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Jags

December 16, 2014 Posted by Deb

Almost exactly three years after our sailing buddy Vickie visited us in St. Martin, we got a call from her inviting us to a Jags football game (that’s the Jacksonville NFL team). We jumped in our little rental car and drove to St. Augustine a day early to take in the festivities. We loved that town before and even more now. We did the light show, parades, and two restaurants we hadn’t been to before including our new lifetime “best burger” at the Candlelight. They put shaved steak on top of the burger and it is wonderful. I decided to quit drinking some other day.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine

Night of Lights in St. Augustine

Night of Lights in St. Augustine

Football, Alcohol and Food

Football, Alcohol and Food

Lunch Bike to St. Simon

It was a big deal because Deb had not biked since her surgery. She was also using one of our folding wedgies rather than her recumbent (wedgy is derogatory for regular upright bikes with small seats). Some of you may remember that it was a wedgy that blew her neck out initially back in the 1980’s on a 100-mile ride called the Split Rock Century. It is eleven miles each way to get to a restaurant on St. Simons with a beach view so a nice break in for her. The end result … gorgeous day but she probably shouldn’t have run 5K that morning.

St. Simons Causeway

St. Simon’s Causeway

Biking Under Spanish Moss

Biking Under Spanish Moss

Turkey Trot – Amelia Island

This one came out of nowhere and before a reality check, we were entered in a race on Amelia Island. We felt a bit better as we checked out the crowd and found that not everyone had their semi-pro running outfits on. We felt even better after the start and we were walking faster than most of the other walkers and we actually were even with a group of runners. The runners just ahead of us were kind of bouncing up and down but not moving forward very fast. We ran/walked the final half and were proud to beat our 10K time by over 2 minutes for a 5K race. Deb finished 7th in her age group and would have finished 5th if she hadn’t stopped just before the finish line to have her picture taken.  I finished 12th in my age group and no one passed me when Deb took my picture. All in all, a very good time and a fraction as hard as a Grenada Hash.

Cross the Finish Line First, Then Take the Picture

Cross the Finish Line First, Then Take the Picture

Fuel Filters

Entropy is gaining on Neytiri and the road trips above are quick diversions from an ongoing battle. Fuel filter changes are not pleasant but the whole process is over pretty quickly. Some even have to change them out in heavy seas when their fuel tanks get churned.  The key is to get all the air out of the lines post filter change and for that, we rely on a gravity fed fuel system. Our routine change of four filters became a two day ordeal when the gravity fed system failed to gravity feed. The process of elimination involved a complete Racor flter tear down, topping off the fuel tanks with jerry jugs for more gravity pressure, a fuel shut off valve tear down, and a lot of sloshing around in diesel fuel. All for nothing. Still no fuel.

Below is a shot of our second to last option. We taped off the fuel tank vent and taped in the hose to our dinghy pump and started pumping. Instant success and a bit more diesel fuel to slosh around in.

Insert Air Here

Insert Air Here

Dock 12

Dock 12