifi tonight, I can’t go online for help. Tomorrow we’ll find a Walmart (Dora is a TomTom GPS) and see if we can get any satisfaction. If not, we’ll go somewhere and buy a Garmin. Can’t hardly imagine driving around w/o a GPS anymore. SO nice not to have to try to figure out a map while driving among a bunch of other cars.
We decided to press on to Rio Vista for the night. Once we got off the interstates and through Sacramento, we had a very enjoyable ride along the top of the delta (Hwy 160) alongside the Sacramento River.
Even without Dora we managed to find the Duck Island RV Park. They advertised full hook-ups and wifi. Their “off-season” price of $36/night seemed a little steep after last night’s $25. But when we found out they didn’t have public restrooms or showers, that was pretty much a deal-breaker. We prefer to use our own holding tank for nothing ranker than urine unless absolutely necessary. Easier to keep the poo out than it is to clean it out. So, we prefer places with public restrooms. And we’d rather not ever take a shower onboard if we don’t have to. This is generally not an issue since every RV park we’ve ever stayed at had both of these facilities. Fortunately, the guy at Duck Island told us about Sandy Shores Park across the river that does have public restrooms and showers. We headed over and found out it was a county park. The campsites have water and electricity but no sewer hook-up. No matter since the wastewater treatment plant is one the road into the park and provides a very convenient dump station. No charge. Also there are public restrooms and showers and the charge is only $30/night (if I was two years and one month older, it’d be $18/night. The downside is that they don’t have wifi. However, there’s a McDonald’s in Rio Vista and we have time for a leisurely morning tomorrow. And, there are currently 3 rigs parked here. The other two are at the other end of the park, near the other restroom. Down where we’re at, there’s no one. And since it’s 5:40 PM, I don’t expect too many more campers to stop in tonight. We basically have our own private public restroom and shower.
UPDATE: Dora has come back to life. We’re at McD’s in Rio Vista right now and I checked the internet and found out how to reset her. Not sure if it’s C(yber)PR, or the digital equivalent of an infusion of vampire blood but we’re glad she’s back.