72 How to Say Bangor, Maine

I woke up yesterday morning in the Whited Ford parking lot with "King of the Road" by Roger Miller in my mind, so I was excited to head to downtown Bangor to shoot some video and lay it down over the song that, along with Steven King, made Bangor famous. This three-minute videoblog is the result, featuring an interview with Steven Willey of Java Joe's Cafe, 98 Central Street. I'm using YouTube to load it here, because HipCast seems to be cranky this afternoon. You can also watch the video here on the YouTube site, where there is an option to enlarge it to full screen. I will post it via RSS to iTunes and elsewhere as soon as I can rouse HipCast.

We are at the Starbucks near the Bangor Mall, waiting for word from Whited that our rig is ready to drive again. The missing fuel pump showed up early this afternoon, and the guys were beginning the job when we left at 2 p.m. Mike in Service estimated it would take six hours, so we won't be rolling into a Bangor-area campground until 8 p.m. or so, if everything goes well, which it hasn't so far, so we're ready for Night Five at the Whited Family Campground, if that's what's ahead. We were grateful for another complimentary set of showers at the Bangor Tennis Club this morning, the tanks on the Southwind being just about maxed out after a week of dry camping.

Tony Cavallaro, the guy who owns the Southwind, drove two and a half hours from Westbrook, Maine, this morning, to deliver a leveler jack needed to fix the automatic leveling system. So he drove a total of five hours today to help his renters sleep on the level, and we were very grateful for his above-and-beyond service. Thanks, Tony!

Friday, September 22, 2006

71 Detour to Bangor, with Music

A mainly musical treatment of our three-hour tow of the Southwind, from Jackman to Bangor. "Coolage," a pleasing jazz piece by Anne Farnsworth, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

For my blog entry on staying overnight at the Ford service center in Bangor, and a rave review of the tow job by Kevin, click here.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

70 Waiting for the Tow Truck

In Jackman, Maine, 15 miles from the Canadian border, our RV broke down. We are waiting for a tow truck to bring us to Bangor to a Ford dealer. But this was a great place to get stranded!

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Monday, September 18, 2006

69. Old Fort Western

This fort in Augusta, Maine, is the staging point for Benedict Arnold's doomed march to attack Quebec in 1775. I made the video a couple of days ago but have not had access to the internet here in Jackman, Maine, 15 miles from the Quebec border. The RV has broken down, but that's another story and another video, coming soon....

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