Friday, July 27, 2007

Alaska Air History Museum

I took the truck to the alignment shop this morning and they put it on their machine, only to find out that the alignment was not off by enough to cause the tire wear. They think the wear problem was caused by a bad shock absorber on that corner of the truck, and that is one of the possibilities that was suggested by the Michelin dealer yesterday, so they tried to find a replacement. There is none in Anchorage. So, I decided we would head for Fairbanks as planned and see if I can get someone there to order a set and have them installed there.

Then I went back to the Michelin dealer and had them replace the badly worn tire. You think your tires cost a lot. Try $528 for one tire! With rotation and balancing it was a about $650. At least it now rides very smoothly. I’ve just got to get that shock replaced before I head south so another tire does not get damaged beyond repair. Actually, if I do have to drive it back down to the lower 48 it would not be that much of a problem, but I would rather get it fixed before we leave if I can.

This afternoon we went to the Alaska Heritage Air Museum located at Hood Lake by the international airport. They have several old airplanes that were used here in Alaska during the early days of flight up here, as well as some movies you can watch and some other static displays. Afterwards we watched float planes taking off on the lake and made a drive around it. I did not know so many float planes existed in the world. There are hundreds of them. It was interesting.

Then it was back to home, a little grocery shopping and a quiet evening of TV. Tomorrow we will begin our journey away from the coast toward Fairbanks again. It has only gotten up to 70 degrees three times this month in Anchorage and Dianna would like to find some warmer weather. Fairbanks is usually about 10 degrees warmer than Anchorage so that will make her happier.

1 comment:

  1. We saved a lot of money by buying a tire in Canada, just before we got to the border of the lower 48. When we crossed into Montana or Idaho (I think it was Idaho, as we went past the River of No Return, the Snake, where the "poor but friendly Indians", helped Lewis and Clark) we got back all the tax. It saved quite a bit, made the tire cheaper than it would have been here, also. Maybe we got some money due to the rate of exchange.