Yesterday at three I was hastily packing tools for a trip to Vancouver, Washington. I wanted to travel light and fast, but needed large adjustable wrenches, open box wrenches, and some beautiful screw drivers. Threw some rain gear in bag, extra tube, bike map clipped on porteur rack, ready to go, no fenders.
I zigged over to Vancouver Ave, following it as it turned into MLK, and over the bridges into Vancouver, Washington. The bike/pedestrian route is by no means clearly laid, and I did lose my way, but made it before the doors locked at my destination.
My project for the afternoon a three group Synesso Cyncra espresso machine, property of Clark County. On the phone reports were about the middle group not activating the water. When I arrived the middle group was operating, except with minimal flow. Upon removing the front panel I notice all three brew group seals failing, definitely a lesson here. Quickly removing two of the brewvalves I cleared the corrosion, remounted them, trimming the surface with a knife, and tightened the bolts mounting the valves so tight one wonders if it was too tight. Time was definitely my enemy last night as I only had one hour, and lack of proper surfacing supplies.
At least the ride was pretty. I must confess, I installed each of these valves a month ago, having resurfaced each group, and with brand new o-rings, careful to properly tighten. It truly baffles me, how all three of my installs failed, and of course I must go back to rework the fittings now. This troubles my sleep, and it probably will until I can get back and be assured that my seals are tight, and my work area clean. It helps that the ride is nice.
The sky had begun to darken with clouds as I left Vancouver. The bridge was tight, and I passed for the second time that day the Custom Gold Teeth sign. Getting lost, I found a new way back. For about ten blocks I was paced, on a residential street, by an ice cream truck that was mixing its ice cream truck music. Tools heavy on my back, I stopped to get some tortillas, and then cut home to sleep.