2/5/2014 – Dora 2013-2014 RIP

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. 



About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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6 Responses to 2/5/2014 – Dora 2013-2014 RIP

  1. joan yoder says:

    You had me going there for a minute. I did not think your rig was called “Dora” but I wasn’t sure. Glad she is working again. Love, Mom

  2. strdon says:

    You gotta do Fosters Bighorn in Rio Vista. Obscene display of trophy animal heads on the walls. Hamburgers ok.

    • sryoder says:

      We noticed Foster’s on our way out of town this morning. Based just on the sign I said, “I heart Foster’s”. But then, on second glance, it looked like a hunter’s store. I only hearted it if it was a tavern. Looks like maybe we should have stopped.

  3. Sandy Holeman says:

    Yay! Glad you got Dora back to working.

    I love that road you took that travels along the Sacramento River. It’s extra fun to read of places you visit when I have been there. Don’t think I’ve been to Rio Vista, but certainly in the neighborhood.

    It’s so nice to have the blog going again. Thanks Steve.

  4. Raoul says:

    Greetings my friends!!!

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