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Melissa & Dave - Adventures at Sea

Not sure Jim will fly with Dave again

September 10, 2016

Jim and Margaret had left their car at the ferry dock at Anacortes.  The plan was for them to take the ferry back to Anacortes from Victoria.  But Jim much loved the idea of flying home in Spike.  So Melissa and Jim switched spots.  Dave and Jim drove Melissa and Margaret down to Victoria and dropped them at the ferry terminal.  Then Jim and Dave drove back to Nanaimo airport where they hopped in Spike planning to take off for home.  They should have beat the girls there by several hours.  Alas it was not to be.  Spike's right brake failed as they began to taxi.  So as Dave tried to stop the plane, he ended up going in circles to the left.  Hmmm.  Probably shouldn't take off like that, huh?  Because breaking on landing is gonna be problematic.

Fortunately, there was a mechanic on a Saturday afternoon at Nanaimo airport who was perfectly happy to help.  Spike had blown a seal on the piston that controls the caliper on the brake.  The mechanic had the right part, and got it installed in under 20 minutes.  But the delay to figure out what was wrong, and find the mechanic had delayed the guys to where Melissa and Margaret knew they would be ahead of them.

So the girls stopped and grabbed supplies for dinner and headed to Jim and Margaret's for one last dinner together.

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