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Who: Wayne & Pat
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Hmmm... the 8th thru today
01/13/2009, Vero Beach, Fl

Well we've been here working on the boat projects still. Other than work, work, work, not much happening hence no postings really. I've been pretty negligent with my journal - it seems to have taken a back seat for a while. I'll try and be more diligent since it's hard to remember what we've done on which days...

This is a rather nice place to be working on the boat though - stores are accessible and free bus transporation to most places that a cruiser might want to go to :) Picture is of the bus transfer station where the buses all collect on the 1/2 hour

Parts & Pizzas :)
01/07/2009, Vero Beach, FL

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Let my fingers do the walking this morning on the internet to find some hardware stores in Vero Beach (still in search of the correct flat head bolts for the wind generator mounting to the deck). Sewell Hardware on US 1 looked like our best bet and when the bus driver asked if we found our stuff at Lowes yesterday (he was surprised we didn't) also recommended Sewells to us and told us which bus to take and told the bus driver to watch out for us. We caught the bus there and found Sewells, no problem it was two stores down from the bus stop. Unfortunately it didn't have the items we were looking for. We were told to try Vero Industrial a block and a half down, around the corner. They'd probably have it. So, we went around the corner and down the street in the industrial area to Vero Industrial Bearing and Bolt. Ya got to love it when you find just what you need after looking and looking and not finding it in other places! They have quite the assortment of stainless and other types of nuts, bolts, screws, etc... By the time we headed back to the bus stop we'd just missed her so we headed for the gas station with a Blimpy Subs in it and ate lunch then went back to the bus stop to wait for our wondrous chariot back to the marina.

Back on the boat, Wayne started bolting the brackets of the wind generator to the boat while I decided to try making pizza for dinner. I've got to remember to make sure that the alcohol canister for the oven is full before I start these adventures in cooking in an alcohol oven. I should have remembered from the other time when it took 3 hours to heat the oven, and knowing that I hadn't used it in a while should have tickled something in my brain...

The oven got to a mighty 250 degrees over the course of an hour and 45 minutes so I just took my chances and put the pizzas in the oven. (Side note here: my oven is quite small so it won't fit a decent size or normal regular size pizza so I made 3 - 8 inch pizzas and fit two on the rack and one on the bottom of the oven.). After an hour in the oven, the temperature went to 200 degrees but the cheese looked melted finally so after another 15 minutes for good measure - we had PIZZA for dinner! It actually wasn't to bad. The better one was the one on the bottom of the oven (we split that one). The hottest part of the pizza was the pepperoni - I wonder if they have different variations of pepperoni? I can't remember pepperoni ever being so spicy before. Anyhow, I've decided that I can add pizza to our menu on the boat. I just need to remember to fill my burners before using the oven. The top burners - I can pretty much tell when they're getting low on fuel - it takes longer to make coffee in the morning.

Transporation that's hard to beat!
01/06/2009, Vero Beach, FL

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Wow - Vero Beach is much larger than I thought. They have everything here - shopping malls, theaters, you name it - it's here. The best part is the free bus service that stops at the marina and drops you off at various places along specific routes (like Walmart's, Sams, Target, Publix (groceries), Lowes, etc...). We weren't sure of the pattern so while waiting for the bus pickup I asked a couple of ladies how to get to West Marine and Lowes and got the scoop as well as an introduction to the bus driver who told us which bus to take where. While they were out of bus schedules, everyone was very helpful and friendly. It looks like most everything we want can be found by taking the number 1 or number 2 buses - very accommodating for cruisers! We went in search of the stainless bolts - first to Lowes and found quite a bit on our shopping list there but the bolts weren't the right size so we went to West Marine next and ordered some sanitary hose (for the macerator) checked out various things but still didn't find any bolts the correct size. The next delivery to the store is Saturday so it looks like we'll be here until then so we can get the macerator pump going.

After we got back to the marina we decided burgers and beer sounded pretty good so made a side stop at the Riverside Café before going back to the boat. I must say that their burgers are much better than their ribs and of course I got the cole slaw again (it's a winner).

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