Hot But Here

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm
By: Doug Lund
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Update on the Lund vacation…day four.

22 miles from our destination and big red, fed up with the heat, decides to boil over in downtown Pickens, South Carolina. It’s 95 degrees and stop lights every 100 yards or so which the car dislikes and manifests that displeasure by leaving us stranded on a street corner with steam billowing out from under the hood. We waited around for an hour to let her cool down then felt brave enough to unscrew the coolant cap (De ja vu all over again.) No Mt. Vesuvius this time just a little poof of hot air. While Linda and I sat on a bench in the shade, Denny and Joanie walked to a quaint little hardware store and asked the owner if he might be able to provide a bucket of water. The man was the persona of Southern hospitality and before long we had big red running and cool least until we got to Tom and Ilene’s neighborhood and the car decided to boil over again .04 miles from their house.

I have an appointment with the radiator shop tomorrow morning and hopefully they can fix this annoying problem so we can continue our vacation through the South hassle free. Of course it wouldn’t be a problem if the temperature and humidity were not both pushing 100.

But let’s see. It’s all worth it with a golf game in the morning and a back porch view like this.

south carolina trip 024

Ooops, gotta go. We’re going for a happy hour boat ride around Lake Keowee with snacks and cocktails.

In spite of the curves it throws our way…life is good.

More later.


  1. MDH says:

    Doug, I think that you and Big REd maybe need a parting of ways. Buy a van. the ride will be just as good and the view from inside will be better.

  2. Christy says:

    So glad you made it safely and hope you get Big Red fixed. What a gorgeous view! Hi Uncle Tom and Aunt Eileen!!

  3. SQUIBBY says:

    Isn’t this the same car that bogged down your travels in the Southwest? Sounds like it’s time to retire old red.

  4. Doug Lund says:

    It is..and I should.

  5. grouse says:

    There are NO fixes to radiators. I’ve had a couple of cars like that. I’ll bet a lot of Tom’s neighbors are rich, ex radiator repairmen. I’m sure Tom has long since gone east coast and doesn’t have a gun. So, you’ll have to knock on a few doors and try to find a former radiator repairman who will let you borrow his gun so you can shoot Big Red before it kills you. Also remember you are staying with thin people, so you might want to run down to the convenience store and stock up on some beef jerky, slim-jims, chips and canned peanuts to get you through the night. Salads and tofu just don’t stick to a Norske’s ribs when the nights are long. Hopefully that boat cruise isn’t BYOB….but knowing Tom…..
    Anaway (as Ruck would say), we’re glad you made it.

  6. Suzan says:

    Yay! You made it at last. Sorry to hear Big Red is giving you troubles. All the talk here in Nebraska is that joining the Big 10 should make all things Big Red that much better. :) Please give Tom and Ilene a big hug from me!

  7. Cami Kehoe says:

    This made me smile and hopefully after your last post it will do the same for you:
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard. :)

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